The New York Crime Victims Legal Network is a partnership of organizations working together to better address the civil legal needs of crime victims. The New York Crime Victims Legal Help was developed to make it easier for victims of crime to get legal information and services.
People often have legal needs as a result of being a victim of crime. For many crime victims, the problems they face after a crime can be challenging, especially when they have several legal needs and are unsure where they can go for help. In addition to working with law enforcement and the criminal justice system, a victim may also have non-criminal needs – civil legal needs – that impact the basic necessities in their life, like housing, employment, and safety.
To address this need for comprehensive victim services, in 2012 the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime funded six demonstration projects across the country to create models of victim legal assistance networks. The goal of these networks is to offer a wider range of legal assistance that victims need as a result of their victimization.
In 2014, the New York State Office of Victim Services became the recipient of a Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime grant award, and partnered with Empire Justice Center, the Center for Human Services Research at SUNY Albany, and Pro Bono Net to create the New York Crime Victims Legal Network. An advisory committee of attorneys, advocates, crime victims, and providers guide and support the development of the Network.
If you are a survivor of crime, the New York Crime Victims Legal Help is an online resource that connects you with legal help on issues related to your housing, family, employment, finances, and more.
If you have a non-criminal legal problem and live in or have been a victim of crime in any of the counties outside of New York City, New York Crime Victims Legal Help can connect you with legal assistance on issues related to your housing, family, employment, finances, and more. For legal assistance in Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, please contact the New York City Bar Legal Referral Service: nycbar.org or 212-626-7373.
Policy Matters – September 2019
September 26, 2019
Welcome to the September 2019 edition of Policy Matters – Empire Justice Center’s newsletter to catch you up on all of our policy advocacy efforts to make the law work for all New Yorkers!
PRESS STATEMENT: 2019 Legislative Session – Significant Wins on Long-Standing Issues Good for Low Income New Yorkers
June 21, 2019
This legislative session brought progress on many long fought issues that will be good for low income New Yorkers. Empire Justice saw victories on many pieces of legislation, including worker rights, immigration rights, LGBTQ rights, and protections for homeowners, domestic violence victims, crime victims, and public school students.
Stephanie Woodward is an attorney who is passionate about seeking justice for marginalized communities – and has an arrest record to show for it. As a Crime Victims Attorney at Empire Justice Center, Stephanie provides civil legal assistance to help individuals recover from crimes that they have experienced. Prior to joining Empire Justice, Stephanie served as the Director of Advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights for five years where she zealously worked for national, state, and local systemic change to advance the rights of people with disabilities. She also worked as a litigator in Miami, Florida where she practiced disability rights law. Stephanie attended Syracuse University College of Law where she earned her J.D. with a certificate in Disability Law and Policy and her M.S.Ed. in Disability Studies. As a proud disabled woman and civil rights activist, Stephanie is committed to making the law work for all oppressed people.
In this October 2019 edition of Policy Matters we’ll be covering a victory for parents who work the night shift; the story of a client’s battle for kincare benefits and how it relates to the access to justice gap; an article about one of our Disability Advocacy Program attorneys; opposition to a dangerous federal proposal to cut SNAP benefits; information on Public Charge for Spanish speakers; and several instances of community recognition and collaboration. We’re also asking readers to GET INVOLVED and help make sure three important bills are signed by the Governor!