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LGBT Law Project and NYC Anti-Violence Project to Collaborate in Developing Comprehensive Services for the LGBT Communities

The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) and the LGBT Law Project at the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) are proud to announce their collaboration to better serve the LGBT communities of New York City. This partnership will produce well-rounded, anti-discrimination solutions and will stimulate development of enhanced social services for at-risk peoples.

The Anti-Violence Project is dedicated to eliminating hate violence, sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and HIV positive communities through counseling, advocacy, community organizing, and public education services. AVP provides free, confidential assistance to victims and survivors of violence in the LGBTQH communities through its 24-hour bilingual hotline at 212.714.1141.

The LGBT Law Project at NYLAG offers free direct civil legal assistance to low-income LGBT community members. This project offers assistance with housing and employment discrimination, second parent adoptions, orders of protection, legal name changes, advanced planning documents, assistance with public benefits, landlord and tenant disputes and other concerns upon request.

AVP and the LGBT Law Project will work together to provide a network for their clients. Virginia Goggin, director of the LGBT Law Project, has found that almost all of her clients that seek civil legal assistance also seek remediation for experiencing violence either in their communities, relationships, or living situations. It is therefore a natural fit for Goggin to refer these clients to AVP, ensuring that all of her clients are able to manage the multi-faceted issues affecting their daily lifestyles. Developing a network between these social service agencies will enable important steps to be made not only in serving clients, but in community advocacy work as combined efforts will produce important solutions to issues of hate, violence and discrimination. Conflicts affecting the LGBTQH communities will now be met head-on by a coalition of dedicated staff, dramatically intensifying the campaign for equality for LGBT communities.

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The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provides free civil legal services to New Yorkers who cannot afford private attorneys. Founded in 1990 on the premise that low-income individuals can improve their lives significantly if given access to the justice system, NYLAG has a comprehensive range of services and core practice areas. For more information, go to www.nylag.org.