Policy Bulletin

Latest Policy Actions and Developments


Immigration:

  • Her Justice testified before the City Council in a hearing concerning legal services for asylum seekers.  We emphasized the need for robust support for full legal services/representation for undocumented immigrants and the role Her Justice and our pro bono partners play in the City’s legal ecosystem. | October 18, 2023
  • Her Justice signed on to a letter to President Biden and the White House urging the administration to immediately end all immigration policies that persecute, exclude, and deport Haitian refugees given conditions in Haiti, including socioeconomic challenges, political instability, and gang violence and crime – aggravated by environmental disaster. | October 12, 2023
  • Her Justice signed on to a letter to members of the U.S. Congress raising concerns that H.R.2601, which would require entities that contract with the National Human Trafficking Hotline to cooperate with State and local law enforcement agencies when receiving tips via the hotline, would not adequately protect survivors’ need for confidentiality. | September 8, 2023
  • Her Justice signed on to a letter spearheaded by ASISTA to Governor Kathy Hochul of New York State encouraging her to sign the Fair Courts for Immigrant New Yorkers bill (A.3057 / S. 5826) into law, which would require criminal courts to provide accurate information about the immigration consequences of convictions prior to acceptance of a plea and permit a noncitizen defendant time to assess immigration consequences. | August 21, 2023
  • Her Justice contributed to an amicus brief that ASISTA and the National Immigration Litigation Alliance submitted in an appeal in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington urging for judicial review of immigration agency decisions in the U nonimmigrant visa adjustment of status process. | June 26, 2023
  • Her Justice and other legal service providers signed on to a letter in support of Catholic Charities Community Services, which suspended Immigration Court Helpdesk services for the month of June in protest against abusive behavior by the security guards at 26 Federal Plaza towards their staff and stakeholders. | June 6, 2023
  • Her Justice prepared a memorandum in support of the N.Y. Access to Representation Act (S.00999/ A.00170), which would create a right to counsel for anyone in New York facing deportation who cannot afford legal representation on their own and provide much needed funding to build the supply of legal representation services, including social services support, to meet the demand throughout New York State. | March 24, 2023
  • Her Justice along with other women’s rights, gender equity, and reproductive justice organizations, supported a letter to Governor Hochul and Members of the NYS Senate and Assembly advocating for the passage of the Nail Salon Minimum Standards Council Act (S.1800/A.378), an innovative labor policy that would create a sectoral council of workers and small business owners to help set new labor standards in nail salons across NYS.  Her Justice supported this measure because poor working conditions in nail salons overwhelmingly impact immigrant women of color, and Her Justice is committed to economic justice for these New Yorkers. | March 22, 2023
  • Her Justice, along with other organizations that serve survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, submitted comments in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements, urging consistent exemption from filing fees for all survivor-based categories to reduce confusion among survivors as well as the service providers that work with them. | March 9, 2023
  • Her Justice, as a member of I-ARC, signed on to a letter urging an extension of the public comment period related to rulemaking around the Biden administration’s Title 42 border policy. | March 1, 2023
  • Her Justice signed on to a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging a “no” vote on the “Border Safety and Security Act,” which would seal off all borders and ports of entry to asylum seekers if Department of Homeland Security agents cannot detain or return to Mexico all arriving asylum seekers and migrants. | January 12, 2023
  • Her Justice, as a member of I-ARC, joined other immigrants’ rights groups in a letter opposing Governor Hochul’s nomination of Justice Hector LaSalle to serve as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals. | January 10, 2023

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Intimate Partner Violence:

  • Her Justice participated in a conference – Justice for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: Transforming an Inequitable Family Law System – held on October 13 and 14, 2022, along with others from leading nonprofit agencies that serve and advocate for survivors of IPV, members of the NYS judiciary and other system actors, and survivors.  Her Justice and the other advocates contributed to a report summarizing the conference that was published in the Columbia Law School Journal of Gender and Law. | August 27, 2023
  • Her Justice participated in a statewide policy listening session hosted by the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and the NYS Office of Victim Services and attended by advocates, court administration representatives, and others. | July 25, 2023
  • Her Justice joined other organizations working with survivors of domestic violence/intimate partner violence in a letter Governor Kathy Hochul to grant clemency for Nicole Addimando, a survivor who is incarcerated for crimes stemming from the abuse she suffered. | December 13, 2022
  • Her Justice submitted testimony for a City Council hearing led by the Committees on Women and Gender Equity and Civil and Human Rights concerning the expansion of protections for victims of domestic violence to include economic abuse through Int. 0148-2022, which would amend the City’s human rights law definition of domestic violence, and the issue of coerced debt. | December 12, 2022

