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Brooklyn Defender Services Participates in Kings County Courts Black History Month

On February 3rd, Brooklyn Defender Services joined Judges, Court Officers, Public Officials, Faith Groups and Community Members in celebrating Black History Month at Kings County Supreme Court, 320 Jay Street. Newly elected Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams delivered the keynote address. 

BDS Supervising Attorney Jamie Burke with Borough President Eric Adams (Photo: Amy Gardner)

Events continue throughout the month:

February 18: Tribune Society "Your Path to a Brighter Future Reception" -- 1:15 PM 330 Jay Street, 6th Floor
February 20: I Am Civil Rights Program -- 1:15 PM 120 Schermerhorn Street
February 21: Because of Them...I Can Program --1:15 PM 141 Livingston Street 
February 25: Trivia Game -- 1:15 PM 320 Jay Street
February 27: Culture Evolves Program -- 1:15 PM 330 Jay Street, 8th Floor (with Hon. Ronald Ellis, U.S. Magistrate)
February 28: Fashion Show -- 1:15 PM 360 Adams Street 






City of New York Poised to Drop Appeal in Floyd v. City of New York

Brooklyn Defender Services is thrilled to learn that Mayor Bill de Blasio has come to an agreement with the Center for Constitutional Rights and the plaintiffs of the federal civil suit that found the stop and frisk policies and practices of the NYPD to be unconstitutional.  We look forward to participating in the development and implementation of long-lasting law enforcement reforms that will transform our justice systems, communities and the interactions between the two. Visit the CCR website for more information:  http://www.ccrjustice.org/files/CCR_Floyd_Timeline-20140130.pdf



Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address Outlines Criminal Justice Reforms


This week New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $5 million in funding for alternative to incarcerations programs, backing up criminal justice-related themes of his State of the State address on January 8th.  Brooklyn Defender Services applauds the attention that the Governor has given to the issues that are so important to us and to our 40,000-plus clients across the borough of Brooklyn.  Despite statewide improvements to many aspects of the criminal legal system, which include the elimination of 5,500 prison beds since 2011 and declining arrest numbers, we still have a long way to go, but there is perhaps reason for optimism.

In his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo elucidated his goals to both reduce juvenile crime and the incarceration of young people by raising the age of criminal responsibility to eighteen and thus bringing New York State in-line with nearly every other jurisdiction nationwide. He has established a Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice to provide recommendations for addressing this and other issues pertaining to adolescents in New York’s adult and juvenile justice systems. Cuomo also established the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, which will train law enforcement agencies to better meet the needs of victims of abuse and neglect and to more appropriately respond to situations, conflicts and confrontations involving individuals with special needs, including those suffering from mental illness.

The Governor also highlighted the need for renewed efforts in the areas of re-entry and reintegration – acknowledging the approximately 25,000 people who leave New York State prisons each year, in addition to the 100,000 individuals leaving local jails. Those who return to their communities face at times insurmountable hurdles including barriers to employment and education, lack of access to health care and housing, and a dearth of drug treatment and mental health services.  In addition to the $5 million in grant funding announced this week, Cuomo has pledged an additional $10 million to re-entry initiatives across the state that will facilitate people’s capacity to integrate back into their communities after incarceration.  The Governor also pledged to undertake a feasibility study for improving access to medical marijuana for those people suffering from debilitating or life-threatening diseases. 

As we know, improvements to law enforcement, criminal justice organizations and social services are just part of the picture in addressing the public safety needs of New Yorkers. It is likely that Cuomo’s efforts in arenas outside the official criminal justice sphere will provide important legal system relief for residents. These include youth work programs, the preservation of affordable housing, ending discrimination against students, protecting women’s rights, improving access to healthcare, business assistance to war veterans, tax breaks for low-income home owners and renters, universal healthcare and campaign finance and anti-corruption laws. Each of these areas, if improved, is likely to promote perhaps difficult to quantify, but nevertheless tangible benefits to public safety and crime reduction. In addition to Cuomo’s support for these issues, substantive legislative changes will further bolster reforms. 


