This Giving Tuesday, give the gift of civil justice to a struggling New Yorker. Unlike the criminal justice system, there is no universal right to counsel for civil cases involving basic needs like shelter, food, education and health care. As a result, only those who can afford an attorney are likely to see their cases resolved fairly.
Right now in New York State more than 80% of civil litigants are unrepresented. A staggering 2.3 million New Yorkers – most of them low-income families – are forced to navigate the courts alone each year.
Read more in the report of the Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York State.
By supporting NYLAG, you can ensure that:
- A cancer patient has access to lifesaving treatment.
- A victim of domestic violence permanently escapes her abuser.
- A hardworking immigrant achieves his dream of US citizenship.
- An Iraqi war veteran avoids homelessness.
- A disabled senior has daily attendant care at home.
- A child with special needs gets an appropriate public education.
Make a secure contribution to the project of your choice at nylag.org/donate. 100% of your gift will go toward providing civil legal services to an individual or family in need.…….Tweet
Faina’s Story: Faina is a 68-year-old immigrant from the Former Soviet Union who shares a one-bedroom apartment with her husband. Living solely on an income of Social Security and Food Stamps, the elderly couple faced great difficulty affording their $1,135 monthly rent and had fallen several months behind. With the assistance of a local community center, they received a voucher for Section 8 housing assistance. Their landlord refused to accept the voucher, and the center referred Faina to NYLAG. NYLAG advocated on their behalf with their landlord, and after those efforts failed, NYLAG filed a discrimination claim with the New York City Human Rights Commission. As a result of NYLAG’s efforts, the landlord now fully complies with Section 8 housing requirements enabling the couple to apply a monthly voucher in the amount of $905 to offset their rent. With NYLAG’s help, Faina and her husband are no longer living under the threat of eviction.