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Child Support

  • Her Justice was joined by law firm partners and coalition partners in two letters to Governor Hochul urging support for developing and resourcing an expedited settlement process for child support in the Family Courts as an effective and achievable solution to improving access for families. | January 2023
  • Her Justice was joined by pro bono partner firms Fried Frank and Orrick in a letter to Governor Hochul advocating for reform to the New York child support system and the Family Courts.  The letter urged the Governor to develop and resource an option for parents seeking agreement on undisputed child support to engage in an expedited settlement conference process in the Family Courts, rather than spending months or years litigating cases and clogging the courts unnecessarily. | January 2023
  • Her Justice met with counsel and others in the New York State Governor’s office to discuss our legislative proposal to pilot an administrative conference process for straightforward, undisputed child support and the need for child support reform generally in the State.  Her Justice continues to strategize about this advocacy and engage with coalition partners who have been supporters on the need for reform. | October 31, 2022
  • Her Justice submitted our legislation piloting an administrative conference for agreed upon child support (S.8554, Persaud/A.9104, Reyes) for inclusion in the NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus 2023 People’s Budget.  (The proposal was included in the 2022 People’s Budget list of priorities.)  | August 17, 2022
  • Her Justice held a Virtual Lobby Day to lobby for legislation that could provide parents in New York with better and additional options for accessing fair and timely child support awards more efficiently.  The day kicked-off with remarks from bill sponsor Senator Roxanne Persaud and Her Justice client Humu Yansane. | May 5, 2022

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Divorce

Stay tuned for updates and developments in this area of our policy agenda!

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Courts and Other Allyship:

  • Her Justice submitted a memorandum to Governor Hochul expressing support for S.5162/A.5772, a NYS bill that would allow litigants in civil cases to swear to a statement under penalty of perjury without having to notarize the document and would remove significant barriers to access to justice for low-income New Yorkers, especially in housing, civil and family court matters. | October 13, 2023
  • Her Justice is proud to have advocated for Senate Bill 5162/Assembly Bill 5772; this policy change will remove significant barriers for low-income New Yorkers — especially in housing, civil, and family court matters — and create a more fair playing field for litigants like our clients. | June 6, 2023
  • Her Justice submitted testimony for New York State Human Services and Public Protection budget hearings highlighting the needs of the communities we serve and the multifaceted services we provide. | February 7 and 13, 2023
  • Her Justice submitted testimony for a City Council hearing on the expansion of the CityFHEPS rental assistance program, which focused on the interconnectedness of housing stability and our clients’ ability to participate in the civil justice system. | January 18, 2023
  • Her Justice supported proposed New York State legislation that would create a Women’s Commission on Reentry to bring stakeholders in government along with advocates and service providers to study the needs of women returning from New York’s jails and prisons, including trauma, housing, domestic violence, and access to legal assistance and legal barriers to reentry, and focus on gender-responsive solutions to these challenges. | December 14, 2022
  • Her Justice (by Naomi Young) along with other organizations authored a report titled “Reinvesting in Economic Justice, Equity, & Solidarity for Survivors in New York City,” with survivor-centered policy proposals relating to coerced debt, public benefits, and solidarity economy.
  • Her Justice and other advocates participated in a roundtable discussion with Director Chopra of the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on the issues impacting consumers in our communities, particularly as they relate to the intersection of intimate partner violence and consumer protection. | October 6, 2022
  • Her Justice engaged a team of graduate students in the NYU Wagner Capstone program to study policies around reporting of court system data in New York and beyond to support our advocacy for greater transparency of New York’s court data to support solutions for civil justice reform. | October 3, 2022
  • Her Justice, by Naomi Young who is a co-chair of the New York City Domestic Violence and Consumer Law Working Group, submitted testimony for the Hearing on Civil Legal Services in New York held by the New York State Permanent Commission on Access to Justice.  The Working Group’s testimony highlighted the civil legal services needs of domestic violence survivors who experience economic abuse, consumer debt, and credit reporting issues. | September 19, 2022

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