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Immigrant Justice

What We do

More than three million immigrants live in New York City. They helped weave the fabric of the City’s history and are critical to its future. Yet these communities face unjust and unlawful barriers to living, working, going to school, and accessing healthcare. Entrenched barriers based on immigration status leave hundreds of thousands without medical care. Government agencies routinely deny access to services based on language ability—often a form of discrimination based on national origin.

Changes to immigration policy and increased enforcement have created fear of accessing government services and critical medical care. Recently proposed revisions to the “public charge” rules are projected to cause significant pullback in community members’ using government health and food security programs – even for children – because eligible immigrants are afraid of risking their status. Drastically reduced federal civil rights enforcement has left our client communities more vulnerable to abuse.

NYLPI has a long commitment to immigrant justice and to addressing the challenges faced by immigrant communities. Notable successes include our coalition efforts that achieved Executive Order 26, a statewide language access policy that demands that state agencies that interact directly with the public translate vital public documents in the most common non-English languages and provide interpretation services, and SafeRx, a law requiring pharmacy and mail-order chains to provide translation and interpretation. Our class action litigation resulted in the New York City Transit Authority’s robust language access policy for Access-A-Ride, the City’s paratransit service for people with disabilities. Our current litigation challenges the human rights crisis in healthcare for people in immigration detention. We fight for healthcare for undocumented uninsured immigrants with serious health conditions whose status should not bar access to health insurance and effective medical care. We will continue to adapt and respond to the rapid pace of changing needs of our immigrant communities.

GET HELP

If you are a person with a serious health condition and you are uninsured; in immigration detention; or denied language access at hospitals – we may be able to help.  Please also call us if you are have trouble accessing any government services because of language access.  Please call (212) 244-4664, Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Campaigns

Transplant Equity Campaign

Fair Housing

Rapid gentrification in New York City has created an affordable housing crisis. People with disabilities and immigrants are at particular risk for discrimination.

Health in Immigration Detention

Thousands of immigrant New Yorkers receive abysmal health care in immigrant detention facilities in and around the City.

Coverage4All

As part of the Coverage 4 All Coalition Steering Committee, we pursue health coverage for all New Yorkers regardless of immigration status.

UndocuCare

For the 250,000 immigrant New Yorkers who are undocumented and uninsured, access to healthcare is deeply limited.

Cases

Sosa v. Hudson County

Bonilla v. Hudson County

The family of Carlos Bonilla, a father of four who died from internal bleeding in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention, has filed a lawsuit against Hudson County and those responsible for his medical care while he was confined to immigration detention at Hudson County Correctional Center.

Jorge v. NYC Transit Authority

For years, the New York City Transit Authority refused to make Access-A-Ride available to people with disabilities who had limited English proficiency.

Charles v. United States

Charles v. United States is a federal lawsuit against the United States for failing to provide mental health discharge planning to an individual with diagnosed mental illnesses who was confined to immigration detention.

Charles v. Orange County

Charles v. Orange County is a federal lawsuit challenging Orange County, New York’s unconstitutional “discharge and dump” policy targeted at New Yorkers with mental illness in immigration detention.

Staff

NYLPI Commends Attorney General James for Stopping School Bus Companies’ Excessive Idling in Low-Income Communities of Color in New York

NYLPI Commends Attorney General James for Stopping School Bus Companies’ Excessive Idling in Low-Income Communities of Color in New York

Suhali Méndez, Policy and Legislative coordinator at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, was featured in a press release by New York Attorney General Letitia James which announced settlements with four school bus companies to stop illegal excessive idling at...

The Buffalo News: New Data Suggests Pollution in Western New York Has Increased from Facilities with Expired Permits

The Buffalo News: New Data Suggests Pollution in Western New York Has Increased from Facilities with Expired Permits

THE BUFFALO NEWS | JULY 2024 According to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), facilities producing record amounts of air pollution in Western New York are also operating with Expired Title V permits. A Title V permit, issued for a period of five years,...

Op-Ed: “Morality Tale at a Cafe in the Village” Justin Wood and Shaun Abreu Respond to New York Times’ Story About Heroic Sanitation Truck Driver

Op-Ed: “Morality Tale at a Cafe in the Village” Justin Wood and Shaun Abreu Respond to New York Times’ Story About Heroic Sanitation Truck Driver

Our Environmental Justice team, NYLPI Director of Policy Justin Wood and Shaun Abreu, New York City Council Member and Chairman of the Sanitation Committee, responded to a New York Times article about sanitation worker Angelo Cruz, shedding light on the conditions and...

Event Recap: “Housing is a Human Right” A Know Your Rights Discussion on Housing, Immigration and Health

Event Recap: “Housing is a Human Right” A Know Your Rights Discussion on Housing, Immigration and Health

NYLPI was honored to be a part of the Caribbean Equality Project’s 2024 Pride community event at Apicha Community Health Center: "Housing is a Human Right" A Know Your Rights Discussion on Housing, Immigration and Health. The June 25, 2024 program featured a panel...

NYLPI UncoduCare TGNCI+ Clients and Staff Attorney Participate In Report: “No Human Being Should Be Held There, The Mistreatment of LGBTQ and HIV-Positive People in U.S. Federal Immigrations Jails”

NYLPI UncoduCare TGNCI+ Clients and Staff Attorney Participate In Report: “No Human Being Should Be Held There, The Mistreatment of LGBTQ and HIV-Positive People in U.S. Federal Immigrations Jails”

Arielle Wisbaum, Health Justice staff attorney, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, alongside several NYLPI clients, participated in a new report about LGBTQ+ and HIV-Positive people's treatment while incarcerated in Federal Immigration jails. The report was...

NYLPI Joins 17 Advocacy Groups in Urging Gov. Hochul and Legislative Leaders to Fund Essential Transit Services

NYLPI Joins 17 Advocacy Groups in Urging Gov. Hochul and Legislative Leaders to Fund Essential Transit Services

NYLPI joins more than a dozen advocacy groups in a letter to Gov. Hochul, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Heastie, urging them to find funding for accessibility and other transit priorities immediately. We write to urge you to work with the...

The Boost: Ruling for Britt v. MTA Plaintiffs Brings Access-A-Ride Users Closer to Equal Fare Discounts

The Boost: Ruling for Britt v. MTA Plaintiffs Brings Access-A-Ride Users Closer to Equal Fare Discounts

THE BOOST | JUNE 2024 The ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in Britt v. MTA brings New Yorkers who utilize paratransit one step closer to fair fares. Currently, Access-A-Ride users pay $2.90 for every trip, regardless of the number of trips they take per month and...

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Christopher Schuyler Featured in Story Regarding Britt v. MTA Ruling

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Christopher Schuyler Featured in Story Regarding Britt v. MTA Ruling

BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE | JUNE 2024 Christopher Schuyler, managing attorney in the Disability Justice program at NYLPI, was featured in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle regarding the ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in Britt v. MTA. Currently, the MTA does not offer paratransit...

Disabled World: Access-a-Ride Users Win in MTA Equal Fare Case

Disabled World: Access-a-Ride Users Win in MTA Equal Fare Case

DISABLED WORLD | JUNE 2024 Disabled World has shared news of the ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in Britt v. MTA, which addresses unfair exclusions to public transit fare discounts that are available for traditional MTA service, but not for Access-a-Ride paratransit...

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