Morenike provided legal services to low-income and middle-income clients to assist with their recovery after Superstorm Sandy. She helped clients secure federal and state disaster benefits, resolve disputes with contractors, and advocates for their consumer protection.
This project provides critical representation and advocacy on behalf of low-income and middle-income New Yorkers who have legal issues relating to Superstorm Sandy. This project helps clients process flood insurance claims and reexaminations, engages in foreclosure prevention work, advocates for consumer protection in the face of contractor fraud and mechanic’s liens, and works with state and federal agencies to ensure clients gain access to state and federal recovery assistance programs.
During Morenike’s Fellowship, Morenike:
- Provided direct representation to over 75 SuperStorm Sandy victims
- Worked collaboratively with city, state and federal disaster relief organizations and community-based organizations to promote the needs of Superstorm Sandy victims
- Provided trainings for legal service organizations in other areas affected by disasters
- Memorialized and preserved best practices and lessons learned in providing post-disaster client services
Provide legal advice and counsel and follow up services to New York City residents recovering from or at risk of disaster.
Provide holistic civil legal services to Sandy victims, including in such areas as disaster benefits and recovery programs, foreclosure prevention, consumer law, and insurance issues.
Jahna provided representation to elder victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. She served the needs of elder victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation in New York City, working with multi-disciplinary teams of professionals on elder abuse cases, contributing to elder abuse screening practices, and conducting informational training for professionals and community members on elder abuse and how to fight it.
There isn’t always a clear answer to fixing elder abuse because each case is uniquely complex and requires medical-legal-social solutions be woven delicately together.
Jahna Locke /
2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow