For 25 years, the Urban Justice Center has served New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Heather continued serving the organization for a while but has since moved on.
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A formerly homeless teen, Heather wrote a definitive report on the incarceration of people with mental illness, filed a successful lawsuit to compel New York City to provide discharge planning for 30,000 inmates with mental illness each year, and co-founded the Nathaniel Project, the nation’s first alternative to incarceration program for felony offenders with serious mental illness.
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