What is Right to Counsel:
On August 11, 2017, i n New York City, Right to Counsel was signed into law, mandating universal access to legal representation for low-income tenants. This means that tenants no longer have to fear unjust evictions. This means that tenants no longer have to fear eviction as retaliation for organizing in their buildings or holding their landlords accountable. This means that we have more tools to fight gentrification. This is a victory for all of New York.This landmark agreement sends a strong message to NYC tenants that their lives, homes and communities matter, that the City won’t stand by as they are forced to navigate the courts without representation and that they will be protected. This is a huge step forward towards creating a more equitable and just city.
Our Work on Right to Counsel in NYC & Boston:
As part of our new Media Advocacy Masters Degree, we recently supervised a team of four students in the development of a public awareness campaign that will launch in January, 2019. Our NYC work includes partnering with the NYC RTC Coalition to study the reasons why people are not availing themselves of the new right. We are also collaborating with organizers of the Boston Right to Counsel Coalition by developing a NuLawMap that will highlight personal stories of eviction and displacement, and which will be used to lobby Massachusetts legislators to fund a Massachusetts version of Right to Counsel.