Asian American Bar Association of New York and Legal Services NYC Launch Pilot Program to Increase Free Legal Services to Low-Income Asian Americans

June 19, 2014, New York, NY— The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) is partnering with Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) to expand pro bono legal services to low-income Asian Americans in NYC. The collaboration will begin with a pilot program offering AABANY members a CLE training on immigration remedies available to victims of domestic violence. Training participants will represent clients pro bono to obtain U Nonimmigrant Status, commonly known as “U-Visas.” U-Visas are available to crime victims who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse and have cooperated with law enforcement. Pro bono attorneys will prepare U-Visas for LSNYC clients under the supervision of LSNYC attorneys. The first training will take place on June 25, 2014. 

The program launches at a time when Asian Americans in New York City have become the poorest New Yorkers, who face special challenges in accessing public services due to limited English proficiency. The Asian American community is the fastest growing ethnic group in New York City, doubling in size from 1990 to 2010.  Nearly one in six New Yorkers is an Asian American.

The collaboration will expand services to a population that is desperately in need of assistance, while enabling prospective and active attorneys to engage in meaningful pro bono work. AABANY and LSNYC hope to expand this project to offer opportunities and continued support for pro bono service for low-income Asian Americans in various practice areas. 

For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (718) 228-7206, or direct any inquiries to main@aabany.org.

The Asian American Bar Association of New York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.  Incorporated in 1989, AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole.  AABANY is the New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

Legal Services NYC fights poverty and seeks justice for low-income New Yorkers. For more than 45 years, we have challenged systemic injustice and helped clients meet basic needs for housing, income and economic security, family and immigration stability, education, and health care. LSNYC is the largest civil legal services provider in the country, with deep roots in all of the communities we serve. Our staff of almost 300 people in neighborhood-based offices and outreach sites across all five boroughs helps more than 70,500 New Yorkers annually.

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From the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence: Upcoming Manhattan Family Justice Center Trainings

Upcoming Manhattan Family Justice Center Trainings:

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Ø  Spotting Consumer Debt Issues and Referring Survivors to Available Resources for Help

Friday, April 25th 3-5 pm

Facilitated by Feerick Center for Social Justice, Fordham Law School

  • Overview of consumer debt crisis in New York City
  • Impact of consumer debt on survivors
  • Importance of building financial self-sufficiency
  • Safety implications of credit reporting and consumer debt advocacy
  • Screening for consumer credit and consumer debt issues
  • Overview of consumer debt resources for domestic violence survivors

Ø  How to File Family Offense Petitions Online

Monday, April 28th 12-1 pm

Tuesday, April 29th 12-1 pm

Facilitated by Urban Justice Center and Safe Horizon

  • How advocates can become an approved group to have access to the Family Offense Petition program
  • How to use the system most effectively to help your clients
  • Legal underpinnings, language, and logistics of petitions, including how to prep client
  • Types of relief, when to file a petition, what to include in the petition

Ø  Elder Abuse: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, April 30th 1-4 pm

Facilitated by Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, JASA, and Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention

Featuring NYC Department for the Aging, HRA Adult Protective Services, NYC Elder Abuse Center, Council of Senior Centers & Services, Carter Burden Center for the Aging, and Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging

  • How to support healthy aging within the context of family violence
  • The unique features of elder abuse and how it differs from working with younger victims
  • Criminal and civil remedies and the role of the District Attorney’s office in elder abuse cases
  • Valuable elder abuse community resources and the types of assistance they provide

Ø  Expert Dialogue on Trafficking: Improving the Identification and Support of Victims

Friday, May 2nd 1-4 pm

Facilitated by GEMS, Department of Homeland Security, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Restore, Sanctuary for Families

  • How to identify human and sex trafficking: defining the law and crime, indicators, dispelling myths
  • An overview of services and remedies
  • Intersections of trafficking, domestic violence and abuse
  • Client-centered and trauma-informed approaches, survivor engagement and leadership
  • Recommendations for improved interdisciplinary collaboration and service delivery

All trainings will be held in the MFJC Training Room at 80 Centre Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10013. When you arrive in the lobby, say you are here for the Family Justice Center training. Turn left once you step off the elevators.

Save the Dates! Upcoming Manhattan Family Justice Center Trainings

  • Consumer Credit and Debt Issues for IPV Survivors
          Friday, April 25th 3-5 pm
 
  • How to File Family Offense Petitions Online
          Monday, April 28th 12-1 pm
          Tuesday, April 29th 12-1 pm
 
  • Elder Abuse: What You Need to Know
          Wednesday, April 30th 1-4pm
 
  • Improving the Identification and Support of Sex Trafficking Victims
          Friday, May 2nd 1-4 pm
 
All trainings will be held in the MFJC Training Room at 80 Centre Street 5th Floor, New York, NY 10013. 

Questions? Contact Sarah Flatto.

Sarah Flatto
Director, Programs & Outreach
NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan
80 Centre St. 5th Floor New York, NY 10013
Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence
(212) 602-2857 | (212) 602-2800
sarahf@fjcnyc.org | www.nyc.gov/domesticviolence