Center for Law and Social Justice


The mission of the Center for Law and Social Justice is to provide quality legal advocacy, training, and research on racial justice issues affecting people of African descent, and persons who are under-served, under-represented and otherwise disenfranchised. Using a grassroots approach, the Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ) works to promote human rights and civil rights in partnership with, and on behalf of, community organizations and other civil society groups. CLSJ’s advocacy projects and litigation include: a) voting rights; b) equity in public education; c) police-related harassment and abuse; e) discrimination issues; and, g) human rights violations in the United States. As a result of its unique synthesis of research, public policy advocacy and litigation, the Center for Law and Social Justice has a very successful track record fighting discrimination. CLSJ is a focal point for progressive activity that results in creative, action-oriented solutions and social change.

Executive Director’s Message

In the spirit of Medgar W. Evers, the slain civil rights activist, the dedicated staff of the Center and I welcome your collaboration in addressing the many racial justice issues currently facing New Yorkers. Founded in 1986, the Center conducts research and ground-breaking advocacy on voting rights, equity in the public schools and other racial discrimination issues in New York City. We also provide free legal consultation services. Visit our office at 1534 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, telephone the Center for Law and Social Justice at 718 804 8893 or email us.

Staying on Freedom and Justice,
Esmeralda Simmons, Esq.
Executive Director

Current Projects

Don't Lose Your Vote

Comprehensive voting rights and election protection program focusing on Central Brooklyn. Current litigation:Favors v. Cuomoredistricting challenge against the 2012 New York State Senate . Redistricting Plan as discriminatory against Black New Yorkers.

Education Equity/ Parent Advocacy Academy

Challenging public education policies and practices that discriminate against or harm students of color. Developing the leadership skills of public school parents in Central Brooklyn to be advocates in the public school system. Current case: Title VI challenge at US Dept. of Education's OCR to the NYC Specialized High School entrance examination as discriminatory against Black and Latino student applicants.

Immigration Law Program

Provides free legal services to New York immigrants seeking to obtain legal residence or become naturalized US citizens.

Free Legal Consultations

CLSJ attorneys provide advice and referrals to individuals on their legal problems.


1534 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216