Sculpture of Themis, mythological

Navigating NYLAG during the Coronavirus Pandemic

*nylag.org/coronavirus (this page) will be updated as needed with the latest info around NYLAG’s response to coronavirus.

We all have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. NYLAG is taking necessary precautions to protect our staff, volunteers, clients, and larger community. 

Our intake lines are open, we are meeting with clients via telephonic and virtual meetings, we are sharing information online, we are continuing our advocacy efforts, and every unit is up and running. We are still working hard, but please note that our physical office is closed.

What if I have an active case or need legal support?

If you have an active case, including an upcoming court case, please reach out to your NYLAG case handler if you have questions. Please note that court operations are rapidly changing, with many being suspended until further notice.

Our intake is still operating as outlined at nylag.org/gethelp. We will update that page if anything changes.

Here is how we’ve been responding and taking action so far:

NYLAG has a culture and history of responding to emerging needs, quickly adapting to meet those needs in innovative ways. At NYLAG, we are rapidly responding to the coronavirus, shifting our work to respond to this new reality while continuing to ensure that our clients have fair and equal access to justice. Here how we’ve responded so far:

  • Advocating for immediate policy and systemic changes that protect those with low-income or who are experiencing poverty, such as imposing moratoriums on home evictions and immigration enforcement, and urging the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to adopt our proposal to protect veterans. These are just some examples—we continue to advocate behind the scenes.
  • Creating an online resource from our financial counseling team on how to save and lessen the financial strain during a public health pandemic like coronavirus.
  • Sharing timely and factual information online such as how to report illegal practices like price gouging of sanitization products, changes in court and hearing operations, how to fill out the census during this pandemic, and other critical issues.
  • Prioritizing legal support to individuals with urgent needs that cannot be stalled.


How can I help during this time?

The coronavirus will undoubtedly impact our fundraising and finances. If you are able to, please donate generously so that we can continue providing free legal services and financial counseling during times of crisis.  

Help us to provide free legal services and financial empowerment for those who need it most during a crisis.

Share this post

Related Articles

New York City Rent Increase: What You Need to Know

NYLAG’s Sophie Cohen contributed to this New York Times article on the impacts of recent rent increases in New York City. “When a rent-stabilized apartment has annual rent increases of this magnitude, it is no longer about affordability and sustainability for tenants.”

Read More »

Pride Month Is All Year in the Fight for Justice

The LGBTQ+ community has had to fight for generations for the rights they have now. To respond to ongoing discrimination and a scary string of setbacks across the country that threaten the very identities, safety, and health of LGBTQ+ people, we are all needed.

Read More »
Scroll to Top