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2006 Urban Justice Center

I N D I VIDUAL RIGHTS & SOC I A L C H A N G E

TA B L E OF CONTENTS
01

LETTER FROM THE


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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WHAT WE DO

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

04

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROJECT

05

HOMELESSNESS OUTREACH &


PREVENTION PROJECT

06

HUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT

07

MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT

08

PETER CICCHINO YOUTH PROJECT

09

SEX WORKERS PROJECT

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STREET VENDOR PROJECT

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FINANCIAL SUMMARY

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS &


PRO BONO SUPPORT

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OUR SUPPORTERS

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STAFF

L E T T E R FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Dear Friends,
At the end of every year, I nd it useful
to go back and look at my beginnings.
The Urban Justice Center was founded
on ideals of social change, human
decency, community and independence.
For more than two decades, we have not
only championed these rights for our
clients, but have also used them as the
pillars upon which to build our agency;
the lodestars by which to guide our work.
Our Projects focus on different but
often interrelated aspects of injustice,
and within a legal framework they have
the freedom to advocate for our clients
in any way they see t. Ours is a staff
of experts with hundreds of years of
combined experience. The Urban Justice
Center exists to bring this talented
group of individuals together and to
set them free in the battle against
poverty, homelessness, discrimination,
and oppression.
Our record shows the success of this
philosophy. Every year, our attorneys,
social workers and legal advocates
provide direct support to thousands of
individuals. Simultaneously, they gather

the information that allows us to publish


groundbreaking reports and pursue
wide-sweeping class action lawsuits.
More than in words or accolades, it is in
the work done and people helped that
we measure our success.
Success without sustainability, however,
is a mere ash in the pan. As we stand
poised on the threshold of our 23rd year,
we are proud that not only have we
continued to help the neediest members
of our community, but that we have been
able to expand our services every year.
Again, I look backwards to measure our
success. From our humble origins in an
abandoned building in Harlem with a
$25,000 grant, we have transformed into
an agency of 8 projects, nearly 60 staff,
and a budget of over $4,000,000.
In 2007, we will take a crucial step to
ensure our continued ability to champion
the poor and dispossessed. After 10
years in our home at 666 Broadway,
the Urban Justice Center is moving to
a new, 20,000 square foot space in the
Financial District at 123 Williams Street.
The benets of this location are many.

For the rst time in years, our new


home will allow all of our Projects to be
housed on the same oor. This promotes
the synergy of interaction and the
interdependent community of thought
that gives our advocacy its strength.
Furthermore, this expanded space will
support the tremendous growth we
have undergone.
Examining our beginnings lets us see not
just how far we have come, however,
but also how far we have to go. As
you will see in these pages, this has
been an exciting year not only for the
Urban Justice Center as a whole, but
also for our constituent Projects. Even
as we recount our successes, however,
we are readying for the clients, cases,
and concerns that we will champion in
the next year, and the year after that,
and the year after that. Without your
support, none of this work would be
possible. On behalf of myself, the staff of
the Urban Justice Center, and our clients,
I hope you will join us in our efforts to
achieve social justice.

Sincerely,

Douglas Lasdon
Executive Director

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W H AT W E DO
The Urban Justice Center serves New
York Citys most vulnerable residents
through a combination of direct legal
service, systemic advocacy, community
education and political organizing. We
assist our clients on numerous levels,
from one-on-one legal advice in soup
kitchens, to helping individuals access
housing and government assistance, to
ling class action lawsuits to bring about
systemic change.
The UJC represents an extraordinary
array of the most deprived and abused
people in our society, including members
of the working poor, and issues related
to discrimination and oppression. We
often defend the rights of people who
are overlooked or turned away by other
organizations. The Urban Justice Center
reaches a wide-ranging client base
through the following Projects:
COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROJECT
HOMELESSNESS OUTREACH AND
PREVENTION PROJECT
HUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT
MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT
PETER CICCHINO YOUTH PROJECT
SEX WORKERS PROJECT
STREET VENDOR PROJECT
Each year, our cumulative work
results in thousands of victories on
behalf of individual clients, as well as
groundbreaking reforms that affect
public policy nationwide.

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C O M M U NITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT


The Community Development Project
(CDP) takes the Urban Justice model
of creating positive social change for
individuals, and applies it to grassroots
community groups by providing
legal, technical, research and policy
assistance. CDPs work is informed by
the belief that real and lasting change
in low-income, urban neighborhoods
is often rooted in the empowerment of
grassroots, community institutions.
Every year, CDP works with more than
50 community organizations around
New York City, whose total membership
is in the thousands. CDP helps
grassroots groups get off the ground,
by doing everything from helping them
write their bylaws, to advising them
on how to avoid predatory lending
institutions. By empowering groups
within the community, CDP fosters longrange change that cannot be imposed
from the outside.

