Winter 2024

  • Her Justice joined other legal services organizations across the state to advocate against a proposal by Governor Hochul to “sweep” $100 million from the IOLA Fund, proceeds of which support free civil legal aid provided by 81 nonprofits benefiting over 639,000 New Yorkers in need just last year. On February 16, Governor Hochul announced that she was rolling back the proposed “sweep.” | February 16, 2024
  • Her Justice and other advocates participated in a press conference to support a call for an historic investment in the New York State budget for the New York Family Court led by Senators Hoylman-Sigal and Brisport, along with Assemblymembers Lavine and Hevesi. | February 12, 2024

Winter 2023

  • Her Justice and other civil and human rights groups signed on to a letter led by A Better Balance urging New York State Governor Hochul to modernize the state’s paid medical leave system and ensure adequate funds for the system in the FY2025 state budget. | December 12, 2023

Fall 2023

  • Her Justice submitted a memorandum to Governor Hochul expressing support for S.5162/A.5772, a NYS bill that would allow litigants in civil cases to swear to a statement under penalty of perjury without having to notarize the document and would remove significant barriers to access to justice for low-income New Yorkers, especially in housing, civil and family court matters. | October 13, 2023

Summer 2023

  • Her Justice is proud to have advocated for Senate Bill 5162/Assembly Bill 5772; this policy change will remove significant barriers for low-income New Yorkers — especially in housing, civil, and family court matters — and create a more fair playing field for litigants like our clients. | June 6th, 2023

Winter 2023

  • Her Justice submitted testimony for New York State Human Services and Public Protection budget hearings highlighting the needs of the communities we serve and the multifaceted services we provide. | February 7 and 13, 2023
  • Her Justice submitted testimony for a City Council hearing on the expansion of the CityFHEPS rental assistance program, which focused on the interconnectedness of housing stability and our clients’ ability to participate in the civil justice system. | January 18, 2023

Winter 2022

  • Her Justice supported proposed New York State legislation that would create a Women’s Commission on Reentry to bring stakeholders in government along with advocates and service providers to study the needs of women returning from New York’s jails and prisons, including trauma, housing, domestic violence, and access to legal assistance and legal barriers to reentry, and focus on gender-responsive solutions to these challenges. | December 14, 2022

Fall 2022

  • Her Justice (by Naomi Young) along with other organizations authored a report titled “Reinvesting in Economic Justice, Equity, & Solidarity for Survivors in New York City,” with survivor-centered policy proposals relating to coerced debt, public benefits, and solidarity economy.
  • Her Justice and other advocates participated in a roundtable discussion with Director Chopra of the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on the issues impacting consumers in our communities, particularly as they relate to the intersection of intimate partner violence and consumer protection. | October 6, 2022
  • Her Justice engaged a team of graduate students in the NYU Wagner Capstone program to study policies around reporting of court system data in New York and beyond to support our advocacy for greater transparency of New York’s court data to support solutions for civil justice reform. | October 3, 2022
  • Her Justice, by Naomi Young who is a co-chair of the New York City Domestic Violence and Consumer Law Working Group, submitted testimony for the Hearing on Civil Legal Services in New York held by the New York State Permanent Commission on Access to Justice.  The Working Group’s testimony highlighted the civil legal services needs of domestic violence survivors who experience economic abuse, consumer debt, and credit reporting issues. | September 19, 2022

Summer 2022

  • Her Justice joined other organizations calling for the State to pass an Equality Amendment (S.8797A/A.10468A) that would amend the State constitution to bolster protections against discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, and sex, including pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. | June 1, 2022
  • Her Justice submitted written testimony, drafted by Caroline and Danica Brown (volunteer attorney, currently at Sidley Austin), for a hearing held by the New York Office of Court Administration’s Commission to Reimagine the Future of New York Courts, Pandemic Practices Working Group. The testimony focused on technology innovations – such as electronic filing of documents and virtual court appearances – that would address system inefficiencies and improve the delivery of justice to individuals accessing the Family and matrimonial courts. | June 7, 2022

Spring 2022

  • Her Justice signed on as an ally to a letter from legal services providers to Governor Hochul in support of legislation (A.7570/ S.6678) that would ensure that every tenant in New York State has the right to a lawyer when facing an eviction. | April 18, 2022

Winter 2022

  • Her Justice submitted testimony for a human services budget hearing held by the New York State Legislature relating to the array of civil legal services our organization provides to meet the needs of women living in poverty in New York. | February 2, 2022