Crime, Legal Related

Mobilization for Justice, Inc.

Quick Facts

aka MFJ

New York, NY

Mission

Mobilization for Justice envisions a society in which there is equal justice for all. Mobilization for Justice’s 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.

Ruling Year

1969

Principal Officer

Ms. Jeanette Zelhof

Main Address

Main Office: 100 William Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10038 Bronx Office: 424 East 147th Street, 3rd Floor, Bronx, NY 10455

New York, NY 00000 USA

Keywords

legal services, children, families, kinship care,immigration, mental health, nursing homes, seniors, adult homes, foreclosure, bankruptcy, benefits, re-entry, taxpayer, consumer rights, housing,

EIN

13-2622748

 Number

2211439341

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Legal Services (I80)

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Mobilization for Justice works to promote positive change and justice by providing free civil legal services to poor and working-poor New Yorkers focusing on four key practice areas: Housing; Economic Justice; Disability and Aging Rights; and Children's Rights. Within those practice areas, there are several legal projects, which respectively include: housing and foreclosure, including eviction defense, improving housing conditions, protecting tenants against harassment, and defending foreclosure actions; consumer, bankruptcy, tax and re-entry matters; a variety of legal issues faced by older people and people with mental health and physical disabilities; government benefits and immigration law; and legal issues that kinship caregivers and parents of children with disabilities face, such as special education needs.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

DISABILITY AND AGING RIGHTS

ECONOMIC JUSTICE PROJECT

HOUSING PROJECT

Where we work

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Mobilization for Justice’s 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.

Mobilization for Justice employs the following strategies to achieve its mission: 1. Provide the highest quality direct civil legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers for free. 2. Conduct community education and build partnerships to support communities. 3. Engage in legislative and public advocacy and bring impact litigation, including class action lawsuits.

Mobilization for Justice’s greatest resource is its professional staff of attorneys, paralegals, social workers, support staff, administrators, and volunteers who are highly experienced and trained in providing service to our clients in a culturally competent manner. We recruit and retain a highly-qualified and diverse staff. A significant number of staff speak languages in addition to English. We have in-house interpretation capacity in Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, and several Chinese dialects. We provide ongoing training and professional development to staff and volunteers, including training on cultural competency, diversity, sexual harassment and other issues. Mobilization for Justice has an active and involved Board of Directors, comprised of attorneys and others from the private sector, representatives of academia, and former client members.

Mobilization for Justice evaluates its work using quantitative and qualitative measures. Each practice area has goals regarding the number of people to be served and expected outcomes, as well as goals for community education and policy advocacy. Our work is regularly evaluated by government funders and we have received consistently high ratings for fulfilling requirements of government contracts. In addition, we report regularly to our Board of Directors on progress toward meeting goals and submit written reports to private foundation funders detailing our progress.

Mobilization for Justice has a long, storied history with many accomplishments. Mobilization for Justice (formerly MFY Legal Services) began as the legal arm of Mobilization for Youth, a community-based anti-poverty program founded in 1962. MFY Legal Services was incorporated in 1968 as an independent legal services organization. Within a short time of being incorporated, its model became the prototype for hundreds of community-based legal services programs both locally and nationwide. By our 25th anniversary in 1993, we were recognized in the legal community as a national leader in poverty law, having served tens of thousands of low income New Yorkers. We won numerous test cases that have positively impacted the lives of low-income individuals and families. To better reflect the expanded scope of our work while honoring our roots, in 2017 we changed our name to Mobilization for Justice. Most recently, Mobilization for Justice launched its first office in the Bronx, serving one of the poorest communities in the country and a borough where 37% of the total Bronx population are immigrants. In addition, since 2018, MFJ expanded its Children’s Rights work by merging with the Partnership for Children’s Right. We also expanded our Children’s Medical-Legal Partnership, a unique program which, since 2014, has been addressing the special education needs and other social determinants of health of low-income children with disabilities through collaborations with four New York City Health + Hospitals Corporation hospitals – Bellevue and Harlem Hospital Centers in Manhattan, Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, and Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. Some of Mobilization for Justice’s successes during 2019 are that we: • Expanded our immigration work in response to desperate need for lawyers to help immigrants without status. • Preserved safe and affordable housing for thousands of poor residents in the Bronx under the new NYC Universal Access to Counsel Program. • Expanded our work on behalf of older New Yorkers to assist nursing home residents being illegally discharged to homeless shelters. • Expanded our work on behalf of children in need of education supports to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. Please read Mobilization for Justice’s 2019 annual report for additional details on our victories and successes during the year http://mobilizationforjustice.org/about/annual-reports/.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), case management notes.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: our staff, our board, our funders.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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