NYLAG Attorneys Honored

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Melissa Chua

Melissa Chua, Supervising Attorney, Immigration Protection Unit, (pictured right) was honored in May by Damayan, a grassroots organization that helps low-wage Filipino workers fight for their labor, health, gender and im/migration rights. Chua has supported the organization since 2009 by providing Know Your Rights training and legal clinics, as well as representing members in gender-based violence cases. She played a central role in local organizing for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Filipinos following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. She has been an invaluable resource for issues related to deportation, domestic violence, and the complexities of the immigration system as whole.

Kim Susser

Kim Susser, Director, Matrimonial & Family Law Unit, was awarded the 2015 New York City Bar Association’s Legal Services Award, an award that established to recognize the efforts of lawyers and non-lawyers who have directly provided free legal services to indigent clients on a full-time basis for an extended period of time.

Photo (L to R): Randal Jeffrey, Director, General Legal Services; Randye Retkin, Director, LegalHealth a Division of NYLAG; Julie Brandfield, Associate Director, LegalHealth; Kim Susser (with award), Ben Taylor, Senior Staff Attorney, General Legal Services; Valerie J. Bogart, Director, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program, a division of NYLAG.

Randye Retkin with Harold P. Freeman

Randye Retkin, Director, LegalHealth, (pictured right with Harold Freeman) was recognized in June by the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute for the contributions she has made in improving the lives of people living with cancer, both through her work at NYLAG and as a Patient Navigation instructor. The concept of patient navigation was pioneered by Dr. Harold P. Freeman in order to eliminate barriers to timely cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care.