March 19, 2014
Eugene Chen (’13) has been awarded a two-year Equal Justice Works (EJW) fellowship to start in September 2014. Chen will be working at the New York Legal Assistance Group, serving low-income LGBT people from communities of color facing housing issues, particularly those who are aging, transgender, affected by HIV/AIDS, or have children in the household.
Eugene Chen (’13)
Housing advocacy has been an issue close to Chen’s heart for a long time. “I grew up in Manhattan’s Chinatown in the ’80s,” he says, “but we moved all over NYC to Flushing, Sunnyside, Woodside, and Elmhurst in search of housing when we were evicted or priced out. In New York City, the globalization of capital has turned housing into a global commodity, rather than the local resource and human right it is supposed to be.”
During his EJW fellowship, Chen will provide legal representation to clients in housing court, legal advocacy for clients with housing discrimination claims, and community-centered outreach and education. His fellowship is funded by the Paul Rapoport Foundation.
While at CUNY Law, Chen interned with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and worked on zoning issues with the Chinatown-based nonprofit CAAAV, through his participation in the Community Economic Development Clinic. He is currently working at the New York Anti-Violence Project, which empowers LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence, through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.