Advocacy Programsserving residents of New York City
Advocating for someone's personal needs can be difficult and sometimes impossible. helpNYC is maintaining a list of Advocacy Organizations and Legal Clinics that can help people get help in difficult situations.
If you know of a program or organization that is not listed please use our Listing Suggestion Form to let us know about the program or organization you know about.
The New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) is an independent agency. It is empowered to receive, investigate, mediate, hear, make findings, and recommend action on complaints against New York City police officers alleging the use of excessive or unnecessary force, abuse of authority, discourtesy, or the use of offensive language. The Board’s investigative staff, composed entirely of civilian employees, conducts investigations in an impartial fashion. The Board forwards its findings to the police commissioner.
The Coalition of Institutionalized Aged and Disabled (CIAD) is a non-profit, grassroots organization run by and for adult home and nursing home residents and resident councils. Established in 1973 to bring pride, purpose and self-determination to residents of long term care institutions, CIAD is dedicated to protecting the rights of residents and improving the quality of their life and care.
Disability Rights New York
725 Broadway, Suite 450Albany, New York 12207
518.432.7861 main800.993.8982 toll-free518.512.3448 TTY518.427.6561 fax
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New York City Office:25 Chapel Street, Suite 1005Brooklyn, New York 11201
Western New York State Office:44 Exchange Blvd, Suite 110Rochester, New York 14614
DRNY is the Protection & Advocacy System and Client Assistance Program for persons with disabilities in New York State. DRNY advocates for the civil and legal rights for New Yorkers with disabilities.
Programs include:Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access (PAVA)Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT)Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI)The Client Assistance Program (CAP)Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR)Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI)Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PADD)
LawHelpNY.org, powered by Pro Bono Net, is an online tool for helping low-income New Yorkers solve their legal problems. Their mission is to provide and promote access to high-quality online information about free legal services throughout New York State and legal rights in a broad range of substantive areas.
They list advocacy groups, government offices, and social service organizations that help low-income New Yorkers.
Information is available in English, Spanish and other languages.
Focused on the greater New York metropolitan area, LeGaL is dedicated to improving the administration of the law, ensuring full equality for members of the LGBT community, promoting the expertise and advancement of LGBT legal professionals, and serving the larger community.
The LGBT Bar provides several walk-in legal clinics. Click here for current clinic locations and hours.
Mobilization for Justice, formerly MFY Legal Services, offers free legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers throughout New York City to resolve legal problems in the areas of housing; foreclosure; civil, disability and aging rights; bankruptcy, tax, consumer, employment, government benefits, immigration, and kinship care. Through these services we prevent homelessness, help seniors and people with disabilities live independently, stabilize families, maintain and increase income, and address racial disparities.
*Mobilization for Justice provides several issue based walk-in clinics. Please contact them for more information.