America Makes It too Hard and Dangerous to Get Divorced
TIME Magazine published an article about the importance of making divorce more accessible, especially for survivors of domestic violence. Her Justice Executive Director Amy Barasch was interviewed for the piece as an expert in the gendered implications of the complexity of divorce, especially as it impacts women living in poverty and those who are victims of partner violence. The article shows why the divorce practice at Her Justice is a critical piece of our overall social justice mission.
“We see divorce as a social justice issue,” Barasch said. “Highlighting the impact of ludicrously complicated divorce laws is so important, especially for women.”Read more
City Limits Opinion: Do We Really Support Children?
In this opinion piece, published in City Limits, Her Justice Director of Policy Rachel Braunstein outlines the importance of NY’s child support system, including how more efficient processes and better access could combat childhood poverty.
“While states like New York emphasize supporting vulnerable women and children as a priority, there has been too little focus on the need to improve the child support system to do so—especially within family courts. Instead, these courts—which handle hundreds of thousands of cases per year—have been historically neglected.”Read more
Her Justice Raises Record-Breaking $3.25 million at 2022 Annual Photography Auction + Benefit
A record-breaking celebration, including a silent photography auction and mission exhibit, the event raised over $3.25 million for the New York City organization. The funds raised include contributions from Diamond-level sponsors Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LP; and PJT Partners as well as over 160 additional sponsors.Read more
Her Justice Policy Research Cited in Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on NY Family Court
Her Justice contributed to and was cited in a report on the consequences of the pandemic on the NYC Family Court. The report, led by the Fund for Modern Courts and the New York City Bar Association, details the dire need for reform as well as substantive recommendations for how to improve and modernize the system.Read more
Expanding the Potential of Pro Bono (Legal-Tech Matters Podcast)
Her Justice Executive Director Amy Barasch speaks with Litera’s Ari Kaplan about the power of pro bono, how Her Justice continues to collaborate with volunteer attorneys during the pandemic, and our latest policy report.Read more
Her Justice Testifies to NYSBA President’s Committee on Access to Justice and Committee on Legal Aid
In testimony to the New York State Bar Association’s President’s Committee on Access to Justice and Committee on Legal Aid, Her Justice Supervising Attorney Anna Ognibene outlines barriers to justice within the New York City Family Court system, including court closures and severe case delays during the pandemic, plus recommendations for improving the system for all.Read more
Our Legal System’s Response to COVID-19, Impact on Clients
Her Justice Director of Law & Policy Hamra Ahmad speaks about how vulnerable populations rely on legal systems during times of crisis, as a panelist in the APHA’s conversation: Crisis Lawyering: Legal Responses to Public Health Challenges and Opportunities.Read more
Her Justice Policy Report Cited in Testimony by Judge Jolly
Judge Anne-Marie Jolly, Deputy Administrative Judge for the NYC Family Courts, cited the Her Justice policy report, Towards Justice for Parents in Child Support Courts, in testimony at a hearing convened by the NYS Chief Judge about funding for civil legal services.Read more
Her Justice 2021 Annual Photography Auction & Benefit Raises Historic $3+ Million
May 11, 2021
A record-breaking, virtual program and auction, the event raised over $3 million for the New York City organization, which stands with women living in poverty by providing them with free, critical legal services in the areas of family, matrimonial, and immigration law. The funds raised include contributions from Diamond-level sponsors…Read more
Legal Obstacles to Women Living in Poverty During the Pandemic: A Conversation with Her Justice
April 22, 2021
Proskauer hosted a panel presentation with Her Justice to raise awareness of economic and legal obstacles facing women who are living in poverty in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel was moderated by Proskauer associate Elizabeth Siegel, a member of the Her Justice Junior Advisory Board, and features Her Justice attorneys Hamra Ahmad, Anna Maria Diamanti, and Prathiba Desai.Read more