NYC Council Member Carlina Rivera Announces Passage of Introduction 0085-2024, Resolution 0340-2024

June 6, 2024

Disability Justice, Health Justice, Immigrant Justice, Media Coverage, News, UndocuCare, UndocuCare TGNCI+

Council Member Carlina Rivera

Arielle Wisbaum, Health Justice staff attorney, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, was highlighted in a press release by Council Member Carlina Rivera, whose new legislation, Introduction 0085-2024 and Resolution 0340-2024, strives to ensure that New York City can more effectively support services for newly-arrived immigrants.

Wisbaum recently testified to the New York City Council about NYLPI’s UndocuCare TGNCI+ program, which provides essential services to immigrant New Yorkers who are transgender, gender-nonconforming, intersex (TGNCI), or who are living with HIV, so they may sustain access to gender-affirming healthcare, HIV care, and housing through immigration legal advocacy.

“Equitable access to healthcare and employment opportunities for immigrants are basic human rights that New York City can and must guarantee. NYLPI applauds the passage of Intros. 0084 and 0085—legislation which will lay the groundwork for more compassionate and effective responses to the medical and mental health needs of asylum-seeking populations and migrants. This will be even more crucial for Black and LGBTQ+ immigrants, who are historically marginalized from health services and have poorer health outcomes due to bias and discrimination in care. The information collected through the legislations’ surveys will increase transparency in access to healthcare, housing, asylum navigation support, and employment, for all immigrant populations through reporting and trendspotting, ensuring city agencies are held accountable and can appropriately respond to areas needing improvement. NYLPI looks forward to reviewing the surveys’ results” – Arielle Wisbaum, Health Justice Staff Attorney, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

Read the full press release here.

Photo: Council Member Carlina Rivera speaks to the press.

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