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RESEARCH

IN DEPTH:

DINING OUT, DINING HEALTHY:


THE LINK BETWEEN PUBLIC HEALTH
AND WORKING CONDITIONS IN NEW
YORK CITYS RESTAURANT INDUSTRY
CDP issued a report on working
conditions in NYC restaurants

LANDMARK 9/11 DETENTION CASE


CDP brought suit on behalf of two
Muslim men of Arab descent who were
detained in the federal detention facility
in Brooklyn shortly after September
11th, alleging that their detention was
arbitrary and that they were subjected
to abuse at the hands of federal prison
employees. The U.S. recently settled one
of the plaintiffs claims for $300,000.
In October 2006, CDP and pro bono
counsel Koob & Magoolaghan and Weil,
Gotshal & Manges, LLP argued the case
of the remaining plaintiff before the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second
Circuit. Most of the supervisory
defendants in the case, ranging from
the prison warden up to the former
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft,
appealed the U.S. District Courts
decision that rejected their argument that
the mistreatment was allegedly justied
by law enforcement concerns.

HEAR THIS! THE NEED FOR


MULTILINGUAL HOUSING SERVICES
IN NEW YORK CITY
CDP/Communities for Housing Equity
Coalition released this report
EDUCATION NOT DEPORTATION:
IMPACTS OF NEW YORK CITY
SCHOOL SAFETY POLICY ON SOUTH
ASIAN IMMIGRANT YOUTH
CDP and DRUM released this
important report culminating over two
years of work

IN DEPTH:
CDP ANNOUNCES LAWSUIT ON
BEHALF OF SUPERMARKET WORKERS
CDP recently led a lawsuit in United
States District Court for the Eastern
District of New York on behalf of
nine former employees of the Food
Bazaar Supermarket in the Brooklyn
neighborhood of Bushwick, asking
the court to award them more than
$1.5 million in damages resulting from
unpaid minimum wages and overtime
compensation. The suit is part of CDPs
ongoing partnership with the National
Mobilization Against Sweatshops to
protect the rights of low-income workers
throughout New York City. CDPs pro
bono co-counsel on this case is Outten
& Golden LLP.

IN DEPTH:
COLORS: NYCS FIRST
WORKER-OWNED COOPERATIVE
RESTAURANT OPENS
CDP celebrated the opening of
COLORS, a worker-owned restaurant
conceived by the Restaurant
Opportunities Center of New York (ROC).
CDP attorneys worked extensively with
ROC to design the corporate structure
and operating agreement.

D O M E S T IC VIOLENCE PROJECT
The Domestic Violence Project (DVP)
is dedicated to providing survivors of
domestic violence and their children
with the support and advocacy necessary
to achieve freedom from the abuse
and violence in their lives. Our mission
demands a holistic approach in addressing
the obstacles faced by our clients.
Our dedicated and compassionate
team of attorneys and clinicians work
collaboratively to address the difculties
faced by our clients and their children
by fully assessing each individuals
clinical and legal needs. Our clients do
not present with solely one issue. It is
customary that the decision to leave is
fraught with danger and uncertainty.
We understand this, and we provide
hotline assistance to victims of domestic
violence where their concerns are heard
and addressed.
DVPs work incorporates a philosophy
of collaboration. We believe that
concerted efforts on all fronts:
governmental, law enforcement and at
the grass-roots level involving smaller
community based organizations
will provide the greatest impact.
Collaboration provides for greater
long-term societal change which in turn
ensures greater safety and success for our
clients and their children. We provide
assistance to all victims of domestic
violence irrespective of gender, and we
provide culturally and linguistically
appropriate services.

I am proud to support the Urban Justice Domestic Violence


Project in a coordinated campaign to target our resources
how and where women need them the most. This program
was specically designed to work with community-based
organizations that provide culturally relevant and multi-lingual
services to immigrants and families from Central and Latin
America and East and South Asia. By working with our local
libraries, schools and cultural groups, we can ensure that
all women have access to the support they need in a safe,
trusted environment.
- Councilmember Hiram Monserrate

IN 2006, DVP EXPANDED,


ADDING SERVICES IN THE
BRONX AND QUEENS,
WHILE CONTINUING
SERVICES IN BROOKLYN.
IN A TYPICAL MONTH,

335

CLIENTS RECEIVE ONGOING


COMPREHENSIVE CLINICAL
SUPPORT & CONSULTATION

200

CALLS ARE ANSWERED ON


THE DVP HOTLINE

250

CLIENTS RECEIVE GENERAL


LEGAL SERVICES

100

CLIENTS RECEIVE DIRECT


LEGAL REPRESENTATION

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H O M E L ESSNESS OUTREACH AND


P R E V E N TION PROJECT
The Homelessness Outreach and
Prevention Project (HOPP) advocates for
economic justice for no and low income
New Yorkers. To achieve this goal,
HOPP uses a multi-pronged approach
of direct service, litigation, policy
advocacy and research to promote access
to public benets programs and ensure
government accountability.
With over one in ve New York City
residents living in poverty, many of
whom are working at low wage jobs,
our work has never been more critical.
To reach and assist the people who need
help, we provide direct services to over

1500 individuals and families each year


at our legal clinics based in communities
throughout the city: three in Manhattan,
and one each in the Bronx, Brooklyn
and Queens. To eradicate systemic
barriers, we engage in impact litigation
and policy advocacy designed to improve
public benets programs that can help
lift people out of poverty. Our research
helps highlight those problems and
provides a framework for potential
solutions, while seeking to give a voice
to the experiences of people living in
poverty. In all of our work, we seek to
secure our clients basic human right to
economic security.

