Children and Families

Mobilization for Justice works to ensure a
decent education for all children because

“Until we have equality in education, we won’t have an equal society.”
–Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Warren J. Sinsheimer Children’s Rights Program

MFJ provides advice and representation to low-income parents of students with disabilities seeking appropriate special education services and school placements from the New York City Department of Education.  We represent parents at Individualized Education Program meetings, administrative due process hearings, and in appeals before the New York State Review Officer and in federal court.

Children with Mental Illness

MFJ assists children with mental illness and their families through medical-legal partnerships with Bellevue, Kings County and Harlem Hospitals to obtain education supports for the children and to stabilize the families if they face government benefits, housing, immigration or other legal problems.

Immigration

MFJ provides direct advocacy and representation to low-income individuals and families seeking assistance in either humanitarian- or family-based immigration matters.

Kinship Care

MFJ represents low-income kinship caregivers seeking legal custody, guardianship or adoption assistance, and links those it cannot help with private pro bono attorneys and trains these attorneys to represent families in court. We also assist kincare families in securing public benefits to which they are entitled, including immigration through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

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