The National Association of Public Defense (NAPD) is a new organization of public defenders. From their website at http://publicdefenders.us/  : 


Fifty years after the United States Supreme Court recognized the right to counsel as "fundamental and necessary," across this country there remains grave systemic failure in providing competent counsel to those who need it most: the poor and disproportionately people of color. Like the poor people we represent, brave public defenders proudly stand by their clients and fight to defend their clients’ liberty, but they lack a voice. It is time for public defenders to become unified, unwavering, irrepressible clarions for justice. This country needs a clear and focused voice advocating for the right to counsel, appropriately resourced and independent indigent defense systems generally, and specifically for the men and women -- lawyers and non-lawyers -- fighting to protect the liberty of our clients.

The time is now for a national organization led by the men and women in the field who are singularly devoted to promoting the policies and ideals of strong and effective public defense services. While the federal government can bring pressure to bear upon states and counties, non-governmental organizations can provide funding to promote change through public information, education and lobbying, and states and local governments can undertake reform, those efforts must be directed by the experts in the field. The impetus for change must be the service providers themselves: public defenders; assigned counsel; mitigation specialists; social workers; investigators; sentencing advocates; IT; administrative support; trainers and educators; and other disciplines who dedicate their professional lives to preserving the right to counsel to assuming the responsibility as catalysts for change. These committed and fearless men and women must stop accepting the current status of indigent defense in this country and mobilize for a new direction and new policies... for a new day.

The time for action is now.

The time to coalesce around a new and unique organization for the sake of the right to counsel is now.

That organization is the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD).


Immigration Unit featured on Channel 12!

http://brooklyn.news12.com/multimedia/new-program-to-help-detained-immigrants-afford-court-appointed-lawyers-stay-with-families-1.6432546



BDS PARTICIPATES IN SAFE SURRENDER PROGRAM


On Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, attorneys from Brooklyn Defender Services helped more than 400 residents clear away outstanding summons warrants on charges including possession of marijuana or alcohol, drinking in public, littering, riding a bicycle on the sidewalk, spitting, trespassing, disorderly conduct, loitering and being in a park after closing.  Staff from our Immigration Unit and Family Defense Practice was also on hand to provide advice and resources.  While nearly every case was disposed of onsite, a handful of cases for open felony or misdemeanor warrants in Brooklyn Criminal Court will be handled at the courthouse later this week.  Preventing bail and detainment will be a priority for these outstanding cases.  Project Safe Surrender occurs in Brooklyn three or four times each year and provides residents with an opportunity to get rid of open summons or other legal issues without the threat of being arrested or fined.  Check back here for updates on upcoming Safe Surrender opportunities.  
BDS Participates In Safe Surrender Program


On Friday, November 1, and Saturday, November 2, Brooklyn Defender Services will participate again in Project Safe Surrender at the Mt. Pisgah Church, 212 Tompkins Ave. (corner of Tompkins Ave. and Dekalb Ave.). In conjunction with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Office of Court Administration, NYPD and clergy members, Brooklyn Defender Services attorneys will assist hundreds of New Yorkers safely return on outstanding summons warrants. Such summonses include:


    Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
    Unlawful Possession of Alcohol under the age of 21
    Consumption of Alcohol in Public
    Littering
    Riding a Bicycle on the Sidewalk
    Making Unreasonable Noise
    Failure to have a Dog License
    Animal Nuisance
    Spitting
    Trespass
    Disorderly Conduct
    Loitering
    In the Park after Closing.

BDS will also have attorneys and paralegals from its Immigration Unit and Family Defense Practice available to advise New Yorkers on immigration and family issues. Other community resources will be available as well. For more information, you can contact Yung-Mi Lee at ylee@bds.org.

 

BDS and BFDP Staff Support Charity Run in Prospect Park, Brooklyn




BDS and BFDP fielded the largest group to participate in this year's Liz Padilla Memorial 5K Charity Run. For more information about this event and this worthy cause, go to:  http://www.brooklynvlp.org/events/liz-padilla-5k/


BDS Announces Pilot Program to Represent Detainees Facing Deportation

NYLJ September 30, 2013: Aiming to foster the rights of immigrants and to keep their families together, two legal services organizations, The Bronx Defenders and Brooklyn Defender Services, have been picked for a unique pilot project to represent indigent detainees facing deportation. The two organizations will form the New York Immigrant Defenders, which will take on 166 cases in the next year at the Varick Street Immigration Court.

