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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 Joins Federal Anti-Solitary Taskforce In Urging President Biden and Vice-President Harris to Pass the End Solitary Confinement Act

NYLPI Joins Federal Anti-Solitary Taskforce In Urging President Biden and Vice-President Harris to Pass the End Solitary Confinement Act

NYLPI joined the Federal Anti-Solitary Taskforce in signing a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris regarding the End Solitary Confinement Act. "We, the undersigned civil rights, human rights, faith, and health organizations and leaders,...

NYLPI and NY Renews Call on New York State Assembly to Pass the HEAT Act and Lower Utility Bills, Create More Jobs for New Yorkers

NYLPI and NY Renews Call on New York State Assembly to Pass the HEAT Act and Lower Utility Bills, Create More Jobs for New Yorkers

As a steering committee member of the NY Renews coalition, NYLPI calls on Governor Hochul and the Legislature to fund shovel-ready green infrastructure and resilience projects in this year's budget and pass critical bills including the NY HEAT Act, the Climate Change...

The Daily: Episode on “The Failures of Police Bodycam Footage Oversight” Discusses NYT Article Featuring Ruth Lowenkron

The Daily: Episode on “The Failures of Police Bodycam Footage Oversight” Discusses NYT Article Featuring Ruth Lowenkron

THE DAILY | JANUARY 2023 Ruth Lowenkron, director of Disability Justice at NYLPI, was featured in a New York Times Magazine story about the failures of bodycam footage in instances of police violence. Eric Umansky, ProPublica editor, discusses that story and more on...

Former NYLPI Health Justice Client Speaks to the Necessity of Life-Saving Health Coverage Regardless of Citizenship Status

Former NYLPI Health Justice Client Speaks to the Necessity of Life-Saving Health Coverage Regardless of Citizenship Status

Last week, NYLPI's Health Justice team joined the #Coverage4All Coalition for a rally to demand New York State expand healthcare coverage to all low-income New Yorkers by amending the 1332 federal waiver and passing Coverage for All (S2237B/ A3020B) legislation in the...

Karina Albistegui Adler Featured Speaker at National Kidney Foundation’s Greater New York Symposium

Karina Albistegui Adler Featured Speaker at National Kidney Foundation’s Greater New York Symposium

Karina Albistegui Adler, co-director of Health Justice, NYLPI, will speak on a panel at the National Kidney Foundation’s Annual Greater New York Symposium 2024: Optimizing Kidney Health, Maximizing Care. National Kidney Foundation serving Greater New York’s Annual...

Event Recap: Paola Martinez-Boone Hosted Special Education Training Sessions in Brooklyn

Event Recap: Paola Martinez-Boone Hosted Special Education Training Sessions in Brooklyn

Paola Martinez-Boone, senior advocate/special education coordinator, NYLPI, provided a training regarding planning for the future for individuals with disabilities at Monday’s Brooklyn Developmental Disabilities general meeting. This training addressed over fifty...

Event Recap: NYLPI Disability Justice Staff Attended Daniel’s Law Advocacy Day in Albany

Event Recap: NYLPI Disability Justice Staff Attended Daniel’s Law Advocacy Day in Albany

William Juhn, senior staff attorney, Disability Justice at NYLPI, and William Eck, Stanford Public Interest Legal Fellow, NYLPI, visited Albany for a legislative advocacy day on January 17, 2024. The two NYLPI Disability Justice staff members joined legislators,...

NYLPI’s Response to Governor Kathy Hochul’s State of the State Address

NYLPI’s Response to Governor Kathy Hochul’s State of the State Address

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) issues the following response to Governor Kathy Hochul’s State of the State Address on issues impacting Disability Justice, Environmental Justice, and Health Justice: Mental Health NYLPI commends the Governor for the...

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