DIRECT SERVICE
1500 People receive direct service from
HOPPs Legal Clinics around
New York City this year.
HOPP opened our rst Queens Legal
Clinic at Hour Children in October 2006*
*Part of Robin Hoods Single Stop Initiative

RESEARCH & POLICY


ADVOCACY
A Better Recipe for New York City:
Less Red Tape, More Food on the
Table, was released in January 2006,
initiating policy advocacy around the
issues addressed in the report.

IMPACT LITIGATION
Williston v. Eggleston - On June 15,
2004, the Urban Justice Center, in
conjunction with the Welfare Law
Center and the New York Legal
Assistance Group, led Williston
v. Eggleston, a federal class action
challenging the Citys Human Resources
Administrations failure to provide
food stamps to applicants from eligible
households within a timely manner, as
required by law.
In 2006, this case has survived a motion
to dismiss. HOPP has started discovery
and collected evidence to further
strengthen the case.

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H U M A N RIGHTS PR OJECT
The Human Rights Project (HRP) is one
of only a handful of organizations in the
United States working to apply globally
accepted human rights standards to
domestic social policy. At its heart, the
human rights project is about using a
model of organizing and advocacy that
puts human dignity and human rights at
the center of social justice work.
By using human rights, HRP is changing
the terms of the debate from charity
to rights and focusing on government
obligation to provide remedies where
there are wrongs. Using a multi-pronged
approach that connects the challenges of
combating poverty and discrimination
and using human rights standards where
they provide more protection than
domestic law, HRP is working towards
building a better, more responsive
city government and more collective
community voice. HRP uses advocacy,
media, education, and human rights
documentation to advance our mission.

THE NEW YORK CITY


HUMAN RIGHTS
INITIATVE
HRP is the lead coordinating
organization of the New York City
Human Rights Initiative (NYCHRI),
a citywide coalition currently working
on ground-breaking legislation entitled
the Human Rights in Government
Operations Audit Law (or Human
Rights GOAL) to provide a
foundation for ensuring comprehensive
protection against, and pro-active
measures to prevent, all forms of
unlawful discrimination.

MONITORING DIGNITY
HRP is currently working to promote
the implementation of the Convention
on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by
encouraging the use of the CRC in local
human rights documentation. As part
of the effort, HRP is developing a set of
indicators based on the CRC to guide
human rights documentation projects
and is a core member of the youth
committee of the Campaign for U.S.
Ratication of the Convention on the
Rights of the Child.

NYC PARTICIPATORY
BUDGETING INITIATIVE
HRP is a founding partner and
institutional home for the New York
Participatory Budgeting Initiative
(NYCPBI), a new coalition of
organizations, activists, and otherwise
interested individuals working towards
economic security and fulllment
of human rights by increasing
accountability and participation in the
city budget process and other public
budgets. NYPBI is coordinated by HRP,
the New York City AIDS Housing
Network, and City Project, and is
committed to public education on the
budget, facilitating direct involvement
in the budget process, and serving as a
public watchdog and catalyst of
public participation. Participatory
budgeting is now practiced in
hundreds of cities around the world, in
municipalities, schools, public housing,
and other institutions.

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M E N TA L HEALTH PROJECT
The Mental Health Project aims to
break the cycle of hospitalization,
homelessness, and incarceration for
low-income New Yorkers with
psychiatric disabilities. For 1,000 clients
each year, our lawyers, social workers,
and advocates stop evictions; win Social
Security, Food Stamps, Medicaid and
Public Assistance benets; enforce the
Americans with Disabilities Act; nd
mental health treatment; and force jails
and hospitals to plan discharges so that
psychiatric patients and inmates are not
released to the street without housing,
benets, and ongoing treatment.
Based on what we learn from our
clients, we pursue systemic legal change
by engaging in impact litigation and
advocacy. Through litigation, we have
fought to secure the right to housing and
support services for the 15,000 patients
who are discharged from City hospitals
psychiatric wards every year, and for
the approximately 30,000 mentally ill
inmates who are released from City jails
every year.

FOWLKES V. ADAMEC

BRAD H. V. GIULIANI

On December 6, 2005, the United


States Court of Appeals for the Second
Circuit struck down the Social Security
Administrations practice of assuming
that anyone with an outstanding
warrant is a fugitive felon, and thus
systematically discontinuing the
benets of every disabled or retired
person with an outstanding warrant.
The court ruled that the SSA must rst
determine whether a person intended to
ee prosecution.

The Urban Justice Center led this class


action lawsuit in 1999 in New York
State Supreme Court, challenging New
York Citys practice of discharging
inmates with psychiatric disabilities
from the Rikers Island jail in the middle
of the night with only a $3 Metrocard
and $1.50 in cash, and without any
psychiatric medications or referral to
services. A preliminary injunction was
granted in 2000, ordering the City to
arrange for the continuing mental health
care of the more than 30,000 class
members discharged each year from
City jails. The City lost two attempts to
appeal this ruling, and since March 2001
has been required to provide discharge
planning, pending a nal ruling by the
state court.

