Legal Assistance

"It may seem like a small thing, but to finally be in a place where people celebrate your presence – and don't pass judgment – is enough to make you feel like a genuine human being."

—Demetrius Johnson - Lawyers for Children


In New York City, 99% of tenants enter eviction proceedings without the benefit of legal counsel. Over 90% of parents fighting for child support do so without representation in family court. Lawyers make all the difference for someone in need. Their help can mean a family stays in their home when threatened by an unscrupulous landlord, teens don't end up in the prison system, and families aren't torn apart by deportation. Yet too many New Yorkers don’t have the support of an attorney when they are forced to fight for their basic rights in court.


Our grants serve over 50,000 New Yorkers each year, including more than 7,000 veterans. Last year alone, Robin Hood-funded attorneys helped prevent more than 4,400 evictions, represented 800 child refugees seeking asylum, and kept over 500 teens from going back to jail.


  • Ali Forney Center
  • Andrew Glover Youth Program
  • City Bar Justice Center
  • Bronx Defenders
  • Center for Court Innovation
  • Child Center of New York
  • The Family Center
  • Hetrick Martin Institute
  • Immigrant Justice Corps
  • Lawyers for Children
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Legal Services NYC
  • Mayor's Fund – Family Justice Centers
  • Minkwon
  • New Economy Project
  • New York Foundling
  • New York Legal Assistance Group
  • Sanctuary for Families
  • Safe Horizon - Streetwork
  • South Brooklyn Legal Services
  • The Door
  • Unaccompanied Minors Project (The Door, Make the Road New York, Legal Aid Society, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and Safe Passage Project)
  • Urban Justice Center