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At Legal Hand, our trained community volunteers provide free legal information, assistance and referrals to help you resolve issues that affect your life, in areas like housing, family, immigration, divorce, domestic violence, and benefits, and prevent problems from turning into legal actions.
Chief Judge DiFiore Visits Legal Hand Brownsville
BROOKLYN, June 22, 2016 --New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore joined Brownsville residents to celebrate Legal Hand Brownsville, which provides free legal information to improve access to justice for members of the community. Also in attendance were Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks, New York State Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, Adriene Holder of the Legal Aid Society, and Helaine Barnett, Chair of the New York State Permanent Commission Access to Justice.
Legal Hand trains volunteers from the communities it serves to provide free legal information to people with civil legal problems, helping them to prevent manageable issues from becoming crises. Since opening in December 2015, Legal Hand Brownsville has helped over 600 people with legal issues. Across its three sites the Legal Hand Project has helped around 2400 people.
Judge Di Fiore praised Legal Hand volunteers for their commitment to fostering change and creating a warm environment where people can seek help, adding that “By optimizing available neighborhood resources, the Legal Hand initiative is working to bridge barriers between the justice system and historically underserved communities like Brownsville. While representation by an attorney is always ideal, the assistance of a trained nonlawyer to provide basic information and support can make a meaningful difference to those struggling with housing, consumer debt, immigration and other urgent matters."
She also discussed the importance of access to justice and building strong community partnerships in fighting poverty.
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In The News
- The New York City Office of Civil Justice 2016 annual report says programs like Legal Hand and Poverty Justice Solutions have helped dramatically increase the percentage of tenants represented by a lawyer in eviction proceedings.
- New York Law Journal covers the opening of Legal Hand Brownsville.
- New York Legal Assistance Group, New York Law Journal, and Brooklyn Daily Eagle cover opening of Legal Hand Crown Heights.
- New York Law Journal and NY1 News report on the inauguration of Legal Hand in Jamaica, Queens.