 

The program will be funded by a $500,000 grant made available by the New York City Council in June. Robin Steinberg, executive director of The Bronx Defenders, said that her organization created an in-house immigration practice more than a decade ago when it realized that nearly one-third of its clients were facing adverse immigration consequences from even minor brushes with the law. "The Bronx Defenders joining forces with Brooklyn Defender Services to create NYID is a natural and necessary step in ensuring that all residents of New York City—no matter where they were born—have their day in court with lawyers who will fight for their right to stay here, with their families and in the communities they now call home," she said in a statement.

 

Lisa Schreibersdorf, executive director of Brooklyn Defender Services, agreed that working with immigrants was "very much in line with our mission." Schreibersdorf said that she had told her son after the group's selection Thursday that the new program was part of the most groundbreaking public defense development of his generation—the extension of the right to counsel to immigrants.

 

"This is a groundbreaking program. There is no program of this sort anywhere else in the country. It's a program that aligns American values with the reality on the ground when it comes to immigrants and due progress," said Angela Fernandez, executive director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, one of the groups that advocated for creation of the program.

 

According to Brittny Saunders, senior staff attorney for the Center for Popular Democracy, another leading advocate for the effort, potential clients will be screened only for economic need, with anyone making under 200 percent of the poverty limit making the cut. The poverty limit currently is $11,400 for a single person and $23,550 for a family of four. Other factors, such as the strength of immigrant cases, will not be considered.

 

Oren Root of the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit and nonpartisan center for justice issues, said the program will stress the importance of keeping families together. In many cases, the detainee has lived in the country for years, is the family's principal wage earner, serves as the caretaker for family members and has children born and raised in the United States.

 

The one-year pilot project will be administered by Vera, which will coordinate the delivery of legal services and analyze the data that emerges from the effort. Root said that Vera is "thrilled" to be working with "such high-caliber, innovative organizations as Brooklyn Defender Services and the Bronx Defenders." Providing support for the effort to represent immigrant families has been the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Center at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

 

Most immigrants cannot afford representation, and attorneys and bar groups have become increasingly concerned about the dire consequences they face.

 

Schreibersdorf said studies show that detainees with a lawyer are "more likely to identify valid immigration remedies." She cited one case of a 17-year-old on a minor offense handled by her agency. His attorney dug into the defendant's family background and discovered that his parents had been naturalized, and thus he was a citizen himself. "Without a lawyer, that kid would have been deported," she said.

 

 

BDS Attorneys Serve As Panelists At City Bar Association

 

Over 140 attendees learned about "Representing An Immigration Client At a Bond Hearing” on September 24th. The panelists were, from left: Ruben Loyo, Staff Attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services; Marie Mark, Staff Attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services; Timothy Maguire, Senior Trial Counsel at the Office of Chief Counsel; Former Immigration Judge Sarah Burr (Ret.); Alina Das, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law and Co-Director of the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic; and Lenni Benson, Chair, New York City Bar Association, Immigration and Nationality Law Committee. Not pictured: Mark Noferi, Visiting Associate Fellow at the Center for Migration Studies.

 

 

Immigration Unit Now Interviewing for Attorney and Paralegal Positions

The Immigration Unit of BDS is now seeking applications from qualified individuals for positions as Staff Attorney and Paralegal. For more information, see our About Us>Career Opportunites web page or our About Us>Immigration Unit page.

 

 

BDS Now Accepting Applications for Fall Immigration Unit Internship

The Immigration Unit of Brooklyn Defender Services seeks fall 2013 law student interns.  BDS is a public defender organization representing clients charged with criminal offenses in Brooklyn. The Immigration Unit advises noncitizen clients as to the immigration consequences of their criminal cases. Immigration Unit attorneys work in close collaboration with BDS defenders to avoid or minimize the negative immigration consequences of their noncitizens’ criminal cases. We also provide direct representation to our noncitizen clients in immigration court proceedings, against immigration detention, and in affirmative applications for immigration benefits.

We seek dynamic individuals with a demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights, criminal justice, and/or social justice issues. Applicants should also possess the ability to perform nuanced legal research and writing, to communicate clearly and effectively with clients, and to be a team player. Spanish, Mandarin or Russian fluency is preferred but not required.


