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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
NYLPI and PEAK Coalition Sign Memo of Measured Support for A6251B and Replacement of Peaker Facilities
NYLPI has co-signed a Memorandum of Measured Support for A6251B, which would produce the Pollution Justice Act of 2022 by amending environmental conservation laws, as a steering committee member of the PEAK Coalition. A6251B would support replacing all peaker plant...
New Yorkers – get engaged in achieving climate justice in our State! The draft criteria for disadvantaged communities developed by the Climate Justice Working Group is now out for 120 days of public comment. New Yorkers can submit written comments through July 7 or...
NYLPI co-signed a memorandum of support for A.196C / S.1576C, legislation that would put crucial protections in place for the 50,000 seniors and people with disabilities who reside at Adult Care Facilities (ACF) and their families. The bill outlines three situations...
NYLPI submitted testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Finance on key priorities in the city’s FY23 Executive Budget. Our recommendations span NYLPI’s core program areas and campaigns, including: Fully funding the City Council's Immigrant Health...
NYLPI has joined mental health, criminal justice, homeless rights, and other advocacy organizations in signing a Memo of Support for A.10239-A, an amendment to the 2022 New York Budget (in effect as of this month) that would ensure that individuals referred for...
On Saturday, May 14, a white supremacist New Yorker murdered ten people and shot three others in an anti-Black, racist attack at a Buffalo grocery store. Hate crime doesn’t begin to describe one of the deadliest racist massacres in American history. Nearly all of the...
NY DAILY NEWS | MAY 2022 NYLPI's Health Justice extern Galia Popov and Immigration Attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow Arielle Wisbaum penned a NY Daily News op-ed detailing the impacts of shackling on Kathy, a 32-year-old transgender woman from El Salvador....
NYLPI’s Director of Environmental Justice Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright commends the NY Attorney General's office for its leadership in response to a recent lawsuit addressing repeated and unlawful bus idling, noting the suit – which seeks monetary relief and a court...
NYLPI Supports Assembly Bill Promoting Autonomy of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
NYLPI strongly endorses Assembly Bill A8586-A, which promotes the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through supported decision-making. As the legislative findings for A8586A note, “[e]veryone uses supports” and people with disabilities...
NYLPI goes on record with strong opposition to Senate Bill S7374, which limits the rights of people with visual and hearing disabilities, removes incentives for digital spaces to be accessible, and places additional and unnecessary burdens onto people with...