Close Rikers protest in front of City Hall. A man with locs looks down in the background, while another bald man in glasses holds a megaphone.

Policy & Advocacy

Trinity Church Wall Street has a long history of advancing social justice in alignment with our belief that every person is created in the image of God and has dignity and value. We also have a steadfast commitment to caring for our neighbors, no matter where they’ve come from or how long they’ve been here. This document details our current advocacy priorities, which are informed by, build on, and complement efforts across the church including our direct services, programming, grantmaking, mission investing, and convenings. They also reflect the urgency of the moment as our city struggles to address the ongoing housing crisis exacerbated by the influx of asylum seekers and the difficulties youth continue to face as a result of the long-term academic and emotional consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the challenges facing the city are great, so is the opportunity to foster broad change and ensure the well-being of our most marginalized neighbors, particularly Black and brown young people, and the newest New Yorkers. As such, Trinity uses a multi-pronged approach that combines direct services, programming, grantmaking, and advocacy. To move our policy priorities forward, we leverage Trinity’s resources and standing as a faith-based anchor institution. We also join campaigns, collaborate with those with lived experience, direct service and advocacy allies and policymakers, and engage in targeted government relations and communications efforts.

Testimony to City Council

Trinity has testified before NYC City Council to support policies and provide policy recommendations in key areas to improve the lives of our neighbors and fellow New Yorkers. Click through to read the full testimonials.