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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.

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NYLPI Interviewed by WNYC on Alternatives to Police Intervention in Mental Health Crises

NYLPI Interviewed by WNYC on Alternatives to Police Intervention in Mental Health Crises

Director of Disability Justice Ruth Lowenkron, along with Community Access Advocacy Coordinator Carla Rabinowitz, were interviewed on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show on alternatives to police intervention for people experiencing mental health crises. In the four and a...

NY Daily News: NYPD body cam footage depicts fatal police shooting of mentally ill Queens woman in 2018

NY Daily News: NYPD body cam footage depicts fatal police shooting of mentally ill Queens woman in 2018

NY Daily News covered video footage of the NYPD fatal shooting of Susan Muller. NYPD shot and killed Ms. Muller (pictured) on September 17, 2018, after she called the police to report a burglary in her home in Queens. Following public reports of the shooting, NYLPI...

NYLPI Op-Ed: Reduce NYPD Budget to Save Black and Brown Lives by Reforming Mental Health Crisis Response

NYLPI Op-Ed: Reduce NYPD Budget to Save Black and Brown Lives by Reforming Mental Health Crisis Response

NYLPI’s Disability Justice Director, Ruth Lowenkron, along with other prominent mental health advocates, penned a strong op-ed calling on the City to immediately reallocate a substantial portion of the NYPD budget and save the lives of Black and Brown New Yorkers by...

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