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Jose I. Abrigo

Queens Legal Services, LSNYC
Staff Attorney
Jamaica, NY, USA


Jose Abrigo is the staff attorney of the LGBTQ/HIV Advocacy Project at Queens Legal Services. Before becoming a lawyer Jose worked in classical archaeology and specialized in Ancient Greek statuary. During law school he devoted most of his work to public benefits advocacy, poverty law and representing clients at welfare fair hearings. He has also worked with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and clerked for the New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division.

Before heading the LGBTQ/HIV Practice at Queens, Jose was a tenant attorney for almost three years and has practiced in almost all of the Housing Courts across New York City. As the LGBTQ/HIV Advocacy Project attorney he represents low income people in Queens in administrative hearings, Civil, Supreme and Federal Court on issues ranging from discrimination, housing, public benefits, immigration, social security, and name change/identity documents. He engages in extensive community organizing with the clients he serves, and policy and legislative advocacy. Jose also litigates civil rights impact litigation in Queens and citywide in collaboration with the other LSNYC borough offices. He received a dual B.A. from UC Berkeley and his J.D. from CUNY School of Law.

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