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Causes: Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Protection Against Abuse, Public Interest Law, Women, Womens Service Clubs

Mission: Her Justice stands with women living in poverty in New York City by recruiting and mentoring volunteer lawyers to provide free legal help to address individual and systemic legal barriers.

Results: Last year, Her Justice secured life-changing results for over 9,000 women and children in New York City.

Target demographics: Women living in poverty and their children

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 9,000 women and their children

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: critical legal protections to help them transform their lives

Community Stories

127 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an abuse spouse I learnt about Her justice I contacted them immediately from my first meeting I started to feel hopefull.the entire staff are well trained ,friendly they are caring and most of all patient and professional especially the attorney that was assigned to me I might not have space to tell of the goodness of Her justice but I encourage everyone who is suffering abuse please reach out to these people they will help you what ever your abuse is speak with someone at Her justice I got my help from them today I am free from abuse and I regain my independence.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Her Justice is an incredible organization and resource for women, many of whom have nowhere else to turn. The attorneys are knowledgeable and committed to helping their clients take control over the most difficult of situations and achieving favorable outcomes in court.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with Her Justice as a volunteer attorney on a few matters (divorce, i-360), and it has been a great experience working with the organization. They provide very detailed training/education on the relevant matters (topics that were unfamiliar to me initially) and have provided a lot of guidance. Her Justice attorneys were always very prompt and helpful in response to my many questions. I look forward to working with them more in the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While working as a big law attorney, I did pro bono work with Her Justice on several VAWA immigration cases. It was a wonderful experience to work alongside the dedicated Her Justice attorneys, who while very busy themselves, always take time to field questions and walk volunteer attorneys through various immigration processes and issues. On the client side, it is so gratifying to assist the Her Justice clients throughout the immigration process, to get to know them (and their families), and to witness their lives changing for the better as a result!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Her Justice is truly a remarkable organization whose work literally impacts lives from the moment the phone is answered until they are able to find a solution for eligible clients. Each and every attorney goes above and beyond for clients experiencing some of life's most difficult challenges. Too often do their attorneys have to balance advising clients while lending emotional support and finding resources to address much more than a client's legal issues (like homelessness, DV issues, food stability, etc.). All of this work is done with grace and tenacity that helps empower the women they serve.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The folks at Her Justice are so committed to the organization’s mission. They help women in need and empower those who have been disenfranchised by providing unparalleled access and service.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Her Justice is an amazing non profit. I joined the staff in October 2016 as part of the development team. I sat in an area with the legal assistants and was in awe of how kind and patient they were with our clients and also how many languages they spoke! Hearing my colleagues passion and commitment to our clients was always inspiring. I also loved hearing from some of our former clients about how thankful they were and all they overcame during a partnership we did with the Moth. And I got to know a handful of the clients that would volunteer at events. Women living in poverty in NYC need legal help and the staff and volunteer attorneys at Her Justice are doing a top notch job. It's a great non profit and if you, dear reader, are in a position to donate the women they serve would greatly benefit. I left this past February for a different kind of job but Her Justice will always have a special place in my heart!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served as pro bono outside counsel for clients screened by Her Justice for over a decade. Her Justice interviews and screens the clients and gathers essential documents to kick the matter off and then provides support and mentoring throughout the life of the matter. They work hard to match the client and firm and to support the matter as it progresses through the courts. They are responsive to questions and incredibly knowledgeable on many areas of family law.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Her Justice has top rate attorneys working with clients from low income communities all over NYC. As a legal volunteer, I am able to assist clients on a pro bono basis because I am well trained and mentored by the Her Justice staff. This is an excellent and well organized nonprofit.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The best nonprofit out there for this work! Wonderful people with a wealth of knowledge and resources, allowing them to help their clients in all aspects of their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a pro bono attorney and have had many indigent clients referred to me by Her Justice. Her Justice staff attorneys provided excellent training and ongoing mentoring to me and many other lawyers at my law firm. They are very knowledgeable, and always responsive and helpful. They review all of our papers before we submit them. It is a pleasure working with Her Justice!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Her Justice for nearly seven years as a pro bono attorney, and it is thanks to that work that I can consider myself an immigration lawyer. The pro bono coordination and support from Her Justice has been uniformly excellent and I have seen it make the difference over and over to get my clients immigration status, child support, reunion with family members, and freedom from detention and intrusive ankle monitors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Her Justice is a wonderful environment for volunteers. The training process for their volunteer part-time legal intake hotline was smooth, efficient, and friendly. The legal assistants were all sure to provide extra help and insight when necessary, especially for those with no legal experience. Also, Margie Bechara, Managing Attorney, is a true gem! She expertly coordinated and guided all volunteers during hotline hours. I found her to be transparent and thorough in a way that kept this hotline running like a well-oiled machine. Did I mention she is a gem?! A gem! I must also shoutout Mary O'Shaughnessy, Director of Information Services, who is always quick to help when phone lines or computers were acting up. I highly recommend Her Justice because their work is so positive and so is their workplace too!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with Her Justice for a summer and worked primarily with the immigration team. Her Justice is filled with caring professionals who are extremely dedicated to the work they do. They work not only to empower and change the lives of individual clients but to change the circumstances of the community as a whole. The entire team works well together and ensures that the client is welcome and well accommodated. They are also dedicated to teaching the interns the ins and outs of the work they do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