All internships are volunteer positions. However, BDS will work with students to secure funding from outside sources or class credits where available.


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and at least two references to Marie Mark at mmark@bds.org with the subject line “Fall 2013 Internship”. Applicants will be interviewed and decisions made on a rolling basis.


 

BDS currently accepting applications for the Summer 2014 Criminal Defense Internship Program


Brooklyn Defender Services offers full-time summer criminal defense internships to law students with a commitment to public defense. The internship program is a ten week program. Intern duties may include legal research and writing, representation of clients in arraignments (under supervision), court appearances, client and witness interviews, trial preparation and investigation assistance.

The program is extremely competitive and positions are limited. To apply, please send a cover letter and a resume to Jillian Modzeleski at jmodzeleski@bds.org. We will accept applications from September 3, 2013 until November 1st, 2013. Selected applicants will be interviewed and decisions made during November 2013.

All internships are volunteer positions. However, BDS will work with students to secure funding from outside sources or class credits where available.

 

 

BDS Welcomes our Investigator Interns for Summer 2013

A (belated) welcome to our summer Investigative Interns working with our Investigations Unit.



Left to right: Farhana Begum, Deundre Kellam, Stephen Vazquez

 

BDS Welcomes Our Criminal Defense Summer Law Interns for 2013




Back row, left to right: Daniel DuBois, Cornell Law School; Sam Mendez, NYU Law School; Ava Page, Brooklyn Law School
Front row, left to right: Tim Jones, Brooklyn Law School; Rage Kidvai, CUNY Law School; Emily Schwartz, CUNY Law School


BDS Welcomes Immigration Unit Summer Interns for 2013




Left to right: Elizabeth Freed,University of Pennsylvania School of Law;  Paola Uriarte, Brooklyn Law School; Ying-Ying Ma, CUNY Law School

 

 

BDS Attorney Cary London Honored By NYLJ

 

The New York Law Journal, New York City's premier legal daily, has recognized Trial Attorney Cary London as one of their prominent Rising Stars for 2013. In a list heavy with corporate and commercial litigators, Cary was the only public defender and only attorney practicing in Brooklyn to be selected. For details, go to: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/PubArticleNY.jsp?id=1202602796002&kw=2013%20Rising%20Stars&et=editorial&bu=New%20York%20Law%20Journal&cn=20130604&src=EMC-Email&pt=Breaking%20News&slreturn=20130504182805

 

 

 

BDS PARTICIPATES IN PROJECT SAFE SURRENDER - March 2013

On Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, Brooklyn Defender Services will participate in Project Safe Surrender at the Mt. Pisgah Church, 212 Tompkins Ave., Brooklyn. In conjunction with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Office of Court Administration, and clergy members, Brooklyn Defender Services will have attorneys assist hundreds of New Yorkers safely return on outstanding summons warrants. BDS will also have attorneys and paralegals from its Immigration Unit and Family Defense Practice available to advise New Yorkers on immigration and family issues. Other community resources will be available as well. For more information, you can visit the Safe Surrender website:

 

http://www.projectsafesurrender.org/

 

 

BDS Investigator Internship Program

BDS  Investigative Assistant Interns will review cases (trespass, burglary, assault, etc.), deciding what course of action is needed, and perform follow-up investigations of those cases. The interns will shadow senior investigators in the field. They may need to contact businesses, and ask for surveillance videos, or customer entry logs, etc. The interns will be expected to have excellent note taking skills, and will be required to document every action taken during this investigative process. This internship has a rolling admission, start date will vary.

For more information on the Internship and the application process, go to our Career Opportunities page or click here.

 

 

 

 

BDS Director Selected for Access to Justice Award

BDS Executive Director Lisa Schreibersdorf has been selected as a recipient of the New York State Women's Bar Association (WBASNY) Judith S. Kaye Access To Justice Award. The award is given to a WBASNY Member who demonstrates the core values to which former Court of Appeals Chief Judge Kaye steadfastly adhered in order to ensure that there would be equal access to justice and that justice was carried out, in part, through service, good will and professionalism.

