Announcements

In honor of Kinship Care Month, Mobilization for Justice is recognizing some of our recent kinship care victories on behalf of kinship caregivers.

Last year, Ms. T called the MFJ Kinship Caregiver Law Project hotline seeking help obtaining custody of her 6-year-old grandson, A. In May 2020, A’s mother passed away at 23 from brain cancer.  A was raised by his mother until she fell ill.  This May, Senior Staff Attorney Karla Johnson, submitted a custody petition via an emergency …

Mobilization for Justice Names Tiffany Liston Executive Director

NEW YORK, May 11, 2021 – Mobilization for Justice (MFJ), a social justice civil legal services provider prioritizing the needs of New Yorkers who are low-income, disenfranchised, or have disabilities, announced today that Tiffany Austin Liston, who served as MFJ’s Interim Executive Director since September 2020, has been named Executive Director. Ms. Liston succeeds Jeanette …

MFJ Statement on Justice for Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor has not received justice. The decision to only charge one of the police officers involved with her killing is bad enough. The fact that the charge is for property damage rather than murder is further proof that we cannot rely on a criminal justice system that refuses to hold the police accountable for …

MFJ Receives Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Grant

Mobilization for Justice is proud to be among the recipients of the first round of grants made by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to improve health and human services across New York State. The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation grant to Mobilization for Justice supports the expansion of our Children’s Medical–Legal Partnership to Lincoln Hospital in …

Working Under “OATH” to Help Taxi Drivers in Need

Mobilization for Justice (MFJ) provides free legal advice and representation to low-income taxi drivers facing civil penalties that threaten their livelihood. We are the only legal services organization doing this work for a distressed, predominantly immigrant population in need of support. Representation by trained advocates significantly improves these drivers’ chances of avoiding or lessening a …

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 …

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

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 …

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 …

MFJ Helps Older Adults Hit Hardest by Student Loan Debt

The Fall issue of MFJ-FYI explores the growing problem of student debt carried by adults aged 60 and older. Over the past decade the number of older student loan borrowers has quadrupled and the amount of debt per older borrower has roughly doubled. In addition to paying off their own student loans, some older adults …

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