Engaging & Investing in Communities

The Legal Aid Society goes beyond the courtroom to defend, empower, and give voice to everyday New Yorkers.

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Every day, in courthouses and communities across the city, we advocate for the rights of all New Yorkers. Learn more about the services we provide.

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Making a Difference

Projects, Units & Initiatives

Our specialized teams have experience working on nearly every area of law that impacts New Yorkers. Explore the ways we fight on behalf of clients and communities.

A Day in the Life

Providing Essential Legal Services in the Community Justice Unit

Supervising Attorney Anthony Posada and Community Organizer Victor Dempsey of the Community Justice Unit (CJU) passionately work within New York’s neighborhoods to fight gun violence and provide legal access and support.

Victor Dempsey stands outside in Manhattan, smiling and wearing a blue denim shirt
Victor Dempsey  Community Justice Unit  

Our Work with Partners

Helping Community-Based Organizations Provide Legal Assistance

Since 2017, the CJU has partnered with Good Call in order to facilitate the launch of their hotline service in the Bronx. Good Call is an emergency hotline service for people facing arrests that immediately connects them to a CJU attorney—they’re now looking to expand beyond the Bronx.

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By the Numbers

Our Community Justice Unit (CJU) and Community Development Project (CDP) work across all five boroughs to make New York’s communities safer and promote economic development.


Services to NYC Cure Violence partners and community members by the Community Justice Unit.


CJU Community events coupled with virtual events including Know Your Rights training, gun awareness, and more.


Attendees at 65 trainings hosted by the Community Development Project.

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Every donation helps us offer essential legal services to thousands of everyday New Yorkers, helping people buy food, pay rent, and care for themselves and their families.

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