The Legal Aid Society is built upon one simple but powerful belief: that no New Yorker should be denied the right to equal justice.
We are the voice for the voiceless, especially in times of unprecedented crisis. When disaster strikes, we protect the most vulnerable and often forgotten New Yorkers affected by the initial blow and the ensuing fallout.
As a global pandemic threatens our clients' livelihood and the fight for racial equity exposes persistent inequity, our work is even more critical to the future of New York than before.
Our fight for the rights of the incarcerated has never been more important, and we’ve been able to free those who are most susceptible to COVID from immigration detention, jail, and prison.
When New Yorkers demanded police accountability and reform, we marched alongside them: The vast majority of our clients are Black and Brown victims of a corrupt system, and our fight for racial justice has been and always will be at the core of our work.
We stand up to unscrupulous landlords, and when hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers faced losing their homes, we helped lead the charge to freeze evictions - and we’ll continue to do so.
Overnight, when so many New Yorkers found themselves without income, we made sure they received their unemployment and stimulus benefits.
And as our youngest clients continue to adjust to remote learning, we're making sure they can access online learning, even if they are experiencing homelessness.
But we need your help to keep this momentum. Help us reach our goal of $15,000 so we can continue to serve New York City's most vulnerable and fight for equal justice.