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At Empire Justice Center we are continually moved by the courage, resilience, and sheer strength shown time and again by the individuals and families we serve. We are honored to support our clients, and work with them in our mutual pursuit of reducing poverty, promoting social justice, and ensuring fairness in the justice system.


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Althea- saving home

For 32 years Althea* and her husband Calvin* made their house into a home—planting flowers by the front door and installing a wheelchair ramp for Althea to get around...

Camila- the cost of childcare

Camila* and the father of the four children are both undocumented immigrants and working full time. Their childcare cost was $300 per week—her entire wages...

Charles- fighting to live

At 60 years old, Charles* is a smart, educated man. He’s not afraid to advocate for himself, and at times, he must—he’s been living for more than 40 years without the ability to use his arms and legs. And though he relies on 24-hour care to do things like brush his teeth, get in and out of bed, and eat, he’s a fighter...

Iliana- driven to the brink

In front of a judge, everyone should have the opportunity to defend themselves. However, Iliana* found herself trying to make her case before a judge who didn't speak her language...

James- finding refuge

James* and his family were persecuted—his own father murdered—in his home country. He was forced to flee for his life. So he did what many of our ancestors and family members have done...

Laurie- practice, teach, improve

Laurie, a young mother and homeowner, applied for temporary assistance from the local Department of Social Services (DSS) to get her family through a difficult time. But in exchange for receiving public assistance, Laurie signed away her only asset to the county—she signed over her home...

Leo- living authentically

A transgender man was about to graduate from a certificate program, but because he had not yet legally changed his name, the school registrar refused to call out his preferred masculine name at the graduation ceremony...

Sarah- overcoming everything

Sara* could not find work, her unemployment insurance had run out, and now she was facing a utility shut off notice...