Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides high quality, free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers who cannot afford attorneys. Our comprehensive range of services includes direct representation, case consultation, advocacy, community education, training, financial counseling, and impact litigation.
NYLAG provides hope for thousands of New Yorkers in need each year.
- We help victims of domestic violence to escape their abusers.
- We assist chronically ill and disabled patients to access lifesaving healthcare.
- We enable immigrants to achieve their dreams of citizenship.
- We fight for elderly New Yorkers to receive the public benefits and homecare they need to live dignified, independent lives.
- We help children with special needs to attain school placements where they can learn and flourish.
- We prevent foreclosure and eviction by advocating to keep people in their homes.
NYLAG has 150community offices located in courts, hospitals, and community based organizations in all five boroughs of New York City as well as Westchester County and Long Island. We also partner with over 600 health and human services agencies across the City to provide cross-referrals and ensure holistic care for New Yorkers in need.
In addition to a paid staff of more than 280, NYLAG leverages the services of over 2,200 pro bono attorneys and other volunteers.
NYLAG changes lives and strengthens our community. From 2016-2017:
- NYLAG directly served over 74,000 vulnerable New Yorkers.
- An additional 10,000 individuals participated in NYLAG’s community education and professional training sessions.
- 35,000 New Yorkers benefited from NYLAG’s class action law suits.
- NYLAG’s $26 million budget is supplemented by partnerships with law firms and volunteers that in the past year have donated over 100,000 hours in pro bono services, valued at over $26 million.