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The New York Bar Foundation recently presented a grant of $10,000 to Brooklyn Defender Services. The grant will be used to support their Veteran’s Assistance Program (VAP) to serve Brooklyn veterans with criminal justice involvement.   The program provides a comprehensive, client-centered approach to address criminal, civil and social challenges experienced by Brooklyn’s veterans, as well as critical issues related to their service that underlie or are impacted by the intersection of the criminal justice system and veterans’ lives.

“With the support of the New York Bar Foundation, BDS’ VAP will be able to serve greater numbers of veteran clients with screening and the additional social work services they need to help with their unique and complex cases,” states Lisa Schreibersdorf, Executive Director.

In early 2017, The New York Bar Foundation allocated more than $640,000 in grants to organizations across New York to assist in:

  • Increasing public understanding of the law
  • Improving the justice system and the law
  • Facilitating the delivery of legal services
  • Enhancing professional competence and ethics

The New York Bar Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the New York State Bar Association. To learn more about The Foundation and how you can support its charitable programs, go to www.tnybf.org, phone 518-487-5651 or email nybarfoundation@tnybf.org.