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in which there is
justice for all

MOBILIZATION FOR JUSTICE, formerly MFY Legal Services, offers free legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers throughout New York City to resolve legal problems in the areas of housing; foreclosure; civil, disability and aging rights; bankruptcy, tax, consumer, employment, government benefits, immigration, and kinship care. Through these services we prevent homelessness, help seniors and people with disabilities live independently, stabilize families, maintain and increase income, and address racial disparities.

MFJ Urges Congress to Preserve Consumer Protections

In an Op-Ed in The Hill, MFJ Supervising Attorney Carolyn Coffey and co-author Claudia Wilner of the National Center for Law & Economic Justice urge lawmakers to keep provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) that make attorneys equally accountable with their clients for abusive and predatory debt collection practices. The House

Five MFJ attorneys hold up signs at a Foley Square demonstration in support of DACA. Signs read: Defend DACA; Keep Families Together; Keep the Dream Alive; We Support DACA.
Mobilization for Justice Supports DACA

Mobilization for Justice strongly opposes any actions to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As part of our immigration practice, we will continue to provide services to DACA recipients and their families and will redouble our efforts to demand immigration reform that provides a path toward citizenship for the millions of people …

Jeanette Zelhof, MFJ executive director, seated at table with Orier Okumapeyi, Attorney; Montel Cherry, Supervising Attorney for government benefits; and Kevin Cremin, Director of Litigation for Disability & Aging Rights.
The Impact of the New Administration

Jeanette Zelhof, Executive Director; Orier Okumakpeyi, Senior Staff Attorney; Montel Cherry, Supervising Attorney; and Kevin Cremin, Director of Litigation, discuss Mobilization for Justice’s deep concerns about the impact the new administration will have on our clients who are a diverse group of people who struggle every day to maintain housing, income and the precious few …

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MFJ Urges Albany to Rein In Abusive Student Loan Servicers

In testimony before the New York State Assembly committees on banking and consumer affairs and in an article in the Times Union, MFJ Staff Attorney Evan Denerstein makes the case for greater regulation of student loan servicers. The testimony discusses studies that show that loan servicers fail to tell borrowers about their options for relief, …

MFJ Speaks Out on NYCHA Development & Privatization

In testimony before the New York City Council’s Committee on Public Housing, Mobilization for Justice Supervising Attorney Justin LaMort urges lawmakers to look carefully at the impact of the Rental Assistance Demonstration program on tenants, which provides federal funding to convert public housing properties into Section 8 project-based housing. While data is sketchy, preliminary research …

Mobilization for Justice Takes Over BOOM!Health Legal Arm and Launches New Bronx Office

For the first time in its 50-year history, the pioneering anti-poverty organization Mobilization for Justice (formerly MFY Legal Services) will launch an office in the Bronx to serve Bronx tenants facing eviction in Housing Court. When Argus Community, Inc. took over BOOM!Health in late June, it decided to downsize and give up a $3.4 million …

Success Story

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Mobilization for Justice Saves a Senior’s Home

Like many seniors throughout Manhattan, Patricia, age 88, was harassed by her landlord, who was determined to force her out of her rent-regulated apartment by making a series of unfounded allegations in an eviction proceeding. Our staff negotiated with the landlord who eventually signed a stipulation that abandoned all of the claims it made in his holdover petition. After her nightmare was over, Patricia’s son wrote to us: “Without great exaggeration, it is fair to say that the services … of the team at Mobilization for Justice were life-saving.”

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