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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

Gothamist: A Year and a Day After Raul de la Cruz Shooting, Another Mental Health Crisis Call Ends in Police Violence

Gothamist: A Year and a Day After Raul de la Cruz Shooting, Another Mental Health Crisis Call Ends in Police Violence

GOTHAMIST | MARCH 2024 In this Gothamist exclusive, Raul de la Cruz, a man shot multiple times by the police, and left within an inch of his life, while experiencing a mental health crisis last year, and his family discuss the trauma inflicted on them in what was they...

On the One-Year Anniversary of NYPD Officers Shooting and Nearly Killing Him While He Was in the Midst of a Mental Health Crisis, Bronx Man Sues NYPD

On the One-Year Anniversary of NYPD Officers Shooting and Nearly Killing Him While He Was in the Midst of a Mental Health Crisis, Bronx Man Sues NYPD

On the one-year anniversary of his shooting, Raul de la Cruz filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against the City of New York, Mayor Eric Adams, current Police Commissioner Edward A. Caban, former Police...

CCIT-NYC Responds to Queens Killing by Cop, Demands the City Act NOW to Ensure a Non-Police Mental Health Crisis Response

CCIT-NYC Responds to Queens Killing by Cop, Demands the City Act NOW to Ensure a Non-Police Mental Health Crisis Response

(NEW YORK) – Correct Crisis Intervention Today - New York City (CCIT-NYC) released the following statement after news reports about the death of Win Rozario, 19, who was fatally shot on March 27 in Queens by NYPD officers while experiencing a mental health crisis for...

Justin Wood Featured in Streetsblog NYC Story Regarding NYC Department of Sanitation’s Commercial Waste Zone Rollout

Justin Wood Featured in Streetsblog NYC Story Regarding NYC Department of Sanitation’s Commercial Waste Zone Rollout

STREETSBLOG NYC | MARCH 2020 Justin Wood, director of policy at NYLPI, was quoted in a new Streetsblog NYC story about Sanitation Department's slow rollout of its new commercial waste zone initiative. “The [commercial waste zone] system cannot achieve the...

Eman Rimawi-Doster Will Speak at CUNY Graduate Center on April 19 at NYCDOT’s Equity in Motion Summit

Eman Rimawi-Doster Will Speak at CUNY Graduate Center on April 19 at NYCDOT’s Equity in Motion Summit

Eman Rimawi-Doster, senior organizer, Disability Justice at NYLPI, will be a featured speaker at NYCDOT's Equity in Motion Summit on April 19, 2024 at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her panel, “Reconnecting Communities and Dismantling Inequitable Infrastructure,” will...

NYN Media: Ruth Lowenkron Featured in Story Regarding Daniel’s Law Pilot Updates, States “It Literally Will Save Lives”

NYN Media: Ruth Lowenkron Featured in Story Regarding Daniel’s Law Pilot Updates, States “It Literally Will Save Lives”

NYN MEDIA | MARCH 2024 Ruth Lowenkron, director of Disability Justice at NYLPI, was featured in a NYN Media story about the proposed allocation of $2 million towards a Daniel's Law pilot program. “This is only a piece of what is needed to make sure that we as a...

NYN Media: Ruth Lowenkron Featured in Story Regarding Daniel’s Law Pilot Updates, States “It Literally Will Save Lives”

NY Amsterdam News: Ruth Lowenkron Featured in Story on Why Funding the Daniel’s Law Pilot Program Matters

NY AMSTERDAM NEWS | MARCH 2024 Ruth Lowenkron, director of Disability Justice at NYLPI, was featured in a story alongside quotes from Daniel's Law co-sponsors New York State Senator Samra Brouk and Joe Prude, Daniel Prude's brother. “It’s a real exciting opportunity...

NYLPI Joins 50+ Civil Legal Organizations in Letter Urging Governor Hochul to Stop the ILSF Sweep and Fund Public Defense

NYLPI Joins 50+ Civil Legal Organizations in Letter Urging Governor Hochul to Stop the ILSF Sweep and Fund Public Defense

NYLPI has signed a letter endorsed by more than fifty legal services and advocacy organizations that urges Governor Kathy Hochul to fund the Indigent Legal Services Fund (ILSF). Governor Hochul correctly removed a $100 million proposed sweep of the IOLA Fund, which...

Sakeena Trice Submitted Testimony to NY City Council, Urging Significant Changes to BHEARD and Ending Involuntary Removal Policy

Sakeena Trice Submitted Testimony to NY City Council, Urging Significant Changes to BHEARD and Ending Involuntary Removal Policy

Sakeena Trice, senior staff attorney, Disability Justice Program at NYLPI, submitted testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction. "NYLPI urges the City Council to mandate significant changes in the Behavioral Health...

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