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Equal Justice Works Fellow Shiva Prakash will be presenting at a workshop in Tonawanda on how to tap into state-level energy policy on community shared renewables to provide alternatives for more resilient and clean energy sources for an environmental justice community in Western New York in the wake of the Huntley Coal Plant closure. For more information, read the coverage in the Buffalo News ...
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On February 14th, NYLPI’s Daryl Samuel served as a panelist for “Pathways to Excellence: Excellence in Human Resources,” hosted by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York.  Derived from the Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence and featuring panelists from winners and finalists of the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards over the past eleven years along with a Selection Committee member, this workshop informed nonprofit leaders about strategies that work to achieve management excellence in human resources, spotlighting strategies for Cultivating Leadership.  NYLPI won a Nonprofit Excellence Award in 2010 ...
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The Feerick Center for Social Justice featured McGregor Smyth, Executive Director of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, as part of its Social Justice Luncheon Speaker Series.  McGregor spoke about Fighting Discrimination in Healthcare in 2018, including NYLPI’s work improving healthcare in immigration detention, ensuring coverage for DACA recipients, and eliminating indoor air toxins.  The Urban Law Journal was a co-sponsor of the event ...
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NYLPI and co-counsel Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. government last night after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a man with mental illness from immigration detention without planning for the continuity of his life-sustaining medical care. To read full press release click on post. Click here for PoliticoPro article     ...
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Environmental Justice

Equal Justice Works Fellow Shiva Prakash will be presenting at a workshop in Tonawanda on how to tap into state-level energy policy on community shared renewables to provide alternatives for more resilient and clean energy sources for an environmental justice community in Western New York in the wake of the Huntley Coal Plant closure. For more information, read the coverage in the Buffalo News ...
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NYLPI applauds Governor Cuomo’s proposed actions to close the loophole in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative regulations that leave the emissions from polluting peaker plants in environmental justice communities largely unregulated. NYLPI has been working closely with partners NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, UPROSE, and Environmental Advocates of NY to address this inequity in the treatment of power plants throughout the state and looks forward to continuing this work with NY DEC and the Governor’s Office as part of the initiative announced at yesterday's State of the State ...
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The New York City Council voted today to pass the Asthma-Free Housing Act (Intro385C), a bill that allows renters to live safely in homes free of mold, pests, and indoor health hazards. Councilwoman Rosie Mendez (D-2) worked for ten years alongside advocates in the Coalition for Asthma Free Housing – including New York Lawyers for the Public Interest in a key role – to pass the bill that mandates landlords clean up dangerous asthma triggers inside city apartments. Read the press release ...
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Yesterday at an event sponsored by NY Renews, a coalition of environmental, economic, and social justice organizations and labor, NYLPI Equal Justice Works Fellow Shiva Prakash presented a new and groundbreaking carbon polluter fee and reinvestment policy for New York State alongside coalition partners from Demos, New York Communities for Change, and ALIGN. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman spoke at the event and for the first time announced his public support of a carbon fee and reinvestment approach, describing the NY Renews coalition as an effective force and movement for change in the right direction: “It’s a workable, beautiful, feasible solution ...
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Health Justice

N E W S R E L E A S E For Immediate Release Contact: Hillary Wasserman 212-784-5704 hwasserman@groupgordon.com   Federal Lawsuit Against the United States Challenges “Discharge and Dump” Policy Targeted at New Yorkers with Mental Illness in Immigration Detention New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (“NYLPI”), a leading civil rights advocacy group for marginalized New Yorkers, and co-counsel Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (“Simpson Thacher”) filed a federal lawsuit against the United States of America last night after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security,  discharged a man with serious mental illnesses from immigration detention without planning ...
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The Feerick Center for Social Justice featured McGregor Smyth, Executive Director of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, as part of its Social Justice Luncheon Speaker Series.  McGregor spoke about Fighting Discrimination in Healthcare in 2018, including NYLPI’s work improving healthcare in immigration detention, ensuring coverage for DACA recipients, and eliminating indoor air toxins.  The Urban Law Journal was a co-sponsor of the event ...
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NYLPI and co-counsel Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. government last night after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a man with mental illness from immigration detention without planning for the continuity of his life-sustaining medical care. To read full press release click on post. Click here for PoliticoPro article     ...
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New York Lawyers for the Public Interest applauds the Cuomo Administration’s announcement that recipients under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in New York State will remain eligible for State-funded Medicaid. NYLPI has been working with its Coverage4All coalition partners to advocate for continued Medicaid-eligibility for DACA recipients and is encouraged by the Governor’s commitment to equity and health justice for all.  This announcement will positively impact the lives of our clients and community partners immensely, many of whom depend on life-saving treatment provided by Medicaid. On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Homeland ...
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Disability Justice

NYLPI and co-counsel Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. government last night after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a man with mental illness from immigration detention without planning for the continuity of his life-sustaining medical care. To read full press release click on post. Click here for PoliticoPro article     ...
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Today, DJ Director Ruth Lowenkron testified before the New York City Board of Correction, speaking out against the renewal of variances for the Board of Correction's Minimum Standards that negatively impacts the health and privacy of New Yorkers in prison. The three variances will lengthen the time period between psychiatrist visits for patients in prison on psychotropic medication; allow for IGRA tuberculosis screening and exempt those people admitted into prison who tested negative for tuberculosis six months prior to admission; and allow disclosure of medical diagnoses that are related to an injury sustained by prisoners. Unfortunately, the Board unanimously voted ...
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The New York City Council voted today to pass the Asthma-Free Housing Act (Intro385C), a bill that allows renters to live safely in homes free of mold, pests, and indoor health hazards. Councilwoman Rosie Mendez (D-2) worked for ten years alongside advocates in the Coalition for Asthma Free Housing – including New York Lawyers for the Public Interest in a key role – to pass the bill that mandates landlords clean up dangerous asthma triggers inside city apartments. Read the press release ...
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Tired of late pick-up’s? Annoyed at being on a vehicle for hours and getting a city tour? Sick of missing work, appointments, shows, dates? Frustrated with being treated badly because of your disability by a service you pay for? AARRG! (the Access-A-Ride Reform Group) -- comprised of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled (BCID), Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY) and Mobilization for Justice Legal Services (MFJ) -- wants your input.  Please fill out this survey -- https://goo.gl/28GKht -- today! If you have any questions, please contact:  Eman ...
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