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LAS in the News 07.16.21

At The Legal Aid Society our Civil, Criminal Defense, Juvenile Rights, and Pro Bono practices work tirelessly in and out of the courtroom to defend our clients and dismantle the hidden, systemic barriers that can prevent them from thriving in New York City. We seek to be a beacon of hope for those who feel neglected —regardless of who they are, where they come from, or how they identify. Our experienced teams provide comprehensive services, support, and advocacy that protect rights, keep families and communities together, and in many cases, saves lives. 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:

LAS secures temporary halt to transfers of disabled homeless New Yorkers

NYT: New York’s Plan to Move Homeless People From Hotels Is Blocked by Judge
NYDN: Homeless in hotels can stay put for now, says federal judge
NY Post: Judge pauses NYC’s push to evict homeless from hotels
NY1: Judge allows homeless residents to remain in hotels for now
ABC7: Judge pauses transfer of disabled homeless New Yorkers from hotels to shelters
Politico: Judge grants temporary restraining order in legal fight over homeless transfers
Pix 11: Judge halts NYC plan to move homeless out of hotels
Hamodia: Judge Orders NYC to Let Homeless Stay in Hotels
City & State: This week’s biggest Winners & Losers
City Limits: Judge Halts Homeless Hotel Transfers
El Diario: Juez frena traslado de 8,000 desamparados de hoteles a refugios pero la Ciudad
NYT: N.Y.C. Halts Plan to Move Homeless People From Hotels After Legal Filing
NY1: Women speak out against hotel transfer to homeless shelter
Pix 11: Homeless hotels move out temporarily halted in NYC
City Limits: Shelter Residents Challenge de Blasio’s Homeless Hotel Clearance Policy in Court
Newsweek: Disabled Homeless New Yorkers Sue City for Putting Them Back in Shelters
The Washington Newsday: Disabled homeless people in NYC are suing the city
NY Post: NYC’s push to move homeless from hotels to shelters halted in court
Crain’s: The Lucerne Hotel is planning fall comeback as other shelter hotels face roadblocks
Pix 11: Homeless disabled New Yorkers sue de Blasio administration
I Love The Upper West Side: Lucerne Plans to Reopen as Commercial Hotel this Fall
NYLJ: Jenner & Block Sues to Block ‘Chaotic’ Move of At-Risk Homeless Population Out of Hotels
Fox 5: Protesters rally to oppose moving homeless New Yorkers from hotels to shelters
CBS 2: Advocates Rally Against Decision To Move Homeless Individuals From Hotels To Shelters
NYT: Homeless People’s Plight at Center of N.Y.C. Plan to Revive Manhattan
AMNY: NYC cautiously continues moving homeless out of hotels and back to shelters

LAS condemns disgusting condition of NYC courthouses

NYDN: NYC courthouses are in decrepit and ‘historically unsanitary’ condition, photos show
Patch: Decrepit NYC Courthouses Disgust Watchdogs As Workers Return
Queens Daily Eagle: Attorneys call out city for unsanitary court conditions
Law360: NY Defenders Union Rips ‘Deplorable’ Courthouse Conditions
NYDN: Mayor wrongly says NYC not responsible for filthy conditions in courthouses

Survivors of human trafficking call on Governor to sign START act

Politico Playbook: Survivors of Human Trafficking Call on Governor Cuomo to Sign START Act
News10 Albany: Supporters of the START Act ask Governor to sign the bill
News 10 Binghamton: START Act would assist victims of trafficking

More LAS in the news

Yahoo News: NYPD’s new ‘game truck’ draws scrutiny from critics
The City: Blood Pressure: Workers Say NYC Lab Firm Discriminated Against Chinese Employees
Law360: Immigrants Find Hurdles, Not Protection In Pot Legalization
Law360: NY Attys May Ethically Advise Pot Businesses, Accept Stakes
Gothamist: Advocates Say Rental Assistance Might Not Be Reaching The Most Vulnerable
Yahoo News: New NYPD ‘Game Truck’ met with mixed reaction of both praise and skepticism
Youth Today: Homicide likely to be only crime charged to New Yorkers under 12
The City: Queens Senator Calls for Blood Lab Probe After Discrimination Claims Revealed
Law360: Chinese Health Care Workers Accuse Lab Co. Of Ethnic Bias
The City: The State Distributed $0 in Rent Relief in Program’s First Month
Daily Mail: DA petitioned to reopen case amid accusations of a coerced confession
NY1: Applicants still waiting for funding from state COVID rental relief program
NBC4: Police Say Man Tased at Harlem Subway Station Taunted Officers, Critics Claim Brutality
Queens Chronicle: Petition seeks to reopen Lewis case
City Limit: NY’s Rent Relief Program Has Yet to Cut a Check 
NBC: EXPLAINER: Will Eviction Relief Efforts in New York Be Enough?
Gothamist: De Blasio Says Man Tased Acted Aggressively, But Criticizes Lack Of De-Escalation
QNS: Queens senator calls for investigation into anti-Chinese employment discrimination