2017-05-17 / Front Page

Peralta Allocates Funding For Her Justice To Help Women Obtain Special Visas

State Senator Jose Peralta has secured a $50,000 state allocation to Her Justice, an organization that provides legal services to women in need.State Senator Jose Peralta has secured a $50,000 state allocation to Her Justice, an organization that provides legal services to women in need.State Senator Jose Peralta announced a $50,000 state allocation to Her Justice, an organization that provides legal services to women in need. Her Justice, with the assistance of law firms, helps hundreds of women who have been victims of crime to obtain “U” visas. Peralta and Her Justice are partnering with other nonprofits to assist immigrant families and hold “Know your Rights” forums.    

“We must ensure we are able to assist women who have been victims of crimes, and help them in securing a life-changing visa so they can safely run away from their abusers and begin a new life without fear,” said Senator Peralta. “I was pleased to secure state funding for Her Justice that will help the organization support the vital services it provides to at-risk women.”          
“Her Justice is deeply grateful to Senator Peralta for his support in this year’s state budget,” said Executive Director Amy Barasch. “Her Justice helps hundreds of women obtain U visas, which are specifically for victims of crime. Most of our clients are eligible because they have been victims of intimate partner violence. U visas are particularly important as they can lead to work authorization.  In the current climate, the volunteer attorneys with whom we work are eager to take these cases, but the delay in processing U visas at the federal level often makes that difficult. This funding will enable us to meet the increased demand for volunteer opportunities from law firms and help more clients, which is especially critical now, as alternate paths to legal status are threatened.”

Her Justice is a non-profit organization that takes a ‘pro bono first’ approach to the provision of legal services to low-income women in crisis in all five boroughs of New York City. The staff of 18 lawyers and legal assistants trains, recruits and supervises volunteer attorneys from over 80 law firms to ensure that more than 3,000 vulnerable women every year receive free legal assistance in family, divorce and immigration matters.



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