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Supreme Court Underscores Rights of Students with Severe Disabilities to an Appropriate Education

In a unanimous ruling this week, the U.S. Supreme Court resoundingly rejected the claim that students with disabilities are merely entitled to a minimal educational benefit. The plaintiff in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District is a boy with

Posted in Disability Rights, Recent News

NYLPI Testifies at the Budget Hearing before the Committee on Immigration at the New York City Council

Sarika Saxena, Health Justice Staff Attorney, testified on behalf of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest at the Budget Hearing held by New York City Council’s Committee on Immigration. Ms. Saxena thanked City Council for its support of NYLPI’s

Posted in Health Justice, Immigrant, Recent News

NYLPI Featured in Metro New York Article Highlighting Health Impacts of Waste Facilities in NYC

Metro New York quoted NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney Melissa Iachan in an article illustrating how the clustering of waste facilities affects community members’ health. As the article highlights, more than three quarters of the City’s waste currently is processed in

Posted in Environmental Justice, Recent News

NYLPI opposes draconian elimination of federal Legal Services Corporation

NYLPI supports our Legal Services Corporation-funded colleagues and opposes President Trump’s attempts to eliminate funding that helps those most in need.  Civil legal services funding is effective and changes lives.  For example, last year’s $100 million in state legal services

Posted in Recent News

NYLPI sends coalition letter to City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito requesting increased funding for the NYC Commission on Human Rights

NYLPI signed onto a letter with the New York City Human Rights Law Working Group supporting continued, increased funding for the Commission to allow them to continue to bring civil rights cases in NYC!

Posted in Recent News

Legal Activism in Our New America

NYLPI Executive Director McGregor Smyth and NYLPI Legal Director Katie Rosenfeld will join distinguished panels of legal experts on “Legal Activism in Our New America” this afternoon, March 17. The panel is hosted by the New York County Defender Services

Posted in Recent News

NYLPI submits testimony to New York City Council Committee on Immigration

NYLPI submitted testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Immigration today, highlighting the stories of our clients and communities who are afraid to seek healthcare and other government services because of enforcement changes coming out of Washington.  We

Posted in Health Justice, Recent News

NYLPI gives testimony to the Public Housing Committee urging further support for NYCHA repairs and transparency in budget

NYLPI offered testimony to the Public Housing Committee’s budget hearing on March 13, arguing for increasing funding and transparency measures for NYCHA’s mold and pest problem. Poor housing conditions in NYCHA housing lead to mold and vermin infestations, which in

Posted in Health Justice, Recent News

Healthy Housing Resources Page

NYLPI is excited to announce the launch of our Healthy Housing Resources Page, designed to help New Yorkers with asthma or other breathing difficulties assert their right to a home that is safe for them to live in. Too many

Posted in Health Justice, Recent News

Director of Health Justice Laura Redman Addresses Health Crisis in Immigrant Detention

NYLPI’s Director of the Health Justice Program, Laura Redman, recently published this op-ed in the New York Daily News warning of a developing human rights crisis, as the new administration’s deportation policies will increase the number of persons being sent

Posted in Health Justice, Immigrant, Recent News