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.
Yesterday, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and its coalition partners Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, Center for Independence of the Disabled New York and MFY Legal Services, announced at a news conference that they are building a new broad-based group of riders and other advocates to push for Access-A-Ride fixes and reforms. The group is called AARRG! – the Access-A-Ride Reform Group – an acronym reflecting typical rider frustration. The coalition and Access-A-Ride riders spoke out about a pattern of abysmal service, punitive application procedures and unfair treatment by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in a news conference outside MTA headquarters and at the MTA Board’s May meeting. Holding signs saying, “MTA: Stop the Access-A-Ride Horror Show!” and “Think the subways are bad? Try Access-A-Ride!,” riders told stories of hours-long rides, lost jobs and missed appointments, and called on the MTA, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to improve and reform the service. Intended as the MTA’s mass transit service for people with a wide range of disabilities, Access-A-Ride provides about nearly nine million rides annually. It often is the only way persons with disabilities get to their jobs, the grocery, medical appointments or to see family and friends. “As an Access-A-Ride user myself, I know too well how unbelievably frustrating this service is. It’s long past time for a complete overhaul so it really works,” said Eman Rimawi, Access-A-Ride Campaign Coordinator and Organizer for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), an organizing member of AARRG!
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NYLPI’s Health Justice Program has dealt with “the barriers” to traditional advocacy for “necessary and appropriate care,” by “turn[ing] to novel forms of advocacy … [and has] develop[ed a sustained analysis of patterns of poor care.” NYLPI’s program included individual advocacy, systemic strategies, impact litigation, and developing a network of medical professionals for reviews and analysis in support of advocacy. Human Rights Watch included NYLPI’s model as one of two creative strategies for addressing the lack of medical care in immigration detention facilities documented across the country. NYLPI thanks HRW for their collaboration and support.
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HJ Director Laura Redman and DJ director Ruth Lowenkron testified this morning at a City Council Committee on Women’s Issues hearing in support of a package of bills creating mandated race and gender impact assessments for City policies and cultural competency and implicit bias training for staff sponsored by Speaker Mark-Viverito, Councilmember Dromm and Councilmber Lander. Ms. Redman brought her experience of best practices from working with race equality impact assessments at the Commission for Racial Equality in London, England and Ms. Lowenkron included a specific ask to the Council to include disability in the package of bills as persons with disabilities make up a substantial portion of our population and experience extensive and disproportionate discrimination in all walks of life.
Laura Redman, Health Justice Director says: “Tobacco use causes devastating and preventable diseases in communities across New York City, and continues to disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. Local government programs to curb tobacco use — including Medicaid coverage for smoking cessation program– have already had a demonstrable positive effect. The bold steps proposed in this package of legislation will further reduce tobacco-related illness in our city.”