STILL MORE TO DO
On April 6, 2006, SSA announced that
it will apply the ruling. However, SSA
is only changing its policy in NY, VT,
and CT and only for those who lost
their benets after the Courts decision
or were already in the appeals process.
For everyone else, SSA will continue to
terminate benets under its so-called
Fugitive Felons Project. SSA has
terminated the benets of thousands of
people whom the police have specically
decided not to pursue. MHP plans to
continue advocacy on this issue.

PRISON WARDS MOTION


The City argued that Prison Wards
should not be included in the Brad H.
v. Giuliani settlement. MHP won the
motion, arguing that Prison Wards
should be included in the Brad H.
settlement.

CRISIS FORMING
MHP EXPOSES UNLISCENSED ADULT HOME
MHP brought the unsanitary and unsafe condition of an illegal, unlicensed adult
home to light on page 1 of the New York Times Metro Section. The home, Albertas
House, has been taking clients with Social Security from city shelters and hospitals,
putting 5-6 men in a room, and charging each $500 per month for rent. Former
residents said there were bedbugs the size of roaches. MHP believes there are at
least 50 illegal homes throughout the city, and intends to stop these discharges by
pushing the responsible government agencies to inspect, regulate, and if necessary, to
close these homes.

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P E T E R CICCHINO YOUTH PROJECT


The Peter Cicchino Youth Project serves
some of the most vulnerable children
in New York City - poor and homeless
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
youth. Many of our clients have been
thrown out of their homes and forced
to survive on the streets because their
parents could not accept their sexual
orientation or gender identity. They
have faced violence and mistreatment at
school and in the streets because of who
they are. There are an estimated 23,000
homeless young people in New York
City, and 40% of those are thought to be
lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
We address these problems through a
combination of direct legal services for
individuals and initiatives to improve the
institutions where our kids struggle to
survive. We conduct three legal clinics
at an after school program and drop-in
centers for homeless young people, one of
which has been running continuously for
eleven years. Every year we handle 350
cases on behalf of over 200 youth. We
deal with matters ranging from applying
for legal immigration status to appealing
disability benets denials to legal name
changes for transgender youth.

ORAL HISTORY
PROJECT
Over the past year, PCYP conducted
interviews of children who had been
conned in state facilities. From this,
we released Voices for Justice, an Oral
History Project capturing the stories
of LGBT youth who have survived the
juvenile justice system.

SAFE, FAIR AND EQUAL


TREATMENT FOR
YOUTH (SAFETY) ACT
This legislation, drafted by PCYP,
would outlaw discrimination on the
basis of sexual orientation and gender
identity in juvenile justice facilities.
The SAFETY Act is sponsored by
Assemblymember Roger L. Green, and
it is currently pending in the New York
State Assembly.

NEW LEGAL CLINIC


PCYP opened a new clinic providing
onsite legal services at the Ali Forney
Center, a program dedicated to serving
homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender youth.

Harmony is an 18 year old young


woman from Jamaica, who ed
to the U.S. after enduring years of
violence and harassment, because
of her sexual orientation. When she
arrived here, her godmother threw
her out on the street. With no where
to turn, Harmony was forced to
sleep on trains and in abandoned
buildings until a police ofcer took
her to a homeless shelter for young
people. When we met Harmony,
she was extremely depressed and
terried that she would be deported
to Jamaica, where she could face
beatings, rape, or even death on
account of her sexual orientation.
PCYP helped Harmony secure free
medical care and mental health
treatment and led a political
asylum application to win her
permanent legal immigration status
in the U.S. Harmony was granted
asylum and will now be able to work
legally without fear of deportation.
Eventually, she will be able to apply
for U.S. Citizenship.

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S E X W O RKERS PROJECT
The Sex Workers Project (SWP) provides
legal services and legal training, and
engages in documentation and policy
advocacy, for sex workers. The SWP
works in the following areas: criminal
justice reform; trafcking in persons; and
human rights documentation. Using a
harm reduction and human rights model,
we protect the rights and safety of sex
workers who by choice, circumstance, or
coercion remain in the industry.
At an individual level, the Sex Workers
Project represents 75 sex workers a year
in legal cases that range from criminal
advocacy to immigration claims. We
use documentation-based advocacy,

policy analysis, training and education,


and collaboration with communitybased service providers to advance
practical, long-term solutions to the
problems faced by this vulnerable and
marginalized population.
The SWP provides critical information
to policymakers, activists, and the media
on the human rights abuses faced by
sex workers and those who are at risk
for engaging in sex work. The SWP
has spearheaded a communications
strategy to educate the media, service
organizations, and the public in order to
put a human face on sex work.

UNITED STATES vs.


