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NYLAG Fights For Fair & Equal Access to Justice

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. 

Combatting social, racial, and economic injustice

News & Resources

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Migrants Encounter ‘Chaos and Confusion’ in New York Immigration Courts

The “chaos and confusion” in New York's immigration systems come “at the expense of people’s rights and people’s ability to seek legal protection in the United States,” said NYLAG’s Jodi Ziesemer in The New York Times.

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To Support Survivors, We Must Understand ​Trauma

From years of supporting survivors of trauma, we’ve learned how to integrate trauma-informed practices into legal services. Learn more about trauma and why understanding it matters for legal advocates.

Managed Long-Term Care Data Transparency Project

This project makes public, for the first time, important data showing how New York State's Medicaid Managed Long-Term Care plans spend billions of dollars to provide long-term care services to New Yorkers with disabilities.

Our Impact


people impacted by our services last year


community sites across NYC where we offer services


housing & foreclosure cases resulted in thousands of people keeping their homes


immigration cases handled last year, from asylum claims to deportation defense

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More News & Resources

Recently-Arrived Migrants and Asylum-Seekers Need Stronger Resources and Services

Amidst a recent influx, migrants and asylum-seekers are suffering because New York’s legal and shelter systems are unprepared to serve them. Read NYLAG's testimony on the issue.

What NYC Renters Need To Know About Getting Landlords To Turn the Heat Back On

NYLAG attorney Jared Riser spoke with Gothamist about what tenants can do if their landlords don’t to comply with heat requirements during cold months.

Student Loan Forgiveness: What You Need to Know

On August 24, 2022, the Biden administration announced a plan for broad student loan cancellation. You may be wondering if you qualify and how the plan will be implemented. Based on what we know so far, here are some answers.

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