FORMERLY Queens Law Associates

For legal help, call 1-844-QUEENSD (1-844-783-3673)

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Prevention is always the best defense. Queens Defenders is dedicated to supporting the Queens community with education, programs, and advocacy that maximize opportunities for positive life changes and minimize legal issues.

Adults
Programs and workshops for adults include Know Your Rights presentations on immigration, constitutional protections, and housing. At our Rockaway Justice Center, we offer weekly support groups for men and women. We also work with parents who need assistance in managing their children’s school-related needs.

Youth
We provide services that help young people focus on their futures and minimize their involvement in the criminal justice system.

Youth Justice Court
As an alternative to suspension, criminal and family court appearances, and potential violations of probations, youth who commit low-level infractions can appear in Youth Justice Court (YJC). There they are tried and judged by students trained as judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and juries. Through this restorative justice approach, youthful offenders gain a clear understanding of the impact of their actions, take responsibility, and make amends.

When the jury finds the youth guilty, it hands down a consequence and once completed, the youth’s case is dismissed. Consequences may include apologies to the victim and their family, participation in mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, and community service that builds on the youth’s strengths and interests.

The YJC participants become peer leaders, learn about the criminal justice system, and frequently go on to pursue careers in criminal justice and law.

Queens Defenders holds youth justice courts in four Rockaway schools as well as at our Justice Centers.

Programs

Mentoring and Internships:
We empower young people to develop skills, share knowledge, learn empathy and communication, and gain paid work experience. Professional and leadership development are offered as well.

Services that impact families’ quality of life:

  • Processing return on bench warrants​
  • Sealing criminal convictions​
  • Presenting “Know Your Rights” workshops​
  • Accompanying clients to HPD/NYCHA/Social Security Administrative Hearings​
  • Mediating landlord/tenant disputes​
  • Managing parking tickets​
  • Legal consultation and referrals​
  • Small Claims Court assistance
  • Annual Thanksgiving food drive
  • Holiday toy drive for families dealing with domestic violence
  • Hosting annual community events and fun days
  • Consulting with Tenant Associations​ and Section 8 tenants

Community Workshops and Presentations:

  • “Know Your Rights”
  • Healthy Relationships and Dating Violence
  • Career Readiness
  • College Readiness
  • Financial Literacy

Partnerships

Among Queens Defenders’ social services program partners are several schools where we deliver classes on career and college readiness, and civil and criminal law. We also organize violence prevention assemblies and lead restorative justice circles to prevent suspensions.

Queens Defenders works closely with the 100, 101, 103 and 105 NYPD precincts, building mutual trust and understanding between officers and youth through athletic leagues, fun day events, games, and other activities. Precincts routinely refer low-level young offenders to us for diversion programs to keep them out of the criminal justice system.

We are a member of the Far Rockaway/Arverne Nonprofit Coalition (FRANC), a collective of organizations serving the Rockaways.

St. John’s Residence for Boys

Queens Defenders works closely with staff at St. John’s Residency for Boys to support family reunification, providing free legal, housing and immigration services onsite. We also deliver a range of recreation and education services including “Know Your Rights” workshops, “Career Readiness,” yoga, and creative writing.

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YOUTH JUSTICE COURT: WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

Youth Justice Court provides excellent opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills and learn about the criminal justice system. Any high school or middle school student in Queens can become trained to become a peer judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, or jury member.

For information, contact us. Or, call Queens Defenders at (718) 261-3047.

To enroll in the program, candidates will need to complete the following forms and mail them to Queens Defenders:

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Prevention is always the best defense. Queens Defenders is dedicated to supporting the Queens community with education, programs, and advocacy that maximize opportunities for positive life changes and minimize legal issues.

Adults
Programs and workshops for adults include Know Your Rights presentations on immigration, constitutional protections, and housing. At our Rockaway Justice Center, we offer weekly support groups for men and women. We also work with parents who need assistance in managing their children’s school-related needs.

Youth
We provide services that help young people focus on their futures and minimize their involvement in the criminal justice system.

Youth Justice Court
As an alternative to suspension, criminal and family court appearances, and potential violations of probations, youth who commit low-level infractions can appear in Youth Justice Court (YJC). There they are tried and judged by students trained as judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and juries. Through this restorative justice approach, youthful offenders gain a clear understanding of the impact of their actions, take responsibility, and make amends.

When the jury finds the youth guilty, it hands down a consequence and once completed, the youth’s case is dismissed. Consequences may include apologies to the victim and their family, participation in mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, and community service that builds on the youth’s strengths and interests.

The YJC participants become peer leaders, learn about the criminal justice system, and frequently go on to pursue careers in criminal justice and law.

Queens Defenders holds youth justice courts in four Rockaway schools as well as at our Justice Centers.

Programs

Mentoring and Internships:
We empower young people to develop skills, share knowledge, learn empathy and communication, and gain paid work experience. Professional and leadership development are offered as well.

Services that impact families’ quality of life:

  • Processing return on bench warrants​
  • Sealing criminal convictions​
  • Presenting “Know Your Rights” workshops​
  • Accompanying clients to HPD/NYCHA/Social Security Administrative Hearings​
  • Mediating landlord/tenant disputes​
  • Managing parking tickets​
  • Legal consultation and referrals​
  • Small Claims Court assistance
  • Annual Thanksgiving food drive
  • Holiday toy drive for families dealing with domestic violence
  • Hosting annual community events and fun days
  • Consulting with Tenant Associations​ and Section 8 tenants

Community Workshops and Presentations:

  • “Know Your Rights”
  • Healthy Relationships and Dating Violence
  • Career Readiness
  • College Readiness
  • Financial Literacy

Partnerships

Among Queens Defenders’ social services program partners are several schools where we deliver classes on career and college readiness, and civil and criminal law. We also organize violence prevention assemblies and lead restorative justice circles to prevent suspensions.

Queens Defenders works closely with the 100, 101, 103 and 105 NYPD precincts, building mutual trust and understanding between officers and youth through athletic leagues, fun day events, games, and other activities. Precincts routinely refer low-level young offenders to us for diversion programs to keep them out of the criminal justice system.

We are a member of the Far Rockaway/Arverne Nonprofit Coalition (FRANC), a collective of organizations serving the Rockaways.

St. John’s Residence for Boys

Queens Defenders works closely with staff at St. John’s Residency for Boys to support family reunification, providing free legal, housing and immigration services onsite. We also deliver a range of recreation and education services including “Know Your Rights” workshops, “Career Readiness,” yoga, and creative writing.

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

YOUTH JUSTICE COURT: WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

Youth Justice Court provides excellent opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills and learn about the criminal justice system. Any high school or middle school student in Queens can become trained to become a peer judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, or jury member.

For information, contact us. Or, call Queens Defenders at (718) 261-3047.

To enroll in the program, candidates will need to complete the following forms and mail them to Queens Defenders: