UJA-Federation of New York is a powerful voice that works to preserve and enhance the capacity of our network of agencies to help those who are poor and vulnerable.
We regularly meet and speak with elected officials, government agency staff, and policymakers on the city, state, and federal levels of government about issues that affect not only our beneficiary agencies and community, but also the New York community at large.
We also work with many other advocacy organizations and service providers to advocate on behalf of seniors, children, families, and special populations, as well as around such issues as education, economic self-sufficiency, mental health, affordable housing, and health care. Through our legislative and budget advocacy, we have been able to make a significant impact on local, state, and federal public policy.
See below for a few ongoing advocacy campaigns that you can join:
Human trafficking is a $32 billion annual business, with an estimated 70 percent generated by sex trafficking. Following a powerful conference hosted by UJA-Federation’s Task force on Family Violence entitled We Were Slaves: the Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking, a broad coalition of Jewish and front-line organizations have come together to take on this scourge. This effort is focusing on securing legislation and funding as well as working to raise the consciousness and help educate the Jewish community that modern day slavery exists, and that we have an obligation to help end it. Watch the video.
Campaign for Children
UJA-Federation is a leading member of the Campaign for Children, a coalition of over 150 childcare and after-school advocacy organizations and providers that successfully advocated for the restoration of more than $150 million for childcare and after-school programs for more than 47,000 children is last year’s City budget.
The Campaign is continuing its advocacy this year and is engaging more providers, families, and elected officials in an effort to make the systems more stable and ensure access for those families who need it. For more information, contact Sandy Myers at or call 1.212.836.1658. Or see what people are saying and join the conversation on Twitter: #Campaign4Children.
Day School Advocacy
Our Day School Advocacy Initiative helps support the over 300 local Jewish day schools and yeshivot by advocating for continued and enhanced federal and state government funding, in addition to mobilizing the day school and yeshiva community as a unified grassroots constituency in support of its interests. For more information, visit our Day School Advocacy page or contact Darcy Hirsh at or 1.212.836.1752.
We are advocating on the state level and working with our network agencies on the ground to ease the transition to managed care as New York State restructures its health care system. In an effort to save money and improve outcomes, New York State is implementing this major reform, with the goal of placing nearly 100 percent of all Medicaid clients into managed care. This will change the way in which services will be delivered and impacts both the persons receiving health care services and the revenue stream for providers. The initial focus of the state’s Medicaid managed care is in the Home Care and Behavioral Health delivery systems, as well as the service system for the Developmental Disabled, both of which comprise a substantial portion of the UJA-Federation network’s services. For more information, contact Edie Mesick at or call 1.518.436.1091 ext. 100.