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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’s Benefit Honors Warren Sinsheimer and Celebrates Merger

More than 400 attorneys attended Mobilization for Justice’s (MFJ) annual benefit, which honored Warren J. Sinsheimer, founder of Partnership for Children’s Rights (PFCR) and celebrated the recent merger of PFCR with MFJ. Pictured above: Jeanette Zelhof, Executive Director, MFJ; Maeve O’Connor, partner, Debevoise & Plimpton and MFJ Board Chair; Warren J. Sinsheimer, PFCR Founder and …

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 Comments on Debate on How People with Mental Illness are Screened for Supportive Housing

MFJ Attorney Sandra Gresl comments in an investigative report in City Limits that explores whether supportive housing providers in New  York City use screening methods that rebuff some who need help.  Supportive housing is a critical resource for people who are homeless and suffering from mental illness. There are insufficient units for all those needing …

MFJ’s Leah Goodridge Defends Call for Rent Freeze in City Limits Op Ed

In an Op Ed in City Limits on June 28, 2018, Mobilization for Justice Supervising Attorney Leah Goodridge, one of two tenant representatives on New York City’s Rent Guidelines Board, defended her call for a rent freeze and her vote against new rent increases. She showed that while New York rent regulated tenants enjoyed two …

MFJ’s Leah Goodridge Fights for Rent Freeze at Rent Guidelines Board

Mobilization for Justice Supervising Attorney Leah Goodridge, one of two tenant representatives on New York City’s Rent Guidelines Board (RGB), led an effort to convince the Board to adopt a rent freeze. Despite compelling testimony on the impact of another rent hike on low-income tenants, and expert commentary on how earlier large rent increases were …

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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