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LAS in the News 05.13.22

We have an intrinsic connection to the daily lives of New Yorkers. Here are a few of the places we made a difference, provided context or added valuable perspective this week.
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LAS Welcomes Twyla Carter as Attorney-In-Chief and Chief Executive Officer

Carter will be the first Black woman and first Asian American to helm The Legal Aid Society in the organization's 145-year history.
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LAS: Albany Must Create a NYC Public Housing Preservation Trust

The proposed legislation would provide NYCHA with additional funding opportunities to address a massive backlog of capital repairs and other operational needs.
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LAS in the News 05.06.22

We have an intrinsic connection to the daily lives of New Yorkers. Here are a few of the places we made a difference, provided context or added valuable perspective this week.
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LAS Decries Preliminary Vote to Raise Rent on Vulnerable Tenants

The Legal Aid Society is calling on the Rent Guidelines Board to freeze rent increases for low-income New Yorkers who are still reeling financially from the COIVD-19 pandemic.
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LAS: Young New Yorkers Must Have Counsel Before Police Interrogations

Proposed legislation would protect the rights of minors and has the support of law enforcement, former judges, and a coalition of over 100 organizations.
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Court: NYS Law Enforcement Must End Familial DNA Searches

The ruling comes as a result of a lawsuit brought by The Legal Aid Society to challenge the controversial genetic search technique, according to The New York Daily News.
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Op-Ed: For the Sake of Public Health and Safety, Pass the Treatment Not Jail Act

The legislation would expand the State's drug court diversion statute, allowing people with a mental health diagnosis or other disability to receive treatment and support as an alternative to incarceration.
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SI District Attorney Spent Controversial Forfeiture Funds on Facial Recognition Tech

The Richmond County DA used property and money taken from communities, with little to no due process, to fund surveillance of those same communities, as reported by The Intercept.
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Janet Sabel Reflects on Positive Changes at LAS

As she steps down from her role as Attorney-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer, Sabel praised the organization as a leader in holistic representation.
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