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January 2018
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Celebrating 25 Years of Justice

Her Justice is 25 years old this year!  In 1993, the year we launched, Sleepless in Seattle was a box office hit, Harvard tuition was a mere $23,514.00, there was a siege in Waco, Ruth Bader Ginsberg was appointed to the Supreme Court, and Whitney Houston was topping the charts with “I Will Always Love You.”

And Cathy Douglass, then a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, had an idea.  Read more here about our 25 year history and where we’re going next.

Photo: Staff in 1999

Averting Disaster, By a Hair

Without a lawyer, Flora would have dropped off her 10-year-old son at school in the morning, yet wouldn’t have been there to pick him up that afternoon.  She was lucky, but luck shouldn’t determine who gets the opportunity to live in safety with their children.  Read here how Her Justice legal staff (L-R Simone Harstead, Kirby Tyrrell, Amanda Doroshow, Wendy Silva, and Diane Feniello not pictured) raced to prevent Flora’s deportation and apply for immigration relief available to victims of domestic violence — completing in weeks a process that usually takes months.

 

   
Driving Change in Family Court
Child support is one of the most important issues facing our clients.  For many single moms, even a small award can be the difference between deepest poverty and putting a roof over a child’s head and food on the table.  Yet Family Court is difficult for our clients to navigate by themselves.  Managing Policy Attorney Rachel Braunstein and Columbia Public Interest Law Fellow Jacqui Pitt have developed the Child Support Court Monitoring Project in collaboration with The Fund for Modern Courts.  The data recorded by volunteers who attend Family Court sessions to observe child support cases will help further our efforts to advocate for family court reform and economic justice for NYC women. https://youtu.be/Pu3mYdfkAgs
   
An Inside Look Into Our Justice System

Judge Tandra Dawson of the Manhattan Supreme Court’s Integrated Domestic Violence Section recently hosted a Her Justice Insider Tour.  We invite supporters to join us in gaining exclusive insight into the civil and criminal court systems many survivors of domestic violence must navigate on their own.  “I fully enjoy the part of my work that’s about helping people,” states Judge Dawson, “even though some of their stories can be very painful.”

Visit our Events page to see upcoming Her Justice Events and learn more about seeing our work firsthand.

Join Team Her Justice for the 2018 United Airlines Half Marathon on Sunday, March 18!

Keep up your fitness resolutions and run for a cause with Team Her Justice on a completely new course that will take runners on a 13.1 mile tour of iconic city landmarks from Brooklyn to Manhattan.  We have a limited number of entry slots available for team members who commit to raise at least $1,500 for Her Justice.   You’ll receive some great benefits in return!  Click here for details and application information: https://give.herjustice.org/2018halfmarathon
New Year – New Look!
As one of our first celebrations of 25 years of justice for NYC women living in poverty, we’re excited to launch our brand new Her Justice website, redesigned to better serve clients, volunteers, and everyone interested in learning more about Her Justice.  Visit us at www.herjustice.org to check it out!

 

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