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Blair Childs-Biscoe

  • Hosted by Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
  • Sponsored by Anonymous
  • Service location Brooklyn, New York
  • Law school New York University School of Law
  • Issue area Racial Justice
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Blair (they/them)’s project will help anchor QTBIPOC care networks within their neighborhoods by providing space-related transactional legal services to QTBIPOC-led mutual aid organizations in New York City, and advocating for community land ownership policies.

New York City is in its worst affordability crisis in two decades, with an estimated 50% of New Yorkers not earning enough to meet their basic needs, and QTBIPOC communities are some of the most vulnerable to destabilization and displacement. As hubs of community care and organizing, mutual aid networks are critical to ensuring that these communities weather this crisis and can build secure futures in their neighborhoods on their terms. However, QTBIPOC-led mutual aid organizations across the city are struggling to retain space in their neighborhoods, operating in a hypercompetitive market against sophisticated landlords. There is an immediate need for basic transactional legal services to prevent these spaces from being uprooted, as well as educational resources and policy advocacy to help them endure long-term.

Fellowship Plans

During their Fellowship, Blair will provide direct representation to QTBIPOC-led mutual aid groups on space-related transactional matters, such as lease negotiations, entity formation, property tax exemption, corporate compliance, subleasing arrangements, and governance structures. Additionally, Blair will create trainings and resources tailored to acquiring and maintaining space for mutual aid in New York City to allow these groups to navigate common issues without an attorney. Lastly, Blair will collaborate with larger NYC coalitions to fight for policies that make it easier for land to come into the control of community organizations like these at low or no cost.

I am honored and grateful to support the legacy of many Black trans and queer ancestors who came before me and built their own networks of safety and freedom out of necessity, refusing to be erased.

Blair Childs-Biscoe /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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