Low income immigrants face numerous obstacles in obtaining government assistance for basic survival, in large part because the eligibility rules are complex and not easily understood by local benefit agencies. Immigrants also sorely need representation in applying for immigration benefits to which they are entitled. To this end, Empire Justice staff provide services, training and technical assistance to address these needs.
This section of the website provides information and resources both about immigrants and their access to public services and benefits.
Policy Matters – July 2023
July 31, 2023
Welcome to the July edition of our newsletter, Policy Matters. This edition includes action towards language justice in Long Island, the latest from our Police Reform Project, information on the need for comprehensive right to counsel for divorce, and staff recognition for service to LGBTQ communities of color.
Welcome to the September edition of our newsletter, Policy Matters. In this edition we cover our annual testimony on the importance of civil legal services, a final push for new tenant protections, our work to modernize the Community Reinvestment Act, advocacy for limited English proficiency SNAP recipients, recommendations for uniform standards of eligibility in family courts, a collection of recent legal education efforts, recognition of excellence in advocacy for several staff members, and last but not least – an invitation to our next Celebration of Leadership event in Albany!
Welcome to the October edition of our newsletter, Policy Matters. In this edition we cover the release of the Rochester Latinx Agenda, SNAP benefits for prepared meals, the Sanctions bill, our new crime victims guide, how to receive the child tax credit, an overview of domestic violence legislation passed in the last two years, and an award for a lifetime of consumer advocacy.
Kevin Grant is a Staff Attorney at Empire Justice's Yonkers Office, working in our Immigrant Rights Practice Group. Kevin has eight years in private practice in a wide variety of legal disciplines, with emphasis in Landlord Tenant, Civil Rights, Immigration, Personal Injury and Criminal.
Tomás provides intake and legal support to the Immigrants and Immigration (II) practice group, assisting in its efforts to bring justice to immigrant victims of crime. Prior to joining Empire Justice Center, Tomás worked in similar roles in private practice in Southern California. He has a B.A. in English from the University of San Diego where he graduated cum laude and has “superior” proficiency in written and spoken Spanish. In his free time, Tomás enjoys reading and writing and publishing fiction.
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