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Newsday: Aid offered for 9/11 health claims process

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April 16, 2012

So far, the Justice Center has helped 94 clients at three clinics since last fall, Executive Director Lynn Kelly said Friday.

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New York Times: As Barriers to Lawyers Persist, Immigrant Advocates Ponder Solutions

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May 4, 2011

More than two years ago, a federal judge in New York began a crusade to find lawyers for the many immigrants who are detained...

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Justice Center Testifies at NY State Assembly Foreclosure Hearings

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November 18, 2010

Lynn Armentrout, the director of the City Bar Justice Center's Foreclosure Project, testified yesterday at a New York State Assembly public hearing on the "Impact of the Mortgage Foreclosure Process and Crisis."

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Vance Center Announces 2010 Access to Justice Award Winners

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September 22, 2010

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WBAI: Varick Street Federal Detention Center Closing

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February 3, 2010

Kiera LoBreglio, Fragomen Fellow at the Justice Center, is interviewed on WBAI 99.5 FM about the announced closing of ...

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A Message from the Executive Director - Fall/Winter 2009

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November 20, 2009

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Latin Lawyer - Vance Center Promotes PBDA Implementation in Peru

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November 19, 2009

"We hope that once we have a robust commitment among firms with international connections, more and more firms will sign up, as has been the case in Chile," says Shearman partner Antonia Stolper, who is president of the Vance Center.

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El Diario - Legal Representation for All

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November 4, 2009

Under current policies, non citizen immigrants can be held without legal representation and abruptly moved from state to state. The City Bar Justice Center began looking at the consequences of these policies after receiving a petition from 100 detainees citing deplorable conditions at the Varick facility.

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New York Times: Immigrant Jail Tests U.S. View of Legal Access

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November 2, 2009

A startling petition arrived at the New York City Bar Association in October 2008, signed by 100 men, all locked up without criminal charges in the middle of Manhattan. In vivid if flawed English, it described cramped, filthy quarters where dire medical needs were ignored and hungry prisoners were put to work for $1 a day. Galvanized by the petition, the bar association sent volunteers into the jail to offer legal counsel to detainees — a strategy the Obama administration has embraced as it tries to fix the entire detention system.

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New York Daily News: When Bankruptcy Looms, What Are Your Options?

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October 12, 2009

"Most middle- and low-income people are eligible," said John McManus, director of the New York City Bar Association's consumer bankruptcy project.

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Washington Post: Diplomatic Immunity Leaves Workers in Shadow

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September 20, 2009

"Unfortunately, cases involving diplomatic employers represent a disproportionate amount of the domestic-worker abuse cases we see," said Suzanne Tomatore, director of the Immigrant Women and Children Project at the New York City Bar Justice Center.

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Justice Center Statement on Change in U.S. Policy on Asylum for Survivors of Domestic Violence

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July 17, 2009

Justice Center Statement on Change in U.S. Policy on Asylum for Survivors of Domestic Violence

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Foreclosure-Support.com: New York Lawyers Help Reduce Foreclosed Housing Inventories

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June 5, 2009

This week, members of the Lawyers' Foreclosure Intervention Network gathered to mark their first year of operation and to discuss ways to encourage more lawyers to join the network, particularly attorneys from big firms.

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TheRealDeal.com: Foreclosure Program Seeks Volunteer Attorneys to Help Homeowners

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June 4, 2009

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the City Bar Justice Center are working to recruit more attorneys to volunteer to save New York City homeowners from foreclosure.

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NY Law Journal: City Launches Program to Boost the Ranks of Pro Bono Attorneys

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April 28, 2009

With foreclosures and evictions on the rise and consumers increasingly saddled with debt, New York City officials are enlisting attorneys to volunteer their time for a new pro bono effort.

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Justice Center Executive Director Lynn Kelly's remarks at City Hall kickoff of NYC Legal Outreach

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April 27, 2009

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The Houses They Could Never Afford

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April 2, 2009

To all those railing about "rewarding bad behavior" by helping "irresponsible homeowners who bought houses they could never afford," let me introduce you to Ms. A.

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On the Front Lines of Foreclosure

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April 1, 2009

44th Street Notes recently sat down with City Bar Justice Center Project Director Lynn Armentrout and six volunteer attorneys for the Lawyers Foreclosure Intervention Network

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NY Times: An Immigration Attorney Is Accused of Being a Fraud, and His Clients Scramble for Help

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February 25, 2009

More than 100 former clients of a man accused of falsely posing as an immigration lawyer thronged the 19th-century marble lobby of the New York City Bar Association on Monday night, drawn by an offer of free advice from real lawyers.

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LSC Funding and High-Tech Partnerships Keep Expanding Access to Legal Aid

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February 23, 2009

It's a website that offers self-help resources in 15 areas of law, and in 34 languages, including Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, Russian and Spanish. Last year, it recorded more than 1.6 million page views.

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NY Law Journal: Finally! Green Cards for Victims Of Trafficking, Serious Crimes

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January 26, 2009

It has been a long and frustrating journey for advocates promoting a path to permanent residence ("the green card") for foreign victims of domestic violence, trafficking and other crimes.

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Homeless but not Helpless

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January 2, 2009

In 2007, approximately 9,000 families stayed in New York City's homeless shelters each night. It was the worst year for family homelessness in the city's modern history, and the current economic climate has only made a bad situation worse.

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Legal Hotline Heats Up

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December 1, 2008

The City Bar Justice Center's Legal Hotline has received a marked increase in calls since the start of the economic downturn this summer. The Hotline had nearly twice as many consumer-related calls from July through September as it did during the same period in 2007. Many of these callers are facing bankruptcy or foreclosure and have few places to turn for help. In typical fashion, the Justice Center has mobilized support to address these urgent citywide issues.

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Think Small: Make a Big Impact

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November 1, 2008

Small businesses are the foundation of our economy, accounting for up to 80% of net new jobs over the last decade and employing half of all private sector workers, according to the Small Business Administration. But starting a business is not easy, especially for lower income individuals struggling to make ends meet in the current economic climate. Without an understanding of the relevant laws or the resources to access legal assistance, many potentially successful projects fail.

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Supporting Our Troops through the Law

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October 1, 2008

Convinced that having skilled legal counsel greatly improves veterans' chances of receiving the benefits they deserve, the City Bar Justice Center launched the Veterans Assistance Project last October. With the guidance of Justice Center staff, volunteer lawyers are helping veterans file claims and appeals with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Over the course of the year, more than 150 veterans met with legal counsel, with the Project leveraging over half a million dollars in free legal services for veterans.

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An Incredible Journey

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October 1, 2008

One year ago, Dhineshree "Dhiny" Pillay was working at a small law firm called Ganie & Company in Pietermaritzburg, in the region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where she was born. Of Indian descent, Dhiny and her family are part of a sometimes overlooked group, comprising about three percent of the country's population, that has suffered greatly from the effects of apartheid.

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Reaching Out to Immigrants in Their Communities

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April 4, 2008

Through the Immigrant Women and Children Project and the Refugee Assistance Project, the City Bar Justice Center provides pro bono legal services in hundreds of cases in various stages of development.

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