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New York Bar Foundation Awards Legal Grant to HIAS

Apr 24, 2018

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Gabe Cahn, HIAS.org

Steve Hoffman (second from right) of the Grants Review Committee at the New York Bar Foundation, presents a legal grant to HIAS' Laura Weiss (L), volunteer coordinator for asylum services, Aleksander Milch (second from left), senior staff attorney, and Erin Greenbaum (R), director of major gifts, at the refugee organization's New York City office, April 24, 2018.

(Bill Swersey/HIAS)

HIAS Senior Staff Attorney Aleksander Milch (L) chats with Steve Hoffman of the Grants Review Committee at the New York Bar Foundation at HIAS' office in New York City, April 24, 2018.

(Bill Swersey/HIAS)

On Tuesday, April 24, The New York Bar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the New York State Bar Association, presented a grant of $15,000 to HIAS to support legal representation of asylum seekers and refugees.

This marks the second consecutive year that the foundation has generously supported HIAS’ legal work. Last year, the philanthropic nonprofit generously awarded HIAS a grant of $11,500.

“For refugees and asylum seekers, effective legal representation can spell the difference between a life in safety and remaining in limbo,” said Erin Greenbaum, HIAS’ Director of Major Gifts. “This timely grant will strengthen our attorneys’ ability to protect the rights of their clients at a moment of critical need.”

The New York Bar Foundation was established in 1950 to transform charitable contributions from individuals and law firms into grants which advance the improvement of the justice system, legal research and education, professional ethics and public awareness. In 2017, the foundation allocated over $640,000 in grants to programs across New York State.

For more information about HIAS’ legal programs, click here.