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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 Digital Action: Congestion Pricing Can Improve the Lives of People with Disabilities and You Can Help Shape It

NYLPI Digital Action: Congestion Pricing Can Improve the Lives of People with Disabilities and You Can Help Shape It

NYLPI encourages all New Yorkers to support Congestion Pricing, which will reduce traffic on New York City roads so that the vehicles that truly need to be there – Access-A-Ride (AAR) paratransit, emergency vehicles, and delivery trucks, among others – will get to...

Waste Today: Transform Don’t Trash NYC Coalition On Intro No. 55 Bill, Which Would Sharply Reduce Commercial Waste Truck Mileage Citywide

Waste Today: Transform Don’t Trash NYC Coalition On Intro No. 55 Bill, Which Would Sharply Reduce Commercial Waste Truck Mileage Citywide

WASTE TODAY | FEBRUARY 2024 The Transform Don’t Trash NYC Coalition, a group dedicated to improving New York City’s commercial trash industry, of which NYLPI is on the steering committee, was featured in a Waste Today story about Intro No. 55 of 2024, a new bill...

NYLPI and Transform Don’t Trash NYC Release Statement on Intro 055 of 2024, Which Would Re-Route Wasteful Diesel Trucks

NYLPI and Transform Don’t Trash NYC Release Statement on Intro 055 of 2024, Which Would Re-Route Wasteful Diesel Trucks

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) is a steering committee member of Transform Don't Trash NYC, a coalition dedicated to transforming New York City’s commercial trash industry to reduce waste and pollution, fostering clean and healthy communities for all...

Streetsblog NYC: Christopher Schuyler Interviewed Regarding Congestion Pricing Benefits at Brooklyn Rally

Streetsblog NYC: Christopher Schuyler Interviewed Regarding Congestion Pricing Benefits at Brooklyn Rally

STREETBLOGS NYC | FEBRUARY 2024 Streetsblog NYC reports that "only a little over a quarter of the city's 472 subway stations currently have full accessibility" and yet, these critical MTA upgrades are not full steam ahead just yet. NYLPI's Christopher Schuyler, senior...

NYLPI Joins Disability and Transit Advocates in Urging Gov. Hochul to use Outer Borough Transit Fund for Improvements Rather than Toll Discounts

NYLPI Joins Disability and Transit Advocates in Urging Gov. Hochul to use Outer Borough Transit Fund for Improvements Rather than Toll Discounts

NYLPI joins transit and disability advocates in a letter urging Governor Kathy Hochul and legislators to use the Outer Borough Transit Account to fund transit improvements, not toll rebates, and to make the final project list fully transparent and approved in a public...

NYLPI, Earthjustice and Five Orgs from Communities Historically Failed by Environmental Laws File First Case Brought Under NY’s Environmental Rights Amendment

NYLPI, Earthjustice and Five Orgs from Communities Historically Failed by Environmental Laws File First Case Brought Under NY’s Environmental Rights Amendment

NYLPI and co-counsel Earthjustice filed an amicus brief in the case Fresh Air for the Eastside v. New York, currently on appeal in the New York Appellate Division Fourth Department. Fresh Air is the first case brought under New York's Environmental Rights Amendment...

NYLPI Digital Action: Congestion Pricing Can Improve the Lives of People with Disabilities and You Can Help Shape It

Event Recap: NYLPI Joined Congestion Pricing Now Coalition for Rally in Support of Essential Accessibility Upgrades

NYLPI joined Congestion Pricing Now Coalition allies and advocates, State Senator Andrew Gounardes and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon at Brookyln's 9th Street subway station in support of congestion pricing, which will result in critically needed accessibility upgrades...

NYLPI AND NY LEGAL SERVICES COALITION THANK GOVERNOR HOCHUL FOR RESCINDING PROPOSED ‘SWEEP’ OF IOLA FUNDS EARMARKED TO HELP LOW-INCOME NEW YORKERS ACCESS JUSTICE

NYLPI AND NY LEGAL SERVICES COALITION THANK GOVERNOR HOCHUL FOR RESCINDING PROPOSED ‘SWEEP’ OF IOLA FUNDS EARMARKED TO HELP LOW-INCOME NEW YORKERS ACCESS JUSTICE

Thanks to the efforts of members of the New York Legal Services Coalition and many New York lawyers voicing their concerns, Governor Kathy Hochul removed the proposed raid on the IOLA Fund in her 30-day amendments. “New York Lawyers for the Public Interest thanks...

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