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Read relevant news and press about the Family Justice Law Center and the people we represent. As we spark social change, interrogate the law, and strengthen local advocacy efforts, we seek justice for families mistreated by the child welfare system.
The Constitution Prohibits Unreasonable Searches. Child Welfare Investigators Routinely Conduct Them.
The New School"As a matter of Fourth Amendment law, over 99.8 percent of ACS’s searches of families’ homes are “presumptively unreasonable” and therefore unconstitutional."
New Nonprofit to Use Civic-Improvement Prize Money to Hire Legal Talent
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.”
David Prize announces winners of $1 million in funding
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]."
He’ll Use His $200,000 Prize to Fight for Children
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."
Inside Massachusetts’ Family Separation Disaster
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]."
New Law Center to Fight Illegal Family Separation by NYC Child Welfare Agencies
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].”
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