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Empire Justice Testimony on New York’s Role in Addressing the Influx of Migrant Youth from Central American Countries

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Barbara Weiner

Senior Staff Attorney


Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

p: (518) 462-6831 f: (518) 935-2852

bweiner@empirejustice.org


Barbara Weiner is a senior staff attorney in the Public Benefits and Immigration Units in Empire Justice Center’s Albany office. She is a 1976 graduate of San Francisco’s Golden Gate University and has spent most of her legal career working for legal services programs, both at the local level and, for the past 22 years, on a state-wide level with the Empire Justice Center.   At Empire Justice, her efforts have been focused on immigration and public benefits issues, and most particularly on the intersection between immigration status and public benefits eligibility.  She has provided training in this area to both public benefits advocates and to community groups working with immigrants around the state.

Barbara also serves as legal counsel in the capital region for the local Office of New Americans (ONA) Opportunity Center under a grant awarded to the Empire Justice Center by the NY Department of State.  In this capacity, she oversees the work of the local ONA Opportunity Center, which provides assistance to immigrants with filing applications for citizenship.  Her responsibilities include the representation of young people seeking deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

In addition, during her tenure at the Empire Justice Center, Barbara has co-counseled with the New York Legal Aid Society and other legal services programs in several major impact lawsuits aimed at remedying systemic problems in the delivery of public benefits to poor New Yorkers. 

         

Practice Area(s):
Public Benefits, Immigrant Rights