Deborah is a Senior Staff Attorney with NYLAG’s Public Benefits Unit with a focus on benefits administered by the City of New York. She advises and represents low-income clients regarding access to public benefits, including cash public assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (food stamps) and Department of Homeless Services shelter.  Deborah pioneered NYLAG’s Shelter Advocacy Initiative, providing representation for homeless families who have been denied Department of Homeless Services shelter. Earlier, Deborah was a staff attorney in NYLAG’s Special Litigation Unit. Before joining NYLAG, Deborah spent her career fighting on behalf of the disenfranchised at the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and in private practice. Deborah received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and her J.D. from Fordham School of Law.