ASIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK PARTNERS WITH VISITING NURSE SERVICE OF NEW YORK AND MANHATTAN LEGAL SERVICES ON AUGUST 1, 2018 KNOW-YOUR-RIGHTS CLINIC ON RENT OVERCHARGES

NEW YORK – July 17, 2018 – the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) is proud to partner with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) and Manhattan Legal Services (MLS) to host a Know-Your-Rights Presentation and Clinic on rent overcharge on August 1, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at VNSNY Chinatown Community Service Center, 7 Mott Street. The event is free and open to any community member.

The Know-Your-Rights presentation will address whether units are entitled to rent protections, rent overcharges and the legal remedies that are available. After the presentation, attendees can meet one-on-one with an attorney to discuss their rent issues and review their rent histories. Therefore, attendees should obtain and bring their rent histories from the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) by calling (718) 739-6400 or going to 25 Beaver Street (or another DHCR office). Mandarin and Cantonese interpretation will be available. Due to the limited availability of individual appointments, those who are interested should call (646) 442-3119 immediately to schedule an appointment.

Through the Know-Your-Rights clinic, AABANY hopes to make important legal information more readily available to the public by partnering with VNSNY and MLS, two organizations that are committed to addressing the dire need for social and legal services for underprivileged communities in New York City. VNSNY has long served the area as the United States’ largest nonprofit home- and community-based health care organization, providing high quality health care programs. MLS, as a branch of the Legal Services NYC, has worked to protect the rights of low-income residents by providing legal services and engaging in social justice advocacy for over 50 years.

“AABANY is pleased to be able to work with VNSNY and MLS on this Know-Your-Rights clinic in Chinatown,” stated James Cho, AABANY President. “Our theme this year is ‘Serving Our Community, Advancing Our Professions,’ and we look forward to meeting this goal by engaging our members as volunteers to serve the community as pro bono attorneys while at the same time advancing the legal profession through community service.”

“Unscrupulous landlords are attempting to charge tenants too much for rent and not give tenants the protections from rent increases and evictions that the law provides,” asserted Amy Luo, Senior Staff Attorney at Manhattan Legal Services.  “Through this clinic and partnership, we can make sure that Chinatown tenants know and enforce their rights and protect our community.”

For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (212) 332-2478, 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 a New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

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Press Release: Asian American Bar Association of New York and Visiting Nurse Service of New York Announce Free ‘Know Your Rights’ Seminars in Mandarin and Cantonese

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2016

Contact: Yang Chen, Executive Director
(212) 332-2478

NEW YORK – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (“VNSNY”) are proud to announce their free public ‘Know Your Rights’ seminars on helpful legal information in Mandarin and Cantonese. These trainings are intended to educate Chinatown community members on housing repairs and tax filing. All trainings will be held at the VNSNY Chinatown Community Service Center located at 7 Mott Street. This three-part series is free of charge and open to any community member. To register, call VNSNY at (212) 619-3072 and specify which training you are interested in attending. 

The first ‘Know Your Rights’ training will be held in Cantonese. It will take place on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 9:45am to 11am. Ms. Sophia Luu and Ms. Anita Wu will teach tenants how to get repairs for their apartments.
The second ‘Know Your Rights’ training will be held in Mandarin. It will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 9:45am to 11am. Ms. Rachel Sun will educate community members on what they need to know for their 2017 tax filing. 

The third ‘Know Your Rights’ training will be held in both Mandarin and Cantonese. It will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 9:45am to 11am. Mr. Christopher Zheng and Ms. Rong Lin will teach tenants how to get repairs for their apartments.

“Our AABANY volunteers are excited to provide community education at VNSNY to empower Chinatown residents with the confidence and knowledge necessary to assert their legal rights,” said Government Service & Public Interest Committee Co-Chair Anita Wu, who spearheads this series for AABANY.

“AABANY is delighted to be working with Visiting Nurse Service of New York to serve community members in Chinatown in this meaningful way,” says AABANY Executive Director Yang Chen. “Thanks to Anita Wu and our Government Service & Public Interest Committee for engaging our members and constituents in this valuable volunteer opportunity. We also thank Legal Services NYC for providing background training for our volunteers.” 

“We are grateful to the Asian American Bar Association of New York and the speakers for their commitment to give back to the Chinese communities,” said Teresa Lin, Director of Cultural Market Development Initiatives at Visiting Nurse Service of New York. “It’s our great pleasure to partner with AABANY to host a series of the workshops to provide valuable legal information at no cost to the public in our VNSNY Chinatown Community Center.” 

Information on these community trainings will be available on the AABANY website. If you have any questions, reach out to AABANY Government Service & Public Interest Committee Co-Chair Anita Wu at anita.wu@aabany.org.
For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (212) 332-2478, 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).

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AABANY Government Service & Public Interest – Know Your Rights Community Trainings – Volunteers Needed!

AABANY is recruiting volunteers to be trained to give basic housing trainings to the Flushing community at Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) located at 35-24 Union Street.

Trainings to the volunteers will be provided by Legal Service NYC at 40 Worth Street. Starting in August, Volunteers can shadow experienced public interest lawyers on a monthly basis at night. Eventually, once the volunteer becomes comfortable, they can give the training themselves under the supervision of an experienced housing lawyer. Volunteers also have the opportunity to work at the Pro Bono committee’s Monthly General Advice Clinic in Manhattan Chinatown!

We are looking for committed volunteers who have demonstrated interest in social justice and want to help the community. As a volunteer, you will be asked to commit to being trained, observing at least one training, and giving one or more trainings to the community. Chinese language skills are a plus although may not be necessary.

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Government Service & Public Interest Committee Co-Chair Anita Wu at anita.wu@aabany.org