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MISSION AND VALUES

NYLAG's Mission

New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers experiencing poverty or in crisis combat economic, racial, and social injustice. We address emerging and urgent needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving clients, whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality.

Values That Guide Us

  1. We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services.
  2. We strive to serve individuals and communities through a race equity lens to counteract systemic racism.
  3. We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.
  4. We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.
  5. We partner with our clients to help them transform their lives and strengthen their communities.
  6. We address our clients’ multiple legal needs by collaborating across our practice areas.
  7. We are at the forefront of identifying and understanding New Yorkers’ most pressing legal needs, rapidly adapting to meet these needs with innovative programs and partnerships.
  8. We assess need broadly, recognizing that need is not a function of income alone.
  9. We collaborate with community organizations and engage pro bono attorneys and volunteers to serve a greater number of people with unmet civil legal needs.
  10. We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.
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