i had a great experience as an attorney at her justice.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HerJustice is an amazing nonprofit that helped me to develop administrative skills as an intern and allowed me multiple opportunities to go on court runs and assist other staff with projects. The office was welcoming and the work they do here is truly beautiful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing nonprofit! Great work environment filled with people dedicated to the work they're doing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In a fraught time for the legal profession, Her Justice stands out as an excellent organization with brilliant, dedicated, and creative legal professionals serving New Yorker women living in poverty in the areas of family, matrimonial, and immigration law. As a volunteer legal intern, I was privileged to make a difference on a weekly basis by putting women in contact with an attorney to discuss their legal needs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked as an intern at Her Justice. Everyone I worked with was kind and extremely smart. The attorneys and staff at Her Justice work hard to put the clients first.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Her Justice listened to me when I had no one to lean on!
They care...

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough about Her Justice and the vital role this nonprofit plays in society. I’ve watched lives been transformed by the work they do; my experience has been one of pure excellency.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Her Justice as part of a legal externship program since May 2018. Throughout my time at Her Justice, I have been continually impressed with the dedication and drive of every Her Justice employee. The organization's clients often come to Her Justice facing difficult legal problems for which there are no easy answers. The Her Justice attorneys and staff use their years of expertise to come up with creative solutions and advocacy strategies to what often seem like insurmountable problems, and empower their clients in the process. It has been a privilege to witness the amazing changes that the skilled Her Justice advocates bring to the lives of their clients, and I look forward to many more years of continued pro bono work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Her Justice was the response of my prayer. There I met lovely and wonderful workers who assisted me when I was hopeless after fled to my husband’s apartment. My son and I were alone with any family. We found love and family at Her Justice.
❤️ Her Justice ❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Her Justice does incredibly challenging and important work. Not only are the in house attorneys skilled and devoted to their clients, Her Justice works to connect caring pro bono attorneys at large law firms with the very deserving clients they serve. In my work for Her Justice clients, I have found just how intractable divorce and family law problems can seem. Her Justice works to guide clients through the labyrinth of the legal system and to get life changing results. I am proud to have worked for this talented and empathetic team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a true pleasure and honor to work with Her Justice and their incredible team. I have worked with Her Justice as a pro bono attorney for the past 5 years and have had the opportunity to meet amazing clients, learn a great deal about family and immigration law and make a difference in clients' lives. I have always felt supported by Her Justice's attorneys and staff every step of the way. My supervising attorneys have been a wealth of knowledge and experience. I look forward to continuing to work with Her Justice on cases in the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

It has been an honor to support the efforts of Her Justice as they deliver free legal representation for the most vulnerable women in our community. Specifically, survivors of domestic abuse are usually among those with the extremely limited resources and are most in need of an advocate. Her Justice helps shepherd them through the legal system which
would otherwise be an impossible obstacle course.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Her Justice! It helped me get the help I needed and I am so grateful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am working, as a pro bono volunteer attorney, with Her Justice on proceedings to obtain an order of protection for a victim of domestic violence. My Her Justice contact has been exceptional. She is not only extremely knowledgeable on the applicable law, but very happy to give guidance and dedicated--even calling in from the beach to discuss the case.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern at Her Justice for the summer and the opportunity to be able to work with such talented and passionate legal staff was priceless. The legal staff consistently strove to provide the best services for their clients. It was incredible to be able to see the impact of the legal work done here on the lives of countless women in New York. Her Justice is a phenomenal community to be a part of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked at Her Justice as a summer legal intern and could not have been happier with my experience. The staff attorneys and legal assistants provided unmatched guidance based on their expertise in the area. I was given the opportunity to draft papers, as well as meet with clients and attend court. Providing some of the most vulnerable people in our city with legal assistance was so rewarding. I would highly recommend Her Justice to clients, as well as volunteers!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just finished a 6-month legal externship at Her Justice, and words do not do justice to the wonderful individuals at this organization. The staff attorneys are exceptional, and their level of devotion of time, energy, empathy, and legal expertise to countless clients is truly unparalleled. Her Justice humanizes its clients, giving these women--and their children--the time and attention they need to feel heard and advocated for. I count myself lucky to have worked at HJ, and I look forward to continuing my pro bono work with them for many years. Thank you, Her Justice!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer attorney with Her Justice. Working with Her Justice was my first pro bono experience. I was concerned that I had no prior experience working with victims of domestic violence or working on an immigration matter, but I got all of the support I needed from the organization. The Her Justice attorney who served as my mentor provided training and was always available to answer any questions I had and to review my work. I've seen firsthand the great work that they do and I'm happily taking on my second case with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the last six months, I have served as an extern at Her Justice providing pro bono legal representation to women involved in highly contested custody, child support, and divorce matters. My experience at Her Justice has been nothing short of amazing! Every day, I witness how the work of Her Justice positively impacts the lives of women and children throughout New York City. I am incredibly thankful that I had the opportunity to serve such incredible clients at Her Justice, and look forward to continuing to represent Her Justice clients as a volunteer pro bono attorney.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Her Justice first as a law student intern 15 years ago, then as a law firm associate doing pro bono cases for Her Justice-referred clients, then as a member of Her Justice's Junior Advisory Board, and now in the legal department of a large corporation overseeing a thriving relationship with Her Justice as a pro bono partner.

