In testimony today before the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and other agencies, MFY Supervising Attorney Maia Goodell urged that the city adopt clear standards for all agencies, including law enforcement, to ensure that immigration status is not collected unless essential, that personal information is safeguarded to the maximum extent possible, and that […]
MFY Legal Services is disseminating a new guide for parents who may be facing potential deportation. The guide instructs parents on how to get documents confirming a child’s status and how to plan for a child’s care by filling out a Parental Designation Form. It also outlines the legal options for adults who are caring […]
At a Civil Hearing on March 22, 2107, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis, after summarizing a decade of litigation on behalf of adults with mental illness living in adult homes, criticized New York State representatives for using the courts to undermine a class action settlement that compelled the state to provide 2,000 units of supportive housing–and […]
In an article in Behavioral Healthcare Executive, MFY Staff Attorney Matthew Main spoke about the importance of recent City Council legislation that increased protections for three-quarter residents, especially the law prohibiting three-quarter house operators from compelling residents to attend treatment programs or get medical services. Operators often get kickbacks from treatment providers and then evict […]
Jeanette Zelhof, MFY's Executive Director, leads a discussion on how the new administration's policies might affect our clients and all vulnerable New Yorkers.
MFY Legal Services is changing its name to:
Our mission, values, and practice areas remain the same.
The new name will be official in late spring.
We envision a society in which there is equal justice for all.
Our mission is to achieve social justice, prioritizing the needs of people who are low-income, disenfranchised or have disabilities. We do this by providing the highest quality direct civil legal assistance, conducting community education and building partnerships, engaging in policy advocacy, and bringing impact litigation.