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Marika Dias is a public interest attorney who has worked in civil legal services since 2001, in a range of legal service and community organizations in Melbourne, Australia and New York City. Marika’s work has focused on providing legal services that support community organizing efforts and grass-roots community groups, in particular in struggles around housing, immigrant rights, and LGBTQ rights. Marika is currently the Director of the Tenant Rights Coalition at Legal Services NYC, a city-wide tenant rights project that partners with tenant organizers and utilizes proactive group litigation and community lawyering strategies to combat displacement and gentrification. Marika also represents Legal Services NYC on the Steering Committee of the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition. Previously, Marika was the Managing Attorney at Make the Road New York, where she helped lead a team of attorneys and advocates providing legal services in support of community organizing in working class, immigrant communities.