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Community Organizations & Advocacy Groups

Advocates for Children of New York (AFC)

Advocates for Children of New York is " dedicated exclusively to protecting every child’s right to an education, focusing on students from low-income backgrounds who are struggling in school or experiencing school discrimination of any kind."

Atlas DIY

Atlas DIY works on "Collaborating with young people to provide direct services in legal, educational, career and life skills realms, 2) Developing young people's individual strengths and encouraging them to become community agents through a cooperative model and 3) Constructing an online hub of legal information and self‑advocacy tools that youth across the United States can easily access and understand."

New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)

The New York Immigration Coalition "aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all.  The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities."

New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)

​The NYCLU  mission "is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the New York Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, and the right to privacy, equality and due process of law for all New Yorkers"

Long Island Advocacy Center (LIAC)

The Long Island Advocacy Center "is a private non-for-profit agency dedicated to protecting the legal rights of students and individuals with disabilities." 

Empire Justice Center

The Empire Justice Center mission is  "to protect and strengthen the legal rights of people in New York State who are poor, disabled or disenfranchised through: systems change advocacy, training and support to other advocates and organizations, and high quality direct civil legal representation."