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Support and Not Coercion: Rethinking Crisis Response in New York City

December 14, 2023 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A flyer for the event with a QR code for registration. Here's a description: Advocates, members of the public, and journalists will join Human Rights Watch on December 14, 2023, for a panel discussion of the shortcomings of the Adams administration’s punitive approach to the city’s mental health crisis. The panel will discuss how New York can adopt alternative solutions that don’t involve police or coercion and that could benefit all residents regardless of housing or disability status. The panel will feature Evelyn Graham-Nyaasi, advocacy specialist at Community Access’ Ruth Lowenkron, director of disability justice at the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest; and Carlos Ríos-Espinosa, associate disability rights director at Human Rights Watch. Eric Umansky of ProPublica will be the moderator. The program will be held from 12 PM to 2 PM at the CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room (9100), 365 5th Avenue New York, New York 10016

Support and Not Coercion: Rethinking Crisis Response in New York City
December 14 | 12 PM ET to 2 PM ET 

CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room (Rm. 9100), 365 Fifth Avenue New York, New York 10016

Join us on December 14 at the CUNY Graduate Center to reshape how New York City leaders approach mental health crisis response. This event marks one year since Mayor Eric Adams empowered police and service providers to remove those perceived to have mental health conditions from public spaces.  

There is growing interest in alternatives to policies that center coercion and police. In November, Human Rights Watch released a groundbreaking case study, spotlighting the Gerstein Centre in Toronto and its successful rights-centered approach to crisis response.

The distinguished panelists include Evelyn Graham-Nyaasi from Community Access, Ruth Lowenkron from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and Carlos Rios-Espinosa from Human Rights Watch. Eric Umansky from ProPublica will moderate the session.  

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CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave
New York City, NY
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