The Award will be presented at the WBASNY's annual convention, this year to be held at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 7th, 2013. For more information about the Award, WBASNY and their convention, visit their website at www.wbasny.org


 

BDS hosts RWU Alternative Spring Break

Three students listed below from Roger Williams University School of Law will experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of indigent criminal defense when they join BDS under the auspices of a project called Alternative Spring Break. Instead of spending their spring break on a sunny tropical beach, these aspiring trial attorneys will sit in on criminal court arraignments, pre-trial calendar parts and trial courtrooms in not-yet-sunny downtown Brooklyn. We congratulate them on their dedication and look forward to having them with us.



Left to right: Nicole Verdi, Nadya Comas, Danielle Dufault

 

 

PROTECTING OUR FUTURE; DEFENDING THEIR RIGHTS

    Following years of representing young people and at a moment when the New York Court System is facing significant reform in the area of youth justice, Brooklyn Defender Services is pleased to present the Youth Initiative combining

 

    - Specialized defenders for young people (under 21) impacted by the criminal justice system;

    - Comprehensive services including social work and education advocacy; and

    - Policy advocacy based on what we hear from our young clients.

 

    To learn more, contact Amy Albert, Youth Initiative, at aalbert@bds.org or 718-254-0700 ext. 220.

 

 

Brooklyn Defender Services is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2013 Immigration Unit Internship Program

The Immigration Unit advises noncitizen clients as to the immigration consequences of their criminal cases. Immigration Unit attorneys work in close collaboration with BDS defenders to avoid or minimize the negative immigration consequences of their noncitizens’ criminal cases. We also provide direct representation to our noncitizen clients in immigration court proceedings, against immigration detention, and in affirmative applications for immigration benefits.

 

We seek dynamic individuals with a demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights, criminal justice, and/or social justice issues. Applicants should also possess the ability to perform nuanced legal research and writing at the highest standard, to communicate clearly and effectively through written and oral advocacy, and to be a team player. Spanish, Mandarin or Russian fluency is preferred but not required.

 

All internships are volunteer positions. However, BDS will work with students to secure funding from outside sources or class credits where available.

 

This program is extremely competitive and positions are limited. To apply, please send a cover letter and a resume to Marie Mark at mmark@bds.org with the subject line “Summer 2013 Immigration Internship.” We will accept applications from November 1, 2012 until December 31, 2012. Selected applicants will be interviewed and decisions made by March 2013.

 

 

BDS Welcomes New Attorneys and Law Grads

 



Back row, left to right: Hannah McCrea, Daniel Derby, Alex Perlin, Nick Fribourg, Lauren Zimmerman, Courtney Dixon, Scott Hechinger


Front row, left to right: Susan Millor, Lindsay Michaelson, Rebecca Gregory, Krystal Rodriguez, Ruben Loyo, Isa Chakarian, Whitney Bernstein

 

BDS currently accepting applications for the Summer 2014 Criminal Defense Internship Program


Brooklyn Defender Services offers full-time summer criminal defense internships to law students with a commitment to public defense. The internship program is a ten week program. Intern duties may include legal research and writing, representation of clients in arraignments (under supervision), court appearances, client and witness interviews, trial preparation and investigation assistance.

The program is extremely competitive and positions are limited. To apply, please send a cover letter and a resume to Jillian Modzeleski at jmodzeleski@bds.org. We will accept applications from September 3, 2013 until November 1st, 2013. Selected applicants will be interviewed and decisions made during November 2013.

All internships are volunteer positions. However, BDS will work with students to secure funding from outside sources or class credits where available.

 

 

BDS answers media questions in aftermath of "Facebook Acquittal"

 

 

Brooklyn Defender Services held a news conference on 12/06/11 regarding the discovery of Facebook comments written under the names of members of the NYC Police department. This facebook page was discovered during the representation of an innocent client wrongfully accused of gun possession. The story broke in the NY Times on 12/5/11 in Bill Glaberson’s article entitled “NYC Police Maligned Paradegoers on Facebook”.  BDS issued a statement following the press conference.

 

 

For full text of Press Release, click here

 

 

 

 

BDS Welcomes Our Newest Attorneys and Law Graduates...

 

 

To keep up with an expanding officewide caseload, BDS is pleased to announce the addition of the following new Trial Attorneys and Law Graduates:

Leo Aldridge, Esq.

