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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 ...
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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. Read the El Diario 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. Click here to see the coverage in the New York Law Journal ...
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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 ...
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Environmental Justice

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 ...
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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. Read the El Diario coverage ...
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TODAY: Racial Justice Litigation Workshop Tuesday, April 11th Environmental Justice as Racial Justice A Talk with Christine Appah-Gyamfi, Senior Staff Attorney, NYLPI Columbia Law School | Jerome Greene Hall | Room 701 4:20 pm - 6:10 pm Event URL: http://www.law.columbia.edu/content/racial-justice-litigation-workshop-environmental-justice-racial-justice Litigation plays a critical role in movements for racial justice. Across a range of cutting edge issues legal advocates work closely with movement leaders to mobilize litigation as one of the tactics deployed to combat structural racism. In this afternoon's program, Christine Appah-Gyamfi will speak on "Environmental Justice as Racial Justice." Christine Appah-Gyamfi is a senior staff attorney in the Environmental Justice Program for ...
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After full consideration, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) opposes the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.  Judge Gorsuch’s rulings raise serious concerns about his recognition of the civil rights of people with disabilities, individuals with health concerns, and immigrants, as well as the right to environmental protections for all. Click here to read more ...
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Health Justice

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. Click here to see the coverage in the New York Law Journal ...
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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 ...
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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. Read the report here. Read the Human Rights ...
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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 ...
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Disability Justice

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 ...
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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 ...
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The Deaf Justice Coalition announced the launch of a pilot program today by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) aimed at improving access to law enforcement services for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH). Several years of negotiations between the Deaf Justice Coalition, a New York-based coalition of d/Deaf rights advocates, and the NYPD led to the creation of this program in three police precincts in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. The program will require the NYPD to provide in-person, on-site American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters upon request and to equip officers with handheld tablets for ...
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After full consideration, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) opposes the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.  Judge Gorsuch’s rulings raise serious concerns about his recognition of the civil rights of people with disabilities, individuals with health concerns, and immigrants, as well as the right to environmental protections for all. Click here to read more ...
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