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Kimberly Forte

Legal Aid Society - Juvenile Rights Practice
Supervising Attorney, LGBT Law and Policy Initiative
New York, NY, USA


Kimberly Forte is a dedicated social justice attorney whose career began when she served in the inaugural class of Americorps volunteers.  Her commitment to the rights of children led her to attend law school and brought her to NYC where she ultimately joined The Legal Aid Society. 

Kim is the Supervising Attorney for The Legal Aid Society’s LGBT Law and Policy Initiative.  The goals the Initiative are to increase Legal Aid’s cultural competency to better represent LGBTQ clients and the Society’s litigation, public policy and legislative efforts on behalf of low-income LGBTQ New Yorkers. Kim’s work focuses on all three of the Society’s Practices – Civil, Juvenile Rights and Criminal Defense. She currently serves as the Society’s lead counsel on two landmark cases affecting the LGBTQ communities - CW v City of New York (EDNY), a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of the almost 4000 runaway and homeless youth seeking a the right youth specific shelter and services and Cruz v Zucker (SDNY), a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of transgender Medicaid recipients who were denied medically necessary health care.

She is proud to partner with many of NYC’s queer justice organizations and is confident these relationships will continue to bring about progressive change.  She has been with the Society for over 15 years, where she has held various positions in the Juvenile Rights Practice (JRP), representing youth in NYC Family Courts. She was a staff attorney with JRP's Law Reform Unit which investigates and files impact litigation cases and comments on proposed legislation and policies affecting youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems.  Kim regularly presents at local, state and national conferences on issues related to her current position.  She received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida and a J.D. from SUNY Buffalo.  Kim shares her life with her spouse Tina, their twins, Kyle and Luca, and their beloved dog Rufus.

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