I've been inspired at every turn, from each of these different vantage points, by the urgent dedication of Her Justice staff and board members to their mission of supporting and empowering women to change their lives, and by the professionalism with which they’ve supported and equipped so many of us to be a part of this important work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Her Justice helped me a lot and keeps giving me the opportunity to have time for myself. Her Justice provided me with caring and attentive attorneys. I am very thankful to the people who make Her Justice possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had knocked on many organizations' doors and nobody was able to assist me until I came to Her Justice. This organization not only provided me with legal assistance, but also with moral support; I felt secure and comfortable throughout the process. After I came in contact with Her Justice, my life had a new beginning. I feel secure of who I am and with that I can continue my life and be children's support. I am thankful to God for putting Her Justice in my way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was one of the best experience in my life because her justice gave me a lot of support in a very hard moment in my life, i felt alone before of this, now my life really changes for a better. I am really greatfull that I got the support from this wonderful organization

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an attorney at a large law firm and worked with Her Justice on two pro bono cases for women petitioning for immigration status in the United States under the Violence Against Women Act. The Her Justice team, particularly Susanna Saul, provided amazing support and guidance for our pro bono team and our clients as we navigated this emotionally and intellectually challenging area of law. I also had the opportunity to participate in the Story by Story climb, which was an exhilarating event (though my asthma got the best of me). I strongly encourage others to get involved with this organization through volunteering, internships or donations!

Client Served

Rating: 5


On a scale of 1-5, I would give Her Justice a 10! I was going through a very difficult time in life, as an undocumented individual with a newborn, and was lost and I didn’t know what to do. I was legally married and needed help with all figuring out custody, support and my divorce, and as a 20 year old, I really needed guidance. I was connected with Her Justice (In-Motion at the time) and from there Her Justice really took care of me. Laura, my attorney for custody, child support and my divorce, supported me not only legally, but by taking the time to sit and just wait with me through the whole process. She wasn’t like someone just being paid to be there, but really was making sure she made the best efforts decision for me and my child. I was also in college and scared about my status, and Her Justice assisted me with my immigration options. The only reason I’m prospering in this country with my child is because of the support of Her Justice.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered through Her Justice to assist with a divorce matter and a U-visa application. Both experiences have been a wonderful opportunity to help women in need while learning a new area of the law. Her Justice is an amazing organization that guides volunteers through every step of the process.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with Her Justice a little less than a year ago helping out as a translator on a U-Visa case. It was a super rewarding experience to help break down some of the language barriers and to be able to make a really uncomfortable situation for someone a little more comfortable.

Her Justice helped to make the U-Visa process really smooth by always answering our questions quickly (usually under 24 hours) and thoroughly.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work I recently did with Her Justice as a volunteer was really eye opening and gratifying. The team was so professional and responsive, we were able to work through the complexities of the process to really help a client in need. Thanks for all you do! I will be happy to continue to support your great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved volunteering for Her Justice roughly a year ago and it has been an amazing and rewarding experience. Her Justice gives a voice to those who cannot be heard. Her Justice succeeds by promoting hope and strength in unity in the face of fear and oppression. Their tireless efforts let people know they are not alone.