CARRETO
In United States vs. Carreto, ve
defendants were prosecuted for
trafcking dozens of women from
Mexico to the U.S. over the course of
more than a decade. On April 27, 2006,
two of the defendants were sentenced to
50 years in prison, and one defendant
was sentenced to 25 years. These are the
harshest penalties issued thus far under the
2000 Trafcking Victims Protection Act.
The Sex Workers Project worked with
many of the women trafcked in this
case, and has represented them in all
of their dealings with law enforcement
and in their immigration applications.
Extensive efforts by the SWP and other
cooperating agencies helped these women
to cooperate with the government in its
prosecution of their victimizers.
All of the SWPs clients spoke at the
sentencing, telling their trafckers
about the injuries they had perpetrated
against them. This result is a direct
testament to the strength, willpower, and
determination of our clients.

EFFECTIVE
COMMUNICATION
SWP has spearheaded a working group
to develop a communications strategy
within the sex work community. The
goal is to improve public education
by putting a face on sex work and
accurately representing sex work as a
human rights issue in communication
with the media.

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S T R E E T VENDOR PROJECT
The community of street vendors, the
services and vitality they provide, are
part of what makes this city great,
and rarely are they appreciated for it.
Vendors are often poor people with
little political inuence, facing some of
the most powerful groups in the city
business owners, real estate developers
and the police. The Street Vendor
Project is a voice for more than 12,000
people who have never before had an
organization working on their behalf,
and who have therefore been taken
advantage of for more than 100 years.
The Street Vendor Project works
to correct the social and economic
injustice faced by these hardworking
entrepreneurs. Reaching out to vendors
on the street, we hold clinics to educate
vendors about their legal rights. Working
to support a local vendors rights
movement, we organize vendors to
participate in the political process that
determines their fate. Finally, we engage
in systemic advocacy to help policy
makers and the public understand the
important role of street vendors in the
life of our city.
Currently, we have more than 550
members, to whom we provide legal
support and education. Our work,
however, doesnt end at the curb. We
believe a vital part of helping vendors
is rallying the support of the millions
of New Yorkers whose lives would be
diminished by their absence.

DID YOU KNOW?


This year the Street Vendor Project completed the rst comprehensive
report on the conditions of street vendors in New York City in 80
years. According to this report:
MORE THAN 12,000 VENDORS WORK ON THE STREETS

OF NEW YORK CITY TODAY

43% OF VENDORS SURVEYED HAD A COLLEGE


EDUCATION OR HIGHER

THE MEDIAN NET INCOME FOR VENDORS IS ESTIMATED AT


$7,500 PER YEAR, PLACING THEM IN THE BOTTOM 9% OF
WAGE EARNERS IN THIS COUNTRY
VENDORS SUPPORT AN AVERAGE OF 4.2 PEOPLE

VENDY AWARDS
BUILDING STEAM
This October, SVP held the 2nd Annual
Vendy Awards honoring New York
Citys street food vendors. We know
that hardworking food vendors deserve
to be recognized for the excellence of
their craft. Congratulations to this years
winner - Samiul Haque Noor, 36, from
Sammys Halal on 73rd Street and
Broadway in Queens.

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F I NA N C I AL SUMMARY
BASED ON AUDITED JULY 1 , 2 0 0 4 - J U N E 3 0 , 2 0 0 5

T O TAL REVENUE - $4,031,068


DISTRIBUTION
INDIVIDUAL/ CORPORATE 17%

GOVERNMENT 40%

FOUNDATION 43%

T O TAL EXPENSES - $4,381,184


DISTRIBUTION
GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
& FUNDRAISING 17%

PROGRAM SERVICES 83%

N E T ASSETS - $4,276,003
INCLUDES CURRENT OFFICE SPACE

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B O A R D OF DIRECTORS & PRO BONO SUP P O R T


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRO BONO SUPPORT

Mitchell A. Lowenthal, Esq.

Bingham McCutchen LLP

Chairman
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Felipe Aransaenz

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

York Stockbrokers

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Michael A. Barasch, Esq.

Dechert LLP

Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson

Pat Budziak
i2 Foundation

Jonathan Cole, Ph.D.


Columbia University

Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP

Dewey Ballantine LLP


Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Freshelds Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP

Marc Falcone, Esq.

Koob & Magoolaghan

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP

Jeffrey D. Haroldson, Esq.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

HDG Mansur Capital Group, LLC

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Helen Hershkoff, Esq.

Outten & Golden LLP

New York University School of Law

Raquiba LaBrie, Esq.


Open Society Institute

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton &


Garrison LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Reed Smith Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Anna Lefer

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Open Society Institute

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Stephen Loffredo, Esq.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &


Flom LLP

CUNY Law School

Christopher J. Meade, Esq.


Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Arnold B. Peinado III, Esq.

The Mason Law Firm, PC


Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
WilmerHale LLP

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

David A. Singleton, Esq.


Prison Reform Advocacy Center

Christopher K. Tahbaz, Esq.


Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

David Tobis, Ph.D.


