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Chronicles

The Queens Defenders Chronicles is a regularly updated run-down of the variety of events and programs we offer.

Queens Defenders Opens Emergency Food Distribution Center in Far Rockaway

Queens Defenders Community Outreach staff have not slowed down their efforts to respond to the dire need for emergency food assistance for vulnerable residents and families in Queens.

September is National Preparedness Month

Make sure everyone in your family is prepared for disasters: Establish a meeting place that’s familiar and easy to for everyone in your family to find – for example, your church or community center. Fill

Queens Defenders Provides Summer Internship Opportunities for 56 Young People

The Queens Defenders Summer Youth Internship came to a close on Thursday, August 27th. This eight-week internship was created when the status of New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program was cut by 40,000 slots due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the City’s budget.

Queens Defenders Attorneys Go Above and Beyond for their Clients During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Queens Defenders attorneys have not let the pandemic stop them from advocating for their clients. From the moment offices and courts closed in March, our attorneys adjusted to virtual practices and did not skipped a beat.

Queens Defenders Quickly Responds to Police Brutality Incident in The Rockaways

Less than two weeks after Governor Cuomo signed a ban on police use of chokeholds into law, a young Black man was choked unconscious in Rockaway Park.

Queens Defenders Celebrates and Reflects on Juneteenth

Today, Queens Defenders celebrates and reflects on Juneteenth: one hundred and fifty-five years since all people who were enslaved in our country finally learned of their freedom.

Queens Defenders Announces Borough’s First Community Justice Center

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and city-wide closures, the grand opening of the long-awaited Rockaway Community Justice Center looked quite different than planned.

Queens Never Gives Up

Queens Defenders’ motto is “we never give up.” We fight for justice every day for every client to ensure we achieve the best outcomes. The COVID-19 crisis has brought a new urgency to our mission. In light of the significant health risks facing inmates who contract COVID-19, we want to get all our incarcerated clients in New York City correctional facilities released.

Why We Do What We Do

I want to tell you a little bit about Zaire. We met him when he was a high school student In Far Rockaway. Smart as a whip, he lived with his parents, did well in school and had a million friends. He was also involved in some potentially dangerous, illegal activity – which he stopped once he became part of the Rockaway Justice Center programs.

Mike on Top

I met Daniel Roserio, a Queens Defenders attorney, the first time I participated in a Youth Justice court at the Queens Library. At that time, my life was kind of crazy. I was hanging out with the wrong crew, my phone was stolen, and I had decided that was going to be it. I wanted to change my life, make better decisions, get off the wrong path.


Twitter Feeds

Last week, participants in Queens Defenders' Emerging Leaders Program joined activists across the State in calling on lawmakers to pass the #TreatmentNotJails Act.

We join justice orgs across NY to call on legislators to pass #CommunitiesNotCages, which will:
❌ ELIMINATE MANDATORY MINIMUMS
❌ END EXTREME SENTENCING
✅ SUPPORT TRANSFORMATION
❤️ And bring our moms & kids home!

Let lawmakers know you support CNC at http://bit.ly/CNCNY

This #MothersDay join Mothers across New York in advocating for young New Yorkers to have the same rights as every American -- the right to an attorney when being questioned by the police.

GREAT NEWS--the #Right2RemainSilent Youth Interrogation bill passed through the Assembly Codes committee, referring it to Ways & Means!

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