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Angela Ni

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Angela Ni

Angela Ni

Name of Host Organization: Urban Justice Center
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Community Economic Development/Microfinance and Related Transactional Legal Projects
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

The Project

Provide transactional legal assistance, outreach, and training to low-income immigrant street entrepreneurs in New York City

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
There are more than 20,000 street vendors in New York City. While navigating the complex legal landscape of vending in New York City, these street entrepreneurs also face a myriad of transactional legal issues that are essential to their growth. Their low-income and immigrant background limit their access to quality transactional legal assistance.
The Right Person For This Project

Angela is the right person for the project because:
• As an immigrant herself, she is committed to helping low-income immigrants grow their street vending businesses
• She has worked with the leading street vendors advocacy group, Street Vendors Project, in many capacities since she was 13

Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship

In the first six months, Angela will:
• Provide direct outreach to street entrepreneurs to survey their most imminent transaction needs
• Pilot training workshops on basic business structuration and business improvement methods
• Identify and take on 10-15 cases for direct representation