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Empire Justice Press Release: New York State Delivers a Tight Budget with Several Notable Wins for Low Income New Yorkers

Upon the finalization of the 2017-2018 state budget, Empire Justice Center was excited to announce that several of its legislative priorities were included, including a new $1 million investment that will allow the organization to dramatically increase the amount of assistance it can provide to immigrants in need of legal representation, as well as two notable policy changes. At the same time, other important programs and proposals sustained losses that will be acutely felt by hard working New Yorkers in the coming year, causing much concern Read More


Empire Justice Center Blasts Trump Decision to Rescind Protections for Trans Students

Empire Justice Center absolutely condemns the federal government's rescission of critical guidance that directed publicly-funded schools about how to ensure equal access to educational resources and facilities for transgender and gender non-conforming students Read More


Empire Justice Statement on Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget Proposal

After the release of the Executive Budget Tuesday night, Empire Justice Center expressed appreciation that funding is included in Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal for several key programs that assist New Yorkers living at or near the federal poverty level. Read More


We Stand with ALL New Yorkers (Nosotros estamos unidos con todos los Neoyorquinos)

The outcome of this election has shaken us all to the core. (El resultado de las elecciones nos ha sacudido a todos.) Read More


Domestic Violence and Legal Advocacy Groups Applaud Federal Guidance to Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence

Empire Justice Center and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) applaud new guidance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on current nuisance ordinance laws. Read More


Empire Justice Statement on Batavia Schools Title IX Case

It's about more than a softball field. Read More


Press Release: Empire Justice Senior Attorney to Co-Chair State Bar Association Collaboration

Empire Justice Center is proud to announce that Amy Schwartz-Wallace, the Senior Attorney leading our Domestic Violence Program, has been tapped to co-chair a new initiative announced last Thursday by the incoming President of the New York State Bar Association, Claire Gutekunst, and Women's Bar Association of the State of New York President, Jacqueline Flug. Hon. Judy Harris Kluger, Executive Director of Sanctuary for Families in New York City, will co-chair the initiative. Read More


Press Release: Applications Being Accepted for Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellowship

Empire Justice Center is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for The Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellowship, a two-year post graduate legal fellowship that was established in memory of Hanna S. Cohn. Read More


Press Release: Ruhi Maker Appointed to CFPB Consumer Advisory Board

Empire Justice Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Ruhi Maker to a three-year term on the Consumer Advisory Board of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Read More


Joint statement on the fifth anniversary of the CFPB

Consumer, civil rights, and community-based groups say life is better for American families and neighborhoods because the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is at work fighting predatory lending and financial abuse. Read More