News & Press2020-04-04T12:43:39+00:00

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Black Leaders Are Conveying the Far Left’s Unease With Eric Adams

July 21st, 2022|

NY Times

“‘Mayor Adams, your constituents are dying,’ Dr. Victoria A. Phillips, who works with the [Mental Health Project of the] Urban Justice Center, said at the rally. ‘You said you represent the Black and brown community, well, step up. Step up and save us."

Trinity Church Wall Street Awards More Than $23 Million in Grants

June 28th, 2022|

Episcopal News Service

“Urban Justice Center's [Mental Health Project] will use their $100,000 grant to provide research-informed recommendations on the most humane way to provide supports and services to people with serious mental health concerns to keep them out of jail and the criminal legal system.”

Report: Preventing Wasteful and Inequitable Consultative Examinations in Social Security Disability Claims

March 4th, 2022|


"Today, advocates from New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), the Urban Justice Center (UJC), and Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS) released a new report about wasteful and harmful Social Security policies, which discriminate against adults and children with disabilities. The report focuses on issues arising in New York State and Pennsylvania, but this is a national problem, stemming from federal policy failures."

Urgency to improve Rikers conditions grows as inmate hunger strike enters Day 6

January 13th, 2022|

City & State

“The mayor’s office could step in right now,” [Victoria] Phillips, [a community, health, & justice organizer with the Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center] said. “There’s nothing new about the outrageous barbarian conditions except for the people who pass the buck. The City Council passes it to the mayor’s office and the mayor’s office passes it to the DOC.”

New Yorkers Will Get to Vote on Plans to Advance Racial Equity in the City

December 7th, 2021|

The City

“I think they are on the right track,” said Victoria Phillips, the community, health and justice organizer for the Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project. “It becomes fluff — it becomes window dressing — when there’s no follow-up, when there’s no next step. This city is big on the grand idea and then the mediocre follow-through, and our community has suffered long enough.”

The Jail Oversight Board That Failed to Sound the Alarm

November 9th, 2021|

NY Times

“Then, as conditions worsened in the summer, the board canceled its July meeting and, for lack of a quorum, could not reschedule it for August. When the board finally met in September, advocates’ frustration was evident. That was when Victoria Phillips, who works with the Urban Justice Center, pleaded for the board to do its work before there were any more deaths... "Yes, they did put out a statement,” said Jennifer Parish, the director of criminal justice advocacy at the Urban Justice Center. “But there’s so much more that could have been happening along the way.”


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