Fund for Social Change

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O U R S U PPOR TERS
Foundations, Government & Individuals
June 30 2005 - July 1, 2006
$200,000+

Human Resources Administration


New York City Council
Robin Hood Foundation
United Way of New York City
United States Department of Justice

$100,000+

HUD Outreach
Overbrook Foundation
Mertz Gilmore Foundation
van Ameringen Foundation

$50,000+

Skadden Fellowship Foundation


New York State Nutrition Consortium
New York Womens Foundation
Oak Foundation
Open Society Institute
Starr Foundation

$20,000+

Andrus Family Fund


Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Equal Justice Works Fellowship
Ford Foundation
Frances Lear Fund
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP
Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation
Henry van Ameringen Foundation
Helena Rubinstein Foundation
New York Community Trust
New York Foundation
Ofce for Children & Family Services
Ofce of Temporary Disability Assistance
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Red Cross
Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
Valentine Perry Snyder Fund

$10,000+

Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson


Pat Budziak & William Beecher
Citigroup
Joanna & Jonathan Cole
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Dewey Ballantine LLP
Entwistle & Cappucci LLP
Marc Falcone & Caitlin Halligan
JP Morgan Chase Foundation
Kenworthy-Swift Foundation
Linklaters
North Star Fund
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Arnold & Sandra Peinado
Paul Rapoport Foundation
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Shearman & Sterling, LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP
The Philanthropic Collaborative
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
WilmerHale

$5,000+

Epstein Philanthropies
Caryn Gottlieb
Greenberg Traurig
HDG Mansur Capital Group, LLC
Mary & Howard Kelberg

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Kilpatrick Stockton LLP


Mitchell & Ann Lowenthal
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
NYU Furman Fellowship
Peter Cicchino Social Justice Fund
Reid Williams Foundation
Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP
Sidley Austin LLP

$2,000+

ADCO Foundation
Allen & Overy LLP
Brenda & Kenneth Carmel
Michael T. Cohen
Bibi Conrad
Cornerstone Promotion
Trayton & Maris Davis
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP
Emanuel & Anna Weinstein Family Foundation
Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Morris A. Hazan Family Foundation
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Keesal, Young & Logan
Helena Lee & Richard Klapper
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Gary & Cissy Lefer
Helen Hershkoff & Stephen Loffredo
New York Association for New Americans
Bradford & Kate Peck
Geoffrey Rockhill & Elizabeth Satin
Skyline Public Works
Emanuel T. Stern
Christopher & Leah Tahbaz
Seth Grosshandler & Kim Wainwright
Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP
Lois Q. Whitman
David Wolfson

$1,000+

Felipe & Anne Aransaenz


The Block Family Foundation, Inc.
Blue Ridge Foundation New York
Ira Lichtiger & Joyce Bluestone
Anne E. Cohen
Geoffrey O. Coley
Meredith B. Cross
Daniel Leffell & Julie Domonkos
Margot & Eric Egan
John Ehrenkranz
Equal Justice America
Charlotte Moses Fischman
Xavier Guery
HBO Sopranos
Nanette L. Laitman
David Lehmann
Jodi Malester
Christopher J. Meade
Metzger-Price Fund
Morgan & Marjorie Miller
New York University
Lynn Penney
Bud Perrone
Pamela & Jeff Rabin
Tim Richthammer
Stephen & Wendy Shalen
Michael Siciliani
Sue Simon
Katie Smith
Liz & Emanuel Stern
Katrina vanden Heuvel
David Wolfson

$500+

Bard High School Early College


Patricia Bauman
Jonathan Belt
Mr. & Mrs. Chistopher J. Berman
Charles Bramham
Liz Buckner
Joe & Margot Calabrese
Stephanie Cohen
Dorothy & Lewis Cullman
Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr.
Wolcott B. & Joan F. Dunham
Mark A. Underberg & Diane Englander
Dr. Gail Furman
Tonko Gast
Lisa Post Gershon
Terence & Juliana Gilheany
Martin Goodman
Matthew Grieco
John H. Hall
Abigail E. Disney & Pierre N. Hauser
Jennifer Hawkins
Molly K. Heines & Thomas J. Moloney
John Holloran
Gregory Bylinsky & Mae Hsieh
Jill & Ken Iscol
Harold Pote & Linda Johnson
Madeleine Rudin & William Bruce Johnson
John Konstant
Donald Donovan & Jennifer Lake
Carolyn Lee
Daniel Lenihan
Shaul Levy
Victor & Leslie Lewkow
Douglas Lloyd
John Luboja
Colleen May
Erik D. Mayans
New Yorkers for Children
People for the American Way
Kathleen Peratis
Pzer Foundation
Herman H. Raspe
William Roberts
Patricia J. Ryan
Catherine Samuels
Anne Savage
Launa A. Schweizer
Jonathan Soros
Marlene B. Strauss
Christopher & Leah Tahbaz
Judith B. Wessler
Jide J. Zeitlin

$200+

Laurent & Johanna Alpert


Bruce & Carol Angiolillo
Leslie Annexstein
Marion Bachrach
Phyllis & Marvin Barasch
Robert & Helen Bernstein
Eric & Nancy Birnbaum
Judy Carmel
Frances Chang
Ron Chernow
Steven & AnnMarie Crino
Leslie DeLoach
Betsy Cohen & Marc Devorsetz
Colleen Echeveste
Fred Epstein
Christine Fasano
Beth Golden
Jim & Gail Goldstein
Robert N. Shwartz & Susan J. Greenberg
James & Julie Hallowell
Deborah M. Buell & Charles S. Henry
Mr. & Mrs. Steven L. Ingerman
Mariaud Jean-Philippe
Eliza Kaiser
Blossom Kan
Anna Lefer

