The Urban Justice Center started in 1984 as the Legal Action Center for the Homeless, and UJC continues its mission of helping a wide range of New Yorkers in need: street vendors, sex workers, refugees, homeless youth, victims of intimate partner abuse, the poor, people with serious mental illness. Their mission is divided into 11 projects, such as the International Refugee Assistance Project, the Veteran Advocacy Project and the Street Vendor Project.
They provide legal advice to, and advocate for, vulnerable people who find it hard to get representation elsewhere. The Urban Justice Center doesn't wait for people to come to them—they do outreach in hospitals, in jails, on the streets and anywhere else they are needed. Free legal clinics in soup kitchens are also an important part of the mix. Last year alone, they closed 12,739 cases, helping 22,938 people and saving the government almost $35 million.
You can support the crucial work the UJC does by making a donation (go to an individual project and click on Get Involved) or by attending Justice is Blinds, a poker and cocktails benefit at Capitale NYC next Tuesday, September 27th, starting at 7pm.