MFY in the News

MFY Urges City to Adopt Standards for Collecting Immigration Status

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 Releases Guide for Parents Preparing for Potential Deportation

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 […]

Judge Blasts NYS for Undermining Adult Home Class Action Settlement

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 […]

MFY on the Importance of Protections for Three-Quarter House Tenants

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 […]

MFY Joins Univision Panel on Immigrants’ Rights

MFY Attorney Ernie Collette shared his knowledge of immigration law with a panel of experts at a forum organized by Univision on February 16, 2017. Immigrants from around the New York metropolitan area called in their questions and the panel provided timely and accurate information to New Yorkers who voiced concerns and anxieties resulting from […]

MFY Joins Amicus Brief to SCOTUS on Criminal Conviction Expungement

MFY Legal Services joined 23 other non-profit organizations in an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court on February 10, 2017, concerning expungement of federal criminal convictions, and whether and in what circumstances a judge has the power to grant a petition to expunge. Doe v. USA challenges a decision by the 2nd Circuit […]

MFY Calls on Senators to Ensure Consumer Protections

MFY joined scores of consumer, small business, labor, good government, financial protection, community, health environmental, civil rights and public interest groups in signing a letter on Monday, January 30, 2017 to senators urging them to oppose the use of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal public protections that are critical to ensuring consumer protections and […]

City Council Passes Bills to Protect Three-Quarter House Residents

After years of organizing and advocacy by the Three-Quarter House Tenant Organizing Project (TOP), MFY Legal Services, Neighbors Together, VOCAL-NY and other advocates in the Three-Quarter House Reform Coalition, the New York City Council passed a package of five bills to protect tenants’ rights and rein in abusive three-quarter house operators. The bills prohibit landlords […]

MFY Launches New Program for Worker Safety and Health

Responding to the lack of legal assistance for low-income and immigrant workers injured on the job, MFY Legal Services is launching a new project on Workplace Safety and Health as part of its Workplace Justice Project. The project will provide advice, counsel and representation to workers who are injured on the job or who face […]

MFY Adds Its Voice to Call for Supportive Housing for Those Re-entering Society

MFY Legal Services has worked with a coalition of 17 organizations led by CSH to develop recommendations that help to improve access to supportive, affordable, public, and market rate housing for individuals leaving incarceration. If adopted, these policy reforms would end reliance on unstable and unsafe housing; improve access to supportive and other affordable housing […]

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