NY Law Journal“The Family Justice Law Center [part of UJC's Social Justice Accelerator], the first organization of its kind in the United States, will go on the legal offensive on behalf of families who say child welfare agencies violated their constitutional rights.”
Philanthropy News"The prize selects people with the determination and vision to change New York City’s communities, culture, and future for good...This year’s winners include David Shalleck-Klein, founder and executive director of the Family Justice Law Center [a member of the Urban Justice Center's Social Justice Accelerator]."
New York Times"David Shalleck-Klein, 35, is one of five winners splitting this year’s $1 million David Prize, a no-strings-attached award established in 2019...[He] started the Family Justice Law Center six months ago [and is a member of UJC's Social Justice Accelerator]. He said it was the nation’s first civil rights organization dedicated to suing government agencies that separate children from their parents."
Mother Jones"In New York City, for example, the hearings typically begin within three days of a child’s removal, but they are divided into tiny segments, stretching out months, says David Shalleck-Klein, executive director of New York’s Family Justice Law Center [a member of the UJC Social Justice Accelerator]."
The Imprint“In places where structural disinvestment has depleted networks, parents are on their own. That has consequences. In its Community Health Survey, the New York City Health Department asks whether people in a community get together to discuss political and social issues, trust a neighbor with the key to their home, or would say something to a person who didn’t clean up after their dog. Neighborhoods lower on measures of social trust and control are higher on child welfare involvement.” - FPP Co-Director, Nora McCarthy
NYN Media"McCarthy has now launched a new enterprise: the NYC Family Policy Project [which is part of UJC's Social Justice Accelerator]. Through research and policy analysis, the Family Policy Project will make the case that New York City has historically ‘over invested in child protective services and under invested in community institutions and networks that help families thrive.’”
Sport & Dev"'More than three years ago, I joined the Fair Play coalition with a sea of joyful Black and Brown youth from the South Bronx to rally on the issue of sports equity,” said Obrian Rosario, organizer of the Fair Play Coalition and Executive Director of Outreach at the Peer Defense Project."
The 74"David Shalleck-Klein believes child welfare agencies routinely violate the Constitution by carrying out unlawful searches and family separations — with disastrous consequences for the low-income Black and Hispanic families they disproportionately investigate... The attorney last week launched what he says is the nation’s first civil rights organization dedicated to fighting back against such violations: the Family Justice Law Center [which is part of the Urban Justice Center's SJA].”
Blue & WhiteDavid Simpson is a former Columbia Justice-in-Education Scholar who spent ten years in federal prison. He has garnered hard-won expertise on the injustices of the “justice” system and has dedicated his post-carceral life to making conditions more humane for those still on the inside...In January 2020, he and Anna Sugrue, BC ’20, launched the Remedy Project.