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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 to detention centers. “Under President Trump's newly released policies expanding who is considered deportable, many more of our neighbors will be held in detention until their cases are resolved.  They will be locked into an unsafe and intolerable situation.”  Our report released February 22, 2017 documents egregious, recurring medical neglect in three county jail immigration detention facilities in our area. Read ...
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Today, NYLPI was thrilled to honor Markus Diethelm, Group General Counsel of UBS, and Martin Flumenbaum, Senior Litigation Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP at the 24th Annual Law & Society Award Luncheon. "NYLPI is celebrating 40 years of work with and for our communities," said Executive Director McGregor Smyth. "Our success has been driven by both our partnerships with our clients, and the steadfast support of the legal community. Markus and Marty have been integral to our efforts to protect the rights of every New Yorker and to continue the fight for quality healthcare and housing, ...
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NYLPI's Health Justice Program released a report today documenting the serious, often life-threatening, deficiencies in the medical care provided to people detained in New York City-area immigration detention facilities. The facilities, County jails that contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), regularly failed to provide adequate medical care to those who were detained, violating their constitutional rights.  People confined to immigration detention have the right to adequate health care. Our work has shown that ICE and the County jails are delaying and denying necessary and essential care  - leading to devastating health consequences such as emergency surgery, delayed cancer ...
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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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Environmental Justice

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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New York Lawyers for the Public Interest is deeply dismayed that Donald Trump has appointed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. A former fossil fuel industry lobbyist, Pruitt has been a vigorous advocate for oil and gas companies as Oklahoma's Attorney General. Not only has he led legal challenges to efforts to combat climate change, he has used his public office to singularly advance the positions of energy companies and their lobbyists, who have contributed generously to his political campaigns and causes. We expect that as head of the EPA he will continue to act as an agent ...
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Health Justice

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 to detention centers. “Under President Trump's newly released policies expanding who is considered deportable, many more of our neighbors will be held in detention until their cases are resolved.  They will be locked into an unsafe and intolerable situation.”  Our report released February 22, 2017 documents egregious, recurring medical neglect in three county jail immigration detention facilities in our area. Read ...
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NYLPI's Health Justice Program released a report today documenting the serious, often life-threatening, deficiencies in the medical care provided to people detained in New York City-area immigration detention facilities. The facilities, County jails that contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), regularly failed to provide adequate medical care to those who were detained, violating their constitutional rights.  People confined to immigration detention have the right to adequate health care. Our work has shown that ICE and the County jails are delaying and denying necessary and essential care  - leading to devastating health consequences such as emergency surgery, delayed cancer ...
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Join our Health Justice Staff Attorney, Sarika Saxena, as she discusses an innovative new community lawyering model that she is implementing in our UndocuCare project. Working alongside Disability Rights Advocate, Michelle Kraus, and talented law student, Ricky He, 3L at CUNY Law School, our Schulte, Roth, Zabel Fellow, Noran Elzarka, 2L at CUNY Law School, and Rachel Shuman, Columbia School of Social Work student, the team created a group lawyering workshop, named "Accessing Community Together for Health Justice," or "A.C.T. for Health Justice." In the past 2 years, Sarika has been leading the project to connect immigrant New Yorkers with health coverage, which will likely face ...
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U.S. Rep. Tom Price as the head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would be detrimental to America’s health. With a dismal history of supporting policies that benefit the healthcare industry and the wealthy, Price’s appointment threatens the health of millions of Americans. This includes the 55 million people on Medicare, 10 million with disabilities, 65 million on Medicaid, 8.4 million children on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and 20 million people who have gained coverage through the ACA. But the negative impact of his appointment would not stop there; it would also jeopardize youth being able ...
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Disability Justice

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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NYLPI is thrilled to announce that Ruth Lowenkron joins us on October 17, 2016 as the new director of our Disability Justice Program. Ruth is a passionate and fierce advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, and we are delighted that she will lead our disability work at this critical time ...
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