Michael Arthus, Esq.

Adam Axel, Esq.

Betty Baez, Esq.

Elyse Bataller-Schneider, Esq.

Sarah Boyette, Esq.

Mehtab Brar

Chad Dauman, Esq.

Christina M. Dieckman, Esq.

Amanda Hamann, Esq.

Le'Shera Hardy, Esq.

Nyasa Hickey, Esq.

Joseph Indusi, Esq.

Amanda Jack, Esq.

Elizabeth Kilstein, Esq.

Ashley Kloepfer, Esq.

Summer Lacey, Esq.

Hela Levi, Esq.

Alyssa Mack, Esq.

Cameron Mease, Esq.

Lauren Nakamura, Esq.

Anders Nelson, Esq.

Becca Miller, Esq.

Chris Perks, Esq.

Scott Ruplinger, Esq.

Marissa Sherman, Esq.

Angad Singh, Esq.

Iris Ying, Esq.

 

 

Join us in welcoming these accomplished attorneys to BDS.

 

 

BDS Announces New Staff Members

BDS is proud to announce the addition of several new staff members who will help us meet the challenge of an increasing number of new cases:

    Edward Daniels, Esq.

    Thomas Leith, Esq.

    Cary London, Esq.

    Jillian Modzeleski, Esq.

    Susan Mitchell, Esq.

    Stacy Bisignano

    Christina Dominguez

    Claire Eccles

    Jacqueline Romero

    Claire Mauksch

    Nikita Bowen

    Robert Geryk

    David Katz

    Matthew Candal

    Jasper Franks

 

We will post more information soon about the impressive backgrounds of each of these individuals, but for now join us in welcoming them to the BDS family.

 

 

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

A new series of compelling public service announcements by our friends at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office:  Video

 

 

Brooklyn Community Foundation Awards BDS A Grant to Continue Assisting the Haitian Community in Brooklyn

 

The Brooklyn Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in Brooklyn through grantmaking and by encouraging local giving and community service. The first and only one of its kind in Brooklyn, the Foundation was founded in 2009 to support the borough’s most effective nonprofits through five Fields of Interest: Community Development, Education and Youth Achievement, Caring Neighbors, Arts for All, and Green Communities. Since 1998, operating as the Independence Community Foundation, the Foundation distributed more than $70 million in grants throughout New York Metro area, more than half of which were in Brooklyn.

 

To read the full article, click here

 

 

April 2010: BDS Holding Legal Assistance Clinics to Help Haitians Apply for Temporary Protected Status

 

Brooklyn Defender Services is spearheading a Brooklyn-based initiative to help Haitian residents apply for Temporary Protected Status. We are working in partnership with the Brooklyn Bar Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Brooklyn Bar Association, and the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association and in collaboration with other Brooklyn-based service providers.

 

Clinics will be held every Monday from April 5th through July 12th at 123 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Please see the attached flyers for more information:

 

HILAP flyer English.pdf

 

HILAP flyer Creole.pdf

 

 

 

February 2010:  BDS receives grant from New York Community Trust to continue providing immigration services through the Haitian Immigration Legal Assistance Program

 

"Coming out of hiding as an undocumented immigrant and applying for Temporary Protected Status is a serious decision, and Haitian immigrants need lawyers who can explain the benefits and possible risks,” said Kathleen Masters, who works in Flatbush, Brooklyn as Deputy Executive Director of CAMBA. Also, in the rush to apply, new non-English speaking immigrants are more easily tricked into paying exorbitant fees or paying for help from lawyers with no experience in immigration law. Fortunately, there are legal services providers who have the expertise and the ability to train and coordinate services.

 

A $45,000 grant to Brooklyn Defender Services will support its Haitian Legal Relief Project, which held a training session on TPS on February 3 that drew more than 200 attorneys. The funding will enable the agency to help 3,000 people apply for TPS and file petitions to bring family members to the U.S. from Haiti temporarily. It will also conduct three workshops and coordinate 15 legal clinics in the heart of the Brooklyn Haitian community through July.

 

To read the full Press Release from the New York Community Trust, click on the link below:

 

 NYCT Help for Haiti.pdf

 

 

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