People confined to immigration detention have the right to adequate health care. A report by NYLPI’s Health Justice program shows that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and County jails are delaying and denying necessary and essential care – leading to devastating health consequences such as emergency surgery, delayed cancer diagnoses and worsening conditions of treatable diseases and pain. Click here to download a full copy of the report..
Many New Yorkers with asthma or other breathing problems live with conditions—mold, mice, or cockroaches—that are dangerous for them because of their illness. NYLPI’s Healthy Homes Resources Page offers a set of tools for tenants to enforce their right to a healthy home. Read more about how you can protect your or your family’s health.
New York City parents and advocacy groups have campaigned since 2009 to rid their schools of PCB contaminated caulking materials and PCB contaminated lighting fixtures that are actively leaking PCBs into classrooms. Read more about our PCB campaign.
On June 15, 2017, NYLPI and key coalition partners in Transform Don’t Trash NYC launched a new website, Trash Kingpins NYC, documenting some of the abuses regularly committed by leading commercial waste companies in New York City. The website was unveiled in an effort to counter the commercial sanitation industry’s recent attempts to brand themselves as good corporate actors and small start-up companies just trying to get by.
Last August, Mayor de Blasio and DSNY endorsed TDT’s vision to reform the commercial waste industry by implementing a zone system of collection, which would allow the city to impose higher standards on the companies, and increase transparency and accountability. In response, many of the leading commercial haulers joined together to create New Yorkers for Responsible Waste Management—an association formed expressly to oppose the reforms advocated for by TDT and which the Mayor has committed to implementing.
The website, Trash Kingpins NYC, was launched after many months of research, led by Justin Wood, NYLPI’s Director of Organizing and Strategic Research, and contains documents illustrating the poor behavior of the same leading companies fighting the reforms.
NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney Melissa Iachan was featured in press coverage of the website:
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NYLPI is testifying today in support of the Asthma Free Housing Act, which will require effective remediation and incentivize prevention of mold and pest infestations that trigger asthma. Read the DNA Info coverage.
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The New York City Bar on Wednesday presented its prestigious Legal Services Award to NYLPI’s Director of Health Justice, Laura Redman. The award recognizes Laura and her team’s groundbreaking work documenting the growing human rights crisis in immigration detention and ensuring quality healthcare for immigrant New Yorkers.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand led a letter with 11 Senate colleagues to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly demanding answers to a series of urgent questions after multiple reports of inhumane conditions in immigrant detention centers. Detained immigrants are not receiving adequate medical attention when they need it. The United States maintains the largest immigration detention infrastructure in the world, detaining approximately 380,000 to 442,000 persons per year.
“We have received multiple reports of detainees ending up hospitalized due to delays in treatment, or because they did not receive needed medication, or because of the lack of treatment plans provided for people with serious mental illness after being released from detention facilities,” the Senators wrote in the letter.
Three main points of NYLPI health in immigration detention program highlighted in the Senators letter include: current procedures for health intake assessments and discharge planning that ensure continuity of care, DHS provision of critical medical treatment such as dialysis and blood-transfusions, procedures and training to ensure limited English proficient (LEP) persons have access to qualified interpreters and translation services when seeking medical services.
“Earlier this year, our investigation exposed the growing human rights crisis in immigration detention facilities around New York City and documented serious, often life-threatening deficiencies in medical care. People confined in immigration detention facilities are held solely to ensure they attend future administrative proceedings. It is not supposed to be punitive. Many have lived, worked and raised their families in our communities as our neighbors for decades. They deserve access to basic healthcare in detention. They are not getting it. We support the Senators’ advocacy in this matter and hope the Senators’ actions will spur systemic change and restore justice to this vulnerable community. President Trump promises to deport more people; if more people are detained, the threat to their health will only increase,” said Laura Redman, Director of Health Justice at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.
Current administration is expected to send a formal response to the letter within the next 30 days.
Read the press release statement from Senator Gillibrand’s office here.
Read the full text of the Senator’s letter here.
Read the full NYLPI report on medical care in detention here.