Henry Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I finished up a yearlong fellowship at working at Her Justice a few months ago, and it was beyond a doubt one of the best decisions I ever made. All the staff are go above and beyond in their commitment to helping as many clients as they are able, whether it is through direct client service, fundraising and development, or keeping the organization operating on a daily basis. Especially in these turbulent times, the work Her Justice does is more important than ever, and I could not be more grateful for the opportunity. The only thing I wish was different was that I could have stayed there longer - keep fighting the good fight HJ!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Her Justice as a development intern in my junior year of college. This organization went above and beyond in everything that was done to serve their clients. It was heart-warming being apart of the organizations Story By Story climb. So much effort was put into this event to portray what their clients deal with on a daily basis.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as a legal intern at Her Justice this summer and cannot say enough wonderful things about this organization. It is managed well, the attorneys are amazingly competent, and the amount of clients they are able to provide quality legal assistance is truly impressive. I will continue to support this organization and hopefully work with them and their clients in some capacity when I am an attorney.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Her Justice helps rewrite the narrative so that a child doesn't have to grow up in a violent home, so that a woman has the power to regain her sense of self. Her Justice does this daily, story by story. I am proud to support the organization, its annual stair climb, and its amazing staff that work tirelessly to make new stories possible for women and children in NYC. Her Justice

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Her Justice is an amazing organization that helps women and families who are in need of urgent legal advice. It truly redeems lives, and I whole heartedly support it.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

When women and children are in abusive situations with no help in sight, Her Justice is the shelter from the storm. Excellent work!!

1 Wendee C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Her Justice completely changed the trajectory of our lives. Their advocacy and legal expertise made a powerful financial and emotional impact in our lives. My daughter was 3 years old when they stepped in to help us and now she's a Biology major (with a double minor in French & Chinese) at Cornell University. NONE of that would have been possible without the custody and support agreement they secured for her. Thank you Her Justice!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an extern at Her Justice and have done pro bono work with Her Justice prior to being an extern. I continue to be extremely impressed with the sheer amount of great work that Her Justice accomplishes on a daily basis, by making sure that women in desperate need of quality representation have first-rate legal representation. The clients are inspiring, and the staff is knowledgeable, kind, and relentless in the pursuit of justice. A fantastic organization.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently an extern at Her Justice and, during my time here, I have consistently been impressed by the high quality legal services that Her Justice provides to women who otherwise would not have access to justice. That Her Justice and its staff members truly care about and are dedicated to their clients is evident in everything they do, from client counseling to advocacy at court and each step in between.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Her Justice has raised my awareness regarding key issues faced by women who are victims of domestic violence. I am very impressed by the support Her Justice provides to help families victims of abuse. I am inspired by their commitment to fight for the rights of women and raise awareness about this critical issue. This is a great organization and this is why I offer them my full support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an extern at Her Justice and it is a truly wonderful place--the staff are dedicated, hard-working, incredibly warm people. They do important work on behalf of women who need it and are always striving to do and be better.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to Her Justice for several years. They provide invaluable legal services to women and children in need. They provide excellent training to volunteer lawyer in order to leverage the skills of their broad base of talent. They have improved the lives of many New Yorkers who otherwise could not have afforded critical legal services.

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Donor

Rating: 5

An outstanding organization that empowers women and children every single day through its robust advocacy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to be an extern at Her Justice where I was able to witness the amazing work this organization does. Her Justice provides high-quality legal services to its clients with care and compassion in recognition of the difficult circumstances that many of the clients are facing. The attorneys are incredibly knowledgeable about their practice areas and are powerful advocates on behalf of their clients. Externing at Her Justice was incredibly rewarding and I look forward to working with the organization in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Her Justice's model of providing the organizational structure to match women who need legal assistance with large firms that want pro bono cases is incredibly efficient and benefits both the clients and the firms.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization does amazing work. The stories of the people they've helped are inspiring. They have an excellent, knowledgeable, and hardworking staff. They're helping raise the bar on helping those in need of legal assistance.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Her Justice for over a decade. I have volunteered on a number of their cases, worked closely with the organization on some of their development initiatives and attended many of their events. I am continually impressed by the high level of professionalism and compassion shown by Her Justice staff members and volunteers. I have donated financially to Her Justice many times over the years and have also been so inspired by the organization that I have many times asked my friends, family and colleagues to donate financially as well. I believe strongly in the mission of the organization and also have utmost trust and confidence in how Her Justice is living out that mission.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am inspired by the work this organization does and what they accomplish for their clients.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a huge fan of Her Justice. They do amazing work for the women of New York and I am incredibly proud to have worked with them. The Her Justice staff members are knowledgeable, talented, and supportive. A truly great organization!

Donor

Rating: 4

Her Justice is an incredible organization, with a top-notch staff! With such an amazing and knowledgeable staff, it is truly a pleasure being able to support such a group that does such tremendous work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Her Justice is a wonderful pro bono organization. Attorneys volunteer from the top law firms to provide legal services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. The results are life-changing not only for the clients, but also for the attorney volunteers. The staff members are highly knowledgeable about the relevant law and very supportive and responsive.