Victor Monterrosa, Jr.

 Newark NJ

Civilian Complaint Review Board

Victor Monterrosa, Jr. is a people’s lawyer who practices at his own firm, Monterrosa Law, LLC. He is also an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law’s Urban Justice Clinic. Before starting his own practice, he worked at Legal Services of New Jersey appealing denials of Social Security benefits. From the fall of 2014 until the summer of 2018 he provided a range of legal services to homeless young people (ages 18-21) at the Youth Advocacy Center of Covenant House New Jersey. Victor is a commissioner of the Newark Civilian Complaint Review Board. He is a co-founder and organizer with Homes for All Newark, a broad coalition made up of Newark residents and organizations fighting to defend affordable housing in Newark. He is also a co-founder of the Urban Cooperative Enterprise Legal Center (UCELC) and sits on the Community Advisory Council for St. Stephan’s Grace Community Church in the Ironbound. 

He received his B.A. from Vassar College in 2007 where he organized and advocated for social justice issues through the Community Fellows Program. After graduating, he ran Operation Warm Heart, the emergency shelter program of the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. Victor became a full-time organizer his hometown of Newark in 2008, working on housing, development, employment, education, environmental justice issues and more. He received his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law | Newark in 2014. While in law school, Victor completed several fellowships. He was at Essex-Newark Legal Services' Housing Unit as a NYU Charles H. Revson LSPIN Public Interest Fellow, at the ACLU-NJ as a Marsha Wenk Public Interest Legal Fellow, and at the Center for Law and Metropolitan Equity (CLiME). He was also a Student Attorney in Rutgers School of Law's Civil Justice Clinic, where he represented indigent clients in Social Security appeals and subsidized housing issues. He was the Rutgers School of Law 2017 recipient of the prestigious Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Award. 

Victor is the son of Salvadoran immigrants, born in Brooklyn, NY, raised in Newark, NJ. He is a long-time social justice activist and organizer. He attended South Street School, Oliver Street School, and Science High School. He is happily married and raising twins.