What We Do >> Legal Services
My Sisters' Place (MSP) established the Legal Center in 1997 to respond to our clients’ urgent need for specialized, high-quality legal services. The mission of the Legal Center is to provide victims of domestic violence who are financially unable to retain counsel on their own, greater access to legal protections and remedies critical to their survival and safety.
Legal Center Intake Services
The intake process allows us to assess the nature of the client’s legal issues and to provide immediate legal advice, brief services, and referrals.
Legal advice often includes an assessment of the caller’s potential legal remedies, suggestions for collecting and preserving evidence, and directions on how to file various court papers without an attorney. Cases for direct representation and cases that contain a potential appellate issue are directed to the Center’s Managing Attorneys.
To access MSP’s Legal Services, please call (914) 683-1333 and ask for Legal Intake. Para servicios legales en español, por favor llame al (914) 683-1333 y pregunta para el Asistencia Legal.
The Family Law Unit
The Family Law Unit provides specialized legal services to victims of domestic violence in family law cases, including orders of protection, custody, visitation, child and spousal support, and abuse and neglect matters.
The Immigration Unit
The Immigration Unit specializes in providing a range of legal services to immigrant victims of domestic violence or human trafficking. Immigration law attorneys assist clients with green cards, work permits, and other immigration benefits that will allow them to stay in the United States legally.
Special Litigation and Appeals Project
The Special Litigation and Appeals Project offers advanced litigation and appellate representation in a full range of cases, including custody, visitation, child support, orders of protection, and immigration matters. This project, the only one of its kind in the Hudson Valley Region, supports existing MSP clients and domestic violence victims represented by other legal services providers.
Court Advocacy Project
The Court Advocacy Project places Victim Advocates in the County’s two Integrated Domestic Violence Courts, which provide advocacy and support to domestic violence victims during participation in criminal investigations and prosecutions of perpetrators, including trials. Victim Advocates attend court proceedings, ensure the victims' wishes are communicated, make sure the victim fully understands the status of the case, and assist with preparing a victim impact statement.