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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 autism whose parents placed him in a private school after he made little progress in his public school district. The parents' subsequent claim for reimbursement was denied by the district court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that the child had made "minimal progress," and that was all that was mandated by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education ...
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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 immigrant-focused programs through the Immigrant Health Initiative and has requested for their continued support. Given the delicate political climate and ever-changing legal landscape under the current federal Administration, NYLPI’s client communities and immigrant-health focused programs, UndocuCare program connecting uninsured New Yorkers to health coverage and health in immigration detention facilities, are front and center in the fight. Ms. Saxena’s testimony ...
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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 just three predominantly low-income, minority neighborhoods in the South Bronx, Southeast Queens, and North Brooklyn. NYLPI’s Environmental Justice program has been advocating for waste equity for more than 20 years. The Metro article details the current legislative proposal in City Council to reduce the amount of waste processed in these three communities ...
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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 funding returned $1 billion – that is $10 for every dollar invested in civil legal services – to the New York State treasury.  Where else do you get such a return on investment and help people stay in their homes, their jobs, and take care of their families? ...
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Environmental Justice

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 just three predominantly low-income, minority neighborhoods in the South Bronx, Southeast Queens, and North Brooklyn. NYLPI’s Environmental Justice program has been advocating for waste equity for more than 20 years. The Metro article details the current legislative proposal in City Council to reduce the amount of waste processed in these three communities ...
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The New York Times featured NYLPI client Cleanup North Brooklyn and NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney Melissa Iachan in an article highlighting waste equity issues in North Brooklyn, the South Bronx, and Southeast Queens. Cleanup North Brooklyn recently released a report, Profits Before Safety, which documents a waste transfer station in the middle of their residential neighborhood committing over 1,260 violations of city and state law in the span of just six days. NYLPI’s environmental justice program has been a longstanding advocate in the fight for waste equity in New York City, and our work with Cleanup North Brooklyn represents an important ...
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NYLPI helped organize a rally of Bronx residents yesterday at Council Member Rafael Salamanca’s office in the South Bronx to demand action to reduce trash and truck pollution.  We called on the Council Member to support Intro 495A aimed at curbing trash and truck emissions in the South Bronx – which handles more than a third of the city's waste.  That burden results in high asthma rates and other health problems. Read the NRDC's coverage ...
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A new report from NYLPI and the Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition finds that New York City has an opportunity to create thousands of good-paying jobs by raising the city’s low recycling rate and investing in recycling and composting infrastructure. The study, titled “Clean City, Green Jobs: How Smart Recycling Policies Can Build Our City's Economy,” compared New York, which recycles or composts just 29% of its trash, to cities with far higher recycling rates. San Francisco, Seattle, San Jose, and Portland, OR recycle or compost as much as 70% of their waste stream and have at least 60% more jobs ...
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Health Justice

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 immigrant-focused programs through the Immigrant Health Initiative and has requested for their continued support. Given the delicate political climate and ever-changing legal landscape under the current federal Administration, NYLPI’s client communities and immigrant-health focused programs, UndocuCare program connecting uninsured New Yorkers to health coverage and health in immigration detention facilities, are front and center in the fight. Ms. Saxena’s testimony ...
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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 continue to hear from clients, community partners and medical providers of fear spreading across communities. This includes fear of being picked up by ICE at dialysis appointments, that hospital clinics won’t provide care, that they are at risk if they assert their rights in housing court, and that jaywalking or a low-level offense will lead to arrest and deportation.  Our ...
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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 turn threaten the health and even the lives of tenants with asthma or other respiratory diseases. NYCHA’s workforce is apparently unable to keep up with the level of maintenance and remediation necessary to protect residents’ health, and the lack of information on the extent of the problem makes finding alternative solutions difficult. Stronger budgetary support for repairs, combined with a ...
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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 people in poor health—particularly in low-income and public housing—live with mold or pests that produce asthma triggers, leading to avoidable asthma attacks or even hospitalization. NYLPI’s resources page aims to equip tenants who face such hazards with the tools necessary to protect their right to a healthy home ...
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Disability Justice

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 autism whose parents placed him in a private school after he made little progress in his public school district. The parents' subsequent claim for reimbursement was denied by the district court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that the child had made "minimal progress," and that was all that was mandated by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education ...
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NYLPI thanks everyone for all their hard work in reaching out to the Senate to advocate for the rights of students with disabilities during the confirmation hearings for education secretary. Although Secretary DeVos was confirmed, it was by the smallest margin possible – a tie-breaking vote cast by the Vice President – and our voices were heard.  We must maintain our advocacy and be even more vigilant than before in ensuring that our children receive the appropriate education to which they are entitled.  We must fight for: An excellent education for all; Enforcing the rights of students with disabilities under federal ...
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NYLPI’s Disability Justice program represents hundreds of students with disabilities every year.  These students depend on vigorous enforcement of federal civil rights laws, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  DeVos’ public record and confirmation hearing show that she is ignorant about civil rights and public education, and is actively hostile to enforcement of these key rights.  DeVos testified that enforcement of federal civil rights laws should be left to State and local governments.  She is opposed to reporting the use of federal funds by private schools and charter schools, including for-profit charter schools that stand to make millions ...
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This fall, NYLPI joined thirty national experts from the academic and nonprofit communities to submit proposals to U.S. government officials for “access to justice indicators” to guide data collection for tracking and promoting justice in the United States.  The recommendations are now available online. The project is a step towards U.S. implementation of Goal 16 of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Organized by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and the National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law School, and hosted by the Open Society Foundations in Washington, D.C., NYLPI and the other experts presented their recommendations ...
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