New York: The New York Bar Foundation recently presented a grant of $4,500 to the Legal Action Center to support our New York Sealing and Voting Project. Paul Samuels, Director and President of the Legal Action Center says “We are tremendously appreciative of the New York Bar Foundation’s support of this critical project, which takes advantage of a new law to help New Yorkers seal certain criminal convictions,.” He adds “People should have the opportunity to move forward with their lives without the ongoing burden of harmful collateral consequences. The Foundation’s support will enable LAC to help countless New Yorkers reduce barriers to employment, housing, education and other critical needs.”
In addition to developing resources for New Yorkers about how to have certain convictions sealed under the new law, the Legal Action Center will create materials on the voting rights of residents with criminal records so that they are informed about their eligibility to participate in representative democracy. LAC thanks The New York Bar Foundation for their ongoing support of this critically important work which will help countless New Yorkers to more fully participate in society after they have completed their sentences.
The New York Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organizations, is the charitable arm of the New York State Bar Association. Established in 1950, the Foundation is dedicated to aiding charitable and educational projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and the legal profession. New York Bar Foundation grants assist in: increasing public understanding of the law, improving the justice system and the law, facilitating the delivery of legal services, and/or enhancing professional competence and ethics.
Established in 1973, the Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.