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We have all been moved by the devastation that Hurricane Maria inflicted on the people of Puerto Rico. Over the past days, we have been speaking with court officials in Puerto Rico and have heard firsthand the impact of this disaster on the court community. Many judges and court employees and their families have been dislocated from their homes and lost personal possessions in the storm.

To assist the court community in Puerto Rico, the New York State Unified Court System, in conjunction with the court system of Puerto Rico, is reactivating the Court Families Assistance Fund. As you may recall, we established the Fund to assist UCS judges, employees and their families who were victims of the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. In 2005, the Fund assisted court employees and their families in the Gulf Region in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and again, in 2012, the Fund provided aid to members of the UCS court family who suffered losses when Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard.

Donations to the Assistance Fund will be used to provide Puerto Rican court personnel and their families with immediate financial assistance to help them through this difficult time. The Fund's proceeds will be distributed for necessary expenses associated with shelter, food, clothing, and medical care.

The Court Families Assistance Fund was established in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation and the Fund for the City of New York, a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations to the Assistance Fund are tax deductible as permitted by law. You may contribute to the Assistance Fund by donating online or by making a check payable to:

Court Families Assistance Fund/FCNY
c/o Center for Court Innovation
520 Eighth Avenue, 18th floor
New York, NY 10018

For questions or more information, email

Thank you for your generosity.



Hon. Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick (Ret.)
Hon. Federico Hernandez Denton (Ret.)
Hon. Stephen J. Fiala
Barry Clarke, Esq.
John M. George, Esq.
Sharon Katz, Esq.
Betty Lugo, Esq.
Carmen A. Pacheco, Esq.
Ronald P. Younkins, Esq.

Amy Levitt Kotler

Barbara Zahler-Gringer, Esq.