Expanding our presence in Queens
On-site partner at the New York City Family Justice Center
As part of a citywide coalition to build an ever-stronger community of support for victims of domestic violence, inMotion has joined forces with the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence as an on-site partner at the newly constructed New York City Family Justice Center in Kew Gardens, Queens.
The New York City Family Justice Center opened its doors in Queens on July 21. Within the first week, women from Bangladesh, Ecuador, Guyana, India, the Philippines, Poland and Romania received on-the-spot access to the Center’s free legal and social services.
“Our first client, Maimun, a young mother from Guyana, accomplished in one afternoon what might have otherwise taken weeks,” shares Patricia Telfort, inMotion legal services coordinator. “In just one visit, Maimun received legal advice from inMotion (made possible by being able to access a copy of her criminal order of protection from the District Attorney’s on-site office) and developed a safety plan with a Safe Horizon counselor.”
“Our City has made investigating, prosecuting and preventing all domestic violence crimes a top priority,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Domestic violence creates financial, emotional and, at times, physical scars. By making it as easy as possible for victims and their families to access services, many New Yorkers are given the opportunity to start over again.”
Located near a primary public transportation hub in Kew Gardens, the Center is easily accessible and only a few short steps away from the doors of the Queens County Criminal and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts. InMotion’s office at the Center is open Monday–Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
One-stop service center for victims of domestic violence
No appointments are required to walk into the Center. When a domestic violence survivor arrives, they are immediately paired with a personal advocate who speaks their native language (or who can access the services of an interpreter through Language Line Services, a company that provides immediate, by-phone interpretation in 170 languages). The advocate assesses their situation, shares information about the diverse resources available at the Center and directs them to the services they need. The advocate also arranges appointments on their behalf with on-site service providers—such as inMotion—and provides ongoing case management support as they move forward to rebuild their life.
Protecting Queens abuse victims
All women who come to inMotion through the Center will be screened for placement with a pro bono attorney or an on-site litigation extern from one of our participating Corporate Partner law firms. If a client cannot be given a volunteer attorney, our staff will provide free legal advice and prepare the necessary court papers so that she can file her own motion in court. We will also offer referrals to sister legal services providers who may be able to take on her case.
About the New York City Family Justice Center Initiative
The New York City Family Justice Center in Kew Gardens is the second domestic violence crisis center to open in the City. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg launched the first Center in downtown Brooklyn in July, 2005. Since that time, the Brooklyn Center has served over 11,000 clients and averages 1,000 client visits per month. InMotion recently joined the Brooklyn Center as an off-site referral partner in June, 2008.
Based on the Brooklyn Center’s success, the City has committed to opening additional centers. Following Queens, a Bronx center is expected to open by the end of 2009.