Envisioning a society
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.

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MFJ Forum Tackles Racial Justice Issues in Legal Practice

Dozens of Mobilization for Justice attorneys and paralegals came together on January 10, 2018 for a forum on “Race and Your Practice: A Conversation with Two Advocates.” Runa Rajagopal, Managing Director of the Civil Action Practice Group at the Bronx Defenders, and Samuel Spital, Director of Litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund …

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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Chelsea Tenants, Displaced by Fire, Fight Back with MFJ’s Help

After a Christmas Day fire ripped through their Chelsea walk-up forcing tenants who had lived in the building for decades to move to temporary shelter, the landlord sent termination notices ending their leases on account of the fire. NBC New York covered the story, and State Senator Brad Hoylman reached out to MFJ for help.  …

MFJ Comments on New Airbnb Report

In an article in Bedford + Bowery, MFJ Supervising Attorney Justin LaMort comments on the recently published report from McGill University showing that Airbnb increases rent, quickens gentrification and earns most of its revenue in New York City from illegal rentals. “That there is no difference between the number of illegal listings in 2014 and …

Airbnb Rentals Continue to Depress Affordable Housing Stock in NYC

A new report analyzing Airbnb activity in New York City in the last three years by the School of Urban Planning at McGill University shows that short-term rentals continue to have a negative impact on affordable housing in the City.  It found that two-thirds of Airbnb revenue comes from illegal listings–$435 million and 45% of …

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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