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

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.

Runway to Success

Most fashion shows aim to showcase high-end merchandise worn by willowy girls. “Hour Fashion Night,” an event organized by Johanna Flores, Employment Coordinator at Hour Working Women Program (HWWP) and sponsored by Queens Defenders (QD), turned that concept inside out by featuring real women in affordable clothing.

Justice 456

Understanding the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment rights is critical for black and brown people, especially adolescents and young adults. Queens Defenders is launching Justice 456, an educational tour of schools, community centers, churches, and other community venues. We want to teach those most at risk of a wrongful conviction how to protect themselves.

The Messenger

In 2012 I was just another teenager looking for answers. What would my life be in 5 years? Things began to take a turn that year. I was 17 years old and a junior at Grover Cleveland High School.

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There is still time to join us this #GivingTuesday and support the Queens Defenders Food Justice Initiative!


Donate to the Queens Defenders Food Justice Initiative this #GivingTuesday and help us feed hundreds of vulnerable Queens residents and families.


To close our RJ Week, we are highlighting the Queens Defenders Community Court – the first of its kind court alternative delivered in partnership with the Office of Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

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