NYLS Impact

NYLS Impact is the blog of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. To visit the site, please click here. is a student blog created by New York Law School’s Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families as a resource for students, practitioners, scholars and other community members. This blog features children’s and family law news items and commentary, with a focus on New York. It also includes information about Abbey Institute events. To visit the site, please click here.

The Racial Justice Project is a legal advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the constitutional and civil rights of people who have been denied those rights on the basis of race and to increase public awareness of racism and racial injustice in the areas of education, employment, political participation, and criminal justice. The Racial Justice Project’s advocacy includes litigation, training, and public education. For more information, visit the website.

Each year, thousands of children enter the United States alone, seeking refuge from abuse and maltreatment. Others migrate to the United States with parents who are unable or unwilling to care for them and end up in foster care. None are entitled to immigration counsel at government expense. Many are eligible for asylum and others may qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile status, which allows unaccompanied minors to become permanent residents. The Impact Center’s Safe Passage Project works with attorneys and law students to provide pro bono services to juveniles. Professor Lenni Benson and Staff Attorney Claire R. Thomas serve as mentors. For up to date activity, events, and resources, visit