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NYLPI, with co-counsel Mayer Brown, announces today that it settled a federal court lawsuit against the City of New York to provide accessible police transportation for people who use wheelchairs at the time of their arrest. NYLPI filed an Amended Complaint in May 2016 on behalf of Robert Filer. This lawsuit alleged that for many years the New York City Police Department repeatedly arrested people who use wheelchairs in a dangerous and discriminatory manner, by failing to use accessible vehicles when transporting them. Individuals who have mobility disabilities have repeatedly sued the New York City Police Department over the past decade, ...
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For over 40 years, NYLPI has worked to meet the legal needs of underserved, underrepresented New Yorkers and their communities. Through its Disability Justice Program, NYLPI has lead the fight for disability rights in New York City, making the City a more welcome place for those persons with disabilities who call it home, as well as its thousands of visitors. Every day, NYLPI fights to ensure that the 140,000 students with special needs in New York City, including those with learning disabilities, can access appropriate programs and services. A.8262/S.6581, which was passed unanimously by the New York State Legislature and is ...
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Last week on August 9th 2017, Lauren Quijano, Health Justice Community Organizer, hosted a medical letter writing workshop “Melting the ICE: Breaking Down Barriers in Immigration Detention” with partnering physicians in NYLPI’s Medical Provider Network, in an effort to share strategies for writing medical advocacy letters for people held in immigration detention facilities.   More physicians continue to join the New York Lawyers for the Public Interests’ Medical Provider Network, as part of the Health Justice Program. NYLPI continues to connect with physicians in New York, New Jersey, and in other states who can help provide medical advocacy to clients and their ...
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The New York Lawyers for the Public Interest stands in solidarity with Heather Heyer, her family, the people of Charlottesville, and all of our communities. Heather Heyer, a paralegal in Charlottesville was standing up to racism and white supremacy on August 12, 2017.  She was standing up for NYLPI’s values and doing what our community does everyday. We condemn the murder of Heather Heyer and the violence against others who stood up against racism that day in Charlottesville. Heather’s murder ignites us to work even harder with our communities in the struggle for social justice. We will not let this tragedy hinder our ...
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Environmental Justice

According to a new analysis by NYLPI and Transform Don’t Trash NYC, the private sanitation industry in NYC has not improved its recycling performance despite new city rules clarifying which materials must be sorted for recycling at commercial businesses. NYLPI and other advocates continue to gather evidence that private waste haulers may in fact be landfilling materials designated for recycling under city law. Read the press release and the coverage in the New York Daily News and Waste Dive ...
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The report analyzes data released by the NYC Department of Education and reveals disparities and recommends strategies for improving the rates of PE instruction across the city. The data was released pursuant to Local Law 102 of 2015, a widely supported bill that was promoted by NYLPI and its community partners in the Physical Education for All Coalition. Click here for the full report Read the coverage in Politico, the New York Daily News, AM New York, and Chalkbeat ...
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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, the El Diario coverage, the City Lab coverage, and The Real Deal coverage ...
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Health Justice

Last week on August 9th 2017, Lauren Quijano, Health Justice Community Organizer, hosted a medical letter writing workshop “Melting the ICE: Breaking Down Barriers in Immigration Detention” with partnering physicians in NYLPI’s Medical Provider Network, in an effort to share strategies for writing medical advocacy letters for people held in immigration detention facilities.   More physicians continue to join the New York Lawyers for the Public Interests’ Medical Provider Network, as part of the Health Justice Program. NYLPI continues to connect with physicians in New York, New Jersey, and in other states who can help provide medical advocacy to clients and their ...
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NYLPI is excited to announce that Weil, a longtime partner of NYLPI, has sponsored a new Senior Staff Attorney position through a generous gift.  With fundamental rights under attack, this gift will increase our capacity at a time of critical need.  We welcome Marinda van Dalen, an attorney with decades of civil rights litigation experience, to this new role.  “Weil hopes that this gift will help NYLPI to continue fighting for the civil rights of New Yorkers most in need,” said David J. Lender, the Global Co-Head of Weil’s Litigation Department and a NYLPI Board Member.  “We also hope that ...
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On June 27, 2017, Laura Redman, HJ Director, joined Human Rights Watch and CIVIC in a national webinar Fighting for Dignity: Advocacy Tools for Improving Medical Care for Immigrants in Detention.  Laura discussed how NYLPI's work and recent report documented how deficient medical care leads to severe pain, illness, and sometimes needless death for immigrants in detention and creative efforts to advocate on an individual and local level that have had a real and promising impact. The webinar shared stories and provided tips on how to replicate these efforts around the country ...
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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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Disability Justice

NYLPI, with co-counsel Mayer Brown, announces today that it settled a federal court lawsuit against the City of New York to provide accessible police transportation for people who use wheelchairs at the time of their arrest. NYLPI filed an Amended Complaint in May 2016 on behalf of Robert Filer. This lawsuit alleged that for many years the New York City Police Department repeatedly arrested people who use wheelchairs in a dangerous and discriminatory manner, by failing to use accessible vehicles when transporting them. Individuals who have mobility disabilities have repeatedly sued the New York City Police Department over the past decade, ...
Read More
For over 40 years, NYLPI has worked to meet the legal needs of underserved, underrepresented New Yorkers and their communities. Through its Disability Justice Program, NYLPI has lead the fight for disability rights in New York City, making the City a more welcome place for those persons with disabilities who call it home, as well as its thousands of visitors. Every day, NYLPI fights to ensure that the 140,000 students with special needs in New York City, including those with learning disabilities, can access appropriate programs and services. A.8262/S.6581, which was passed unanimously by the New York State Legislature and is ...
Read More
NYLPI is excited to announce that Weil, a longtime partner of NYLPI, has sponsored a new Senior Staff Attorney position through a generous gift.  With fundamental rights under attack, this gift will increase our capacity at a time of critical need.  We welcome Marinda van Dalen, an attorney with decades of civil rights litigation experience, to this new role.  “Weil hopes that this gift will help NYLPI to continue fighting for the civil rights of New Yorkers most in need,” said David J. Lender, the Global Co-Head of Weil’s Litigation Department and a NYLPI Board Member.  “We also hope that ...
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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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