Special Projects

QLA COMMUNITY SUCCESS INITIATIVE

QLA strives to empower Queens neighborhoods through positive community action by building relationships to bridge the gap between residents' needs and available resources. If you have a legal question, need assistance, or are interested in working with QLA Community Success Initiative please call us at 718-261-3047 extension 550.


Y.E.S.

QLA is pleased to announce the start date for its new summer youth initiative called YES (Youth Empowerment Summer Series). This new leadership, empowerment, and substance abuse awareness program is specifically geared to youths, ages 16 to 18, living in Queens.

 

Pro Bono Project

Pursuant to the new Pro Bono Initiative, which requires new applicants for admission for to the New York Bar to perform 50 hours of pro bono services, QLA has launched a pro bono program specifically geared to meeting the legal needs of low-income New Yorkers. Applicants accepted into QLA’s program perform 50 hours of pro bono services in one of our three divisions: Criminal Defense, Family Law, or Immigration Law. For more information about our program, contact Sarah Musa at SMusa@Qlanyc.org.

 

Immigration Clinic

The clinic provides free consultation and representation to immigrants. The services include:

·         Naturalization Petitions

·         Changes in Status

·         Deferred Actions Applications

·         Deportation and Removal Issues

 

S.T.A.R. Track Program

Straight Talk About Risks, otherwise known as the S.T.A.R. Track Program, is a youth anti-violence program run by the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. This program developed by Queen’s District Attorney, Richard A. Brown, in conjunction with the United Federation of Teachers, the Division of School Safety, and the New York City Department of Education offers out-reach this is provided in New York City schools.

In 2012, Queens Law Associates became the first criminal defense organization to participate in the S.T.A.R. Track Program. The program teaches elementary and high school students about the risks of drugs, gangs, guns, and other important social issues. Working as volunteers, attorneys, social workers, and other QLA staff conduct workshops on leadership skills, conflict resolution techniques and positive decision-making.