Susan B. Lindenauer
James Lodwick
Stephanie & Jason Manske
Beth Margolis
Michael Hirschhorn & Jimena P. Martinez
Jason Megson
Rosemary Moukad
Randy & Renata Mulder
Daniel Greenberg & Karen Nelson
Dominique Penson
Rosa Pizzi
Joseph A. Popper
Roth Family Foundation
Phillip Saperia
Michael Shields
Christian Sinagusa
Andres E. Soto
Lisa Taubenblat
Amy Yenkin & Robert Usdan
Jay & Lyn Weiss
Stephen & Rachel Wizner
Markus Yakren
Timothy Zgraggen

$100+

Laura Abel
Joshua Adler
Wallace & Alice Alston
Alysha Austern
Sheelagh H. Baily
Ann & Mal Barasch
Kelsey Batchelder
Kate Tabner & Michael Boardman
Peter Boyd
David & Roanne Brodsky
David Brown
Shauna Burgess
Marshall D. & Mary Butler
Evan Cadoff
Janet Carter
Theodore K. Cheng
Peter A. & Mary Jane Cicchino
Dana Cohen
Steven Cole
Mark Colodny
Patricia Corley
Iva M. Creed
Patrick Daugherty
Adrian W. De Wind
Lisa Dempsey
Kristen Deubel
Wendy Doran
Jennifer Dryer
Gladwyn dSouza
Jeremy & Amy Epstein
Jose A. Esteves
Paul Ferrara
Jill Fieldstein
Nora Fitzpatrick
James S. Freeman
Shelley Fuld Nasso
Paul & Jean Funk
Robert Jake Gibbs
Carmen S. Giordano
Charles & Lois Ann Goldsmith
Shahna Gooneratne
Ruth Axelrod & Bill Gottlieb
Nancy & Jonathan Green
Tracey Greeneld
Rachel Grossman
John Gutman
Ann Hagedorn
Mala Ahuja Harker
Randy Hertz
Ian Hironangan
Katherine D. Johnson
Robert L. Johnston
Jeffrey H. Jordan
Jenny Kaufman
Bruce Kaye
Peter & Mary Kaye

Kwin Khanna
Karen S. Lavine & Donald G. Kilpatrick
Kathryn & Alan Klingenstein
Jody & David Kris
Michael Kurtz
Raquiba LaBrie
Lenore Laupheimer
Max Lefer
G. David Lehmann
David Lesser
James & Valerie Levy
John & Helen Liu
Felix Lopez
Joyce Manalo
Robert Mandelbaum
Geraldine Mannion
Michelle Cherande & Michael Martinez
Jennifer & Ian McAllister-Nevins
Scott & Cathy McGraw
Sue Halpern & Bill McKibben
Kelli C. McTaggart
Kirk & Judith Meighan
G.G. Michelson
Simone Monasebian
Christopher Mondini
Jennifer Nevins
Lori Ordover
Janet Page
Laetitia Pasquier
Sapna Patel
Snehal Patel
Chris Pepe
Sherry A. Picker
Brooke Pietrzak
Jennifer Prissel
Janet A. Gochman & Josh Rabinowitz
Marc A. Rivlin
Bethany Robertson
Victoria & Donald J. Rose
Lawrence Rosensweig
Oren Rosenthal
Adam Rosman
Kevin Roth
Nat Sloan & Jinkie Rush
Joan Schmitz
Bob & Lisa Schultz
Ruth & Allen Schwartz
Rahael Seifu
Ann Lewis & Richard Seltzer
Isuru Seneviratne
Barbara & Donald Shack
Charles Silverstein
Michael Martin & Roberta Smith
Jonathan Springer
Stonewall Foundation
Wendy Stryker
Robert L. & Margaret Tortoriello
Jennifer Tosi
Laurel Touby
Karen Trella
Joanna Riesman & Michael Tremonte
Jane Treuhold
Richard Vuernick
Jackie & Josh Weisberg
Bari & Charles Zahn
Richard & Carolyn Ziegler

UNDER $100

Theresa A. Anasti
Elizabeth Arms
Deborah Axt
Robert F. Bacigalupi
Peter Benjaminson
Boris Bershteyn
Kimberly Bliss
Carl Blumenthal
Jason W. Bowman
Evelyn & Jerome Boxer
Wendy Brennan
Eric Broder
Pamela L. & Jeffrey Brown

Jean Richards & Keith Burgess


Karen Chesley
Rodger Citron
Steve Coe
Community Access, Inc.
Karen Dahlstrom
Phil & Yazmin de Imus - Osaki
Benjamin W. Dreyfus
Dorothy M. Ehrlich
Jessica Estes
Andrew N. Fein
Martin Feinberg
Alexander C. Fleiss
Don Friedman
Paula Galowitz
Scott Alan Evans & Liza Gennaro
Adina Gerver
Suzanne Goldberg
Kenia Guerrero
Sarah-Jayne Hall
Malini Handa
Sharon Handler
Emilie Harkin
Carole Harris
Joshua Hersh
Evadne Hodge
Min-An & Chue-Jen Huang
J. Rory Juriako
Alan Paul Katz
Thomas Klein
Tim Button & Nia Krikellas
Matt Lee & Ted Lee
Edwin & Judith S. Leonard
Fred Levine
Sherman M. Li
Yvonne Look
S.J. Lowe
Ellen McDermott
Angus McIntyre
Michael Meade
Sheron Milliner
Eric Moore
Opal R. Muller
Nathan Nebeker
Martin Needelman
Anne Nguyen
David Nuss
Snehal Patel
Alan Pickman
Sara Polonsky & Kunal Pujara
Sophie Raseman
Clara Reiss
Vanessa Richards
Elizabeth A. Richman
Bethany Robertson
Patricia Rockhill
Carla Precht & Albert Rodriguez
Miguelina Rodriguez
Joe Karaganis & Emmanuelle Saade
Michael Sacher
Michael & Tamara Sansbury
Carol Schweizer
David Schweizer
Ann Shalleck
Needhi Sheth
Doris Short
Wendy Slater
Michelle A. Spinelli
Vuka Stricevic
Rosalynn Su
Serge Martinez & Sabrina Su
Aleza Summit
Ronald Tabak
Bernard A. Twomey
Joe Veltri
William Yarrington
Cara M. Zwerling

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U R B A N JUSTICE CENTER STAFF


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Douglas Lasdon
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Ray Brescia
Project Director, UJC Associate Director

Molly Biklen
Staff Attorney

David A. Colodny
Senior Staff Attorney

April Herms
Community Development Coordinator

Carmen Huertas
Staff Attorney

Gowri J. Krishna
Law Graduate

Annie Lai
Law Graduate

Laine Romero-Alston
Director of Research and Policy

Kelly Simmons
Research and Policy Coordinator

Anika Singh

Staff Attorney

John Whitlow
Staff Attorney

Haeyoung Yoon
Staff Attorney

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROJECT


Madeline Garcia Bigelow
Project Director

Anindita Chatterjee Bhaumik


Associate Director of Policy & Communications

Jae Young Kim


Staff Attorney

Vivian Lehrer

HOMELESSNESS OUTREACH
PREVENTION PROJECT
Leslie Annexstein
Project Director

Ernie Collette
Legal Advocate

Kyle Dandelet
Legal Advocate

Alexandra De Shazo
Legal Advocate

Samantha Elkrief
Legal Advocate

Jennifer Magida
Staff Attorney

Gerni Oster
Project Coordinator

Edwin Ortiz
Senior Advocate

Avi Rosenthalis
Legal Advocate

Ami Sanghvi
Staff Attorney

Anna Schwartz
Legal Advocate

Anna Tavis
Legal Advocate

Lynda Tricarico
Legal Advocate

Rebecca Widom
Director of Research

HUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT


Ramona Ortega
Project Director

Ejim Dike
Director of Policy Advocacy

Raymond Ortiz
Paralegal/Brad H. Advocate

Jennifer J. Parish
Director of Criminal Justice Advocacy

Aarti Reddy
Project Coordinator

Joanna Shalleck-Klein
Legal Advocate

Michelle Spinelli
Director of Development

Zach Strassburger
Legal Advocate

PETER CICCHINO YOUTH PROJECT


Susan Hazeldean
Staff Attorney

Anya Mukarji-Connolly
Staff Attorney

SEX WORKERS PROJECT


Juhu Thukral
Project Director

Sapna Patel
Staff Attorney

STREET VENDOR PROJECT


Sean Basinski
Project Director

ADMINISTRATION
Sergio Sandoval
Director of Administration

Josue Figueroa
Receptionist

Thomas Renyak
Systems Administrator

Andrew Shoffner
Controller

Melva Yee

Christine Ortiz

MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT


Bill Lienhard

Staff Social Worker

Project Director

Dina Pilgrim

Elizabeth Betancourt

Director of Social Work

Social Worker

DEVELOPMENT
Michele Rattien

Noderea Reid

Teena Brooks

Hotline Advocate

Community Education Director & Discharge


Planning Advocate

Staff Attorney

Jon-David W. Settell
DoVE Initiative Coordinator

Jonathan Cohen

Danielle Spector

Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney

Gretchen Gonzalez
Staff Attorney

Lisa Ortega
Criminal Justice Organizer

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Benets Administrator & Ofce Manager

Director of Development

Hugh Ryan
Development Associate

The Urban Justice Center has always


depended on a talented and dedicated
group of interns and volunteers who
bring enthusiasm to the ofce, greatly
expanding the scope of our advocacy,
and who assist with virtually every
aspect of our work.

666 Broadway, 10th Floor


New York, NY 10012
646.602.5600
www.urbanjustice.org