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April 15, 2019

Human Rights First Receives Grant from The New York Bar Foundation

New York City—Human Rights First today announced that it was recently presented a grant from The New York Bar Foundation worth $7,500. The grant will be used to support their Refugee Representation Project of New York.

“The New York Bar Foundation is a cornerstone of charitable giving in the great state of New York. To receive their long-standing support is nothing short of an honor and a blessing as we continue our work with asylum seekers and pro bono attorneys,” said Human Rights First President and CEO Mike Breen. “With this support, vulnerable individuals will be able to start on a path toward citizenship and join their neighbors as fully fledged New Yorkers.”

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Photo Caption:  Martin Minkowitz, member of The Foundation’s Board of Directors, and Eric Helms, Senior Grants Manager for Human Rights First.

Through Human Rights First’s refugee representation program, volunteer lawyers have the opportunity to change the lives of refugees by helping them gain asylum in the United States. The organization matches asylum seekers who need help with lawyers who can represent them on a pro bono basis. Human Rights First provides mentoring, training, and guidance throughout the process to ensure that the pro bono lawyers get the support they need to provide the highest quality legal representation to clients seeking asylum. 

Since its inception in 1950, The New York Bar Foundation has aided charitable and educational projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and legal profession. Its grants assist in increasing public understanding of the law, improving the justice system and the law, facilitating the delivery of legal services, and enhancing professional competence and ethics

For more information, or to partner with Human Rights First’s pro bono refugee representation program, please contact Christopher Plummer atPlummerC@humanrightsfirst.org or 202-370-3310.