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NYS Office of Victim Services creates unique Crime Victims’ Legal Network

Online tool will allow crime victims to determine the type of help they need in civil legal matters. Read More

Long Island Communities Trying to Recover From the Foreclosure Crisis Lack Access to Mortgage Lending

Empire Justice Center Report finds that this key aspect of an economic recovery is not reaching low income families and communities of color Read More

Press Release: African American and Latino Borrowers and Neighborhoods of Color Continue to Have Little Access to Home Purchase Lending

Empire Justice report details how the increase in mortgage lending between 2011 and 2013 did little to help communities of color participate more fully in the American Dream. Read More

Media Advisory: New Report Shows That African American and Latino Borrowers and Neighborhoods of Color Continue to Have Little Access to Home Purchase Lending

Media are invited to a community forum releasing Empire Justice’s report, “The River Runs Dry II: The Persistent Mortgage Drought in Rochester’s Communities of Color.” Read More

Empire Justice Center Statement on Chief Judge’s Creation of Permanent Commission on Access to Justice

Today, Empire Justice Center applauded Chief Judge Jonathan Lippmann’s July 22 announcement that the Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Services in New York will become a permanent Commission. Read More

New Education Guidelines Point the Way Toward Safe & Supportive Schools for Transgender Students

Advocates Applaud State Education Department’s Guidance Read More

Empire Justice Press Release: New Yorkers Driven into Poverty by Shortsighted Policy

Today, Empire Justice Center released “Driven into Poverty: How New York’s Asset Tests Keep People Poor,” a report documenting the problems with various “asset tests” imposed by New York State on public assistance applicants. Read More


Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle, the Pereira family and the Empire Justice Center highlighted recent findings by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and New York State Education Department (NYSED) which found Gates-Chili Central School District (GCCSD) in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read More

Press Release: Empire Justice Center Applauds Positive Department of Justice Determination in Service Dog Complaint for Rochester Area Child

Empire Justice Center is pleased to announce that earlier today the Department of Justice published a Letter of Findings stating that the Gates-Chili Central School District violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in refusing to provide our eight year old client, Devyn Pereira, with reasonable accommodations that would allow her to act as the handler for her service dog, Hannah. Read More

Empire Justice Center Releases In the Eye of the Storm: Why the Threat of Foreclosure Damage Continues

Empire Justice Center report calls for State and Federal policies to stabilize New York neighborhoods impacted by foreclosures. Read More