PCYP helps homeless youth overcome legal barriers that prevent them from transitioning successfully into adulthood.
We provide free legal services, including: name changes, immigration, public benefits, and criminal history reviews. We engage in policy advocacy to reform the systems in which our clients struggle to survive.
Founded in 1994, PCYP is an innovative legal services project focusing on the legal needs of the thousands of homeless and street-involved young people in New York City, with a focus on the particular needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth. PCYP works to interrupt the cycles of poverty and criminalization that prevent LGBTQQ young people from living fulfilling lives free from discrimination, abuse, and oppression.
We have built unique expertise in the complex legal issues facing marginalized young people at the crossroads of youth and adult systems. For over two decades, PCYP has developed a reputation for excellence among lawyers, service providers, and – most importantly – the young people we serve. Each year, we work on over 500 cases and serve approximately 400 young people. PCYP provides access to the basics in life through legal services, advocacy, and case management.