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The Door Celebrates Free Legal Services at Joining in Justice

Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland was one of our honorees for her incredible work supporting New York City's immigrants.

On May 10th, The Door hosted its 2017 Joining in Justice fundraiser, a massively successful event that raised money to support its Legal Services Center, which provides free legal and immigration assistance to more than 1,200 young New Yorkers each year.

The evening include inspiring guest speakers Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (
New York City Council Member) and Angela C. Vigil (Pro Bono Partner of Baker & McKenzie LLP). Those in attendance also heard a very personal story from a young immigrant who arrived here fleeing an unsafe environment in her home country. The Door helped her find a place to stay and connected her with vital legal services. In her own words, “My life changed when I arrived at The Door.”

Learn more about the evening in our press release below, and be sure to also
check out photos from the event on our Facebook page


Amy R. Brenna



(New York NY) May 10, 2017: The Door celebrated its legal work with young immigrants and honored members of our community who have shown a commitment to advocacy and support for undocumented youth. The event raised $175,000, a significant increase over 2016’s event.

At our fourth annual Joining In Justice event, Director of Legal Services Eve Stotland spoke about today’s evolving political and legal environment, how it is affecting undocumented young people, and what we can do to advocate for them.  She is a widely-recognized expert in immigration law, and is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services and the New York State Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in Family Court. She also serves on the Advisory Committee for the American Bar Association’s Homeless Youth Legal Network.

The two honorees were New York City Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and Baker & McKenzie LLP.

City Council Member Ferreras-Copeland represents East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and Corona in Queens. She is the first woman, person of color and the youngest to chair the Council’s influential Committee on Finance. She is a leading voice on matters of immigrant rights. 

Baker & McKenzie LLP was honored for the significant pro bono legal services they have provided to The Door during the last two years. Their pro bono practice aims to disrupt barriers to rule of law, human rights, and access to resources, and they focus on impacting children’s rights, justice across borders, and LGBTQ advocacy issues.

“My life changed when I arrived at The Door. They helped me find a permanent place to stay. I will always be grateful for lunch and dinner every day, especially the second helpings. I got eyeglasses through the health clinic, and was given $500 to buy baby clothes and supplies. I worked with legal services and now I have my work permit. My dream is to attend CUNY and become an ultrasound technician,” said Marita, a Door legal services client and a speaker at the event.

“This is a critical time in our country’s history with regard to immigrants,” said Julie Shapiro, Executive Director of The Door.  “We are working with more urgency than ever, vigorously representing our legal clients and providing vital “Know Your Rights” workshops.  I have never been more proud to work for The Door, and to defend the great American tradition of welcoming immigrants who are fleeing persecution and danger.”

Eric Weingartner, Chief Executive Officer of The Door, reflected that, “Since I joined The Door nine months ago as its CEO, I’ve been moved by our young Legal Services Center clients.  Their resilience and determination in the face of perilous circumstances in their home countries and barriers to success in the United States are inspiring.  I’m extremely proud of the profound impact our legal services team and pro bono partners have on the lives of these deserving young people.”

Council Member Ferreras-Copeland said, “As the daughter of immigrants, it is a privilege to serve on the Council as a representative of my community and to fight for our budget priorities as Chair of Finance. To be recognized for this work by The Door is a great honor and I look forward to many more years of supporting its mission in New York City.”

"The Door provides essential services to New York’s vulnerable youth every day, equipping them with the skills and tools they need to succeed. Baker McKenzie is proud to partner with the organization on its many projects, including the Homeless Youth Handbook along with Mondelez International,” said Mike Wagner, Partner and Global Chair of Baker & McKenzie Pro Bono and Community Service Committee. "We are honored to receive this recognition and look forward to continuing to work with The Door in the years to come."

For press inquiries, please contact:  Amy R. Brenna, Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications, or 212-453-0285

About The Door
Since 1972, The Door has helped young people ages 12-24 in New York City gain the tools they need to become successful, in school, work and in life. The Door offers a vast network of effective programs, including health care and health education at its adolescent health center; nutritious meals; mental health counseling and crisis assistance; legal services; tutoring and homework help; High School Equivalency courses and college prep; career development programs and job placement at our main location and also at our Bronx Youth Center; help for runaway and homeless youth and two supportive housing complexes; leadership training; and vibrant arts, sports and recreational activities – all free of charge and under one roof. The Door’s emphasis on a young person’s strengths, combined with a focus on reliable, demonstrative outcomes, has made it a model for similar organizations locally, nationally and internationally. The Door is partnered with leading New York City organizations University Settlement and Broome Street Academy charter high school; together they assist more than 40,000 New Yorkers every year. Learn more at

About The Door’s Legal Services Center
At The Door, our 15-person top notch legal team helps our most vulnerable young people triumph over daunting obstacles. In 2016, we helped more than 1,200 young people and closed 800 cases. Over 300 were immigration cases handled in-house; 45 additional cases were handled by pro bono partners. In 97% of the immigration cases we closed last year, our clients obtained Lawful Permanent Residence or other improved status. We are known for our leadership in advocating for undocumented youth. We also provide expert advice and direct legal representation for any civil legal need, including foster care and family law cases. In addition to our immigration cases, we also counseled 170 young people through criminal legal clinics and closed 266 family law cases.  

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