Legal Aid Society


LAS in the News 07.29.22

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: City fails to place homeless families with minor children

City Limits: NYC Struggles to Make Shelter Space for Rising Homeless Population
W42ST: Hotel to House Asylum Seekers As City Officials Call for Permanent Shelter Solutions
NBC4: NYC Homeless Office Cleared Out After Families Seeking Asylum Slept on Floor
NYT: Adams Blames Migrants for Shelter Woes. Critics Say That’s Too Simple.
NBC New York: Calls for Hearings After Influx of Migrants
The City: Homeless Shelters are Overflowing — And Most Likely in Poor Areas
Patch: $8M Plan To Reach Homeless In Stores, Banks And Other Non-Public Space
W42ST: Mayor Adams Announces $8m Assistance Fund
Crain’s: City forced to house homeless families in offices for first time since 2014
NBC4: Migrants Being Sent to NYC From Texas — to the Wrong Places, With No Help

LAS calls for “good cause” eviction protections as rents soar, evictions rise

Times Union Commentary: New York needs a statewide good-cause eviction law – now
6SQFT: As rents increase in New York City, so do evictions
Capitol Pressroom: Local ‘Good Cause’ laws get tied up in court
City Limits: NYC Evictions Have Increased Every Month This Year
Patch: Third Of NYC Listings Once Belonged To Priced-Out Tenants: Study
Brick Underground: A call for Good Cause legislation, another interest rate hike, & more
Pix 11: NY evictions on the rise as renters are being priced out

Immigration advocates decry reckless transfers from ICE detention

City Limits: ICE Transfers Detained Immigrants From NY Jail Without Notice
DocumentedNY: ICE Suddenly Transfers Dozens of Immigrants Detained in Orange County
Hell Gate: ICE Just Abruptly Moved Dozens of Immigrant Detainees From NY to Mississippi
Gothamist: ICE detention facilities are emptying, with local immigrants moved across the country
Daily Kos: Man transferred by ICE from New York to Mississippi without any prior notice

Amid heatwave, LAS demands protections for incarcerated New Yorkers

AMNY: City pols, Corrections Department spar over surprise Rikers visit amid heatwave
Queens Daily Eagle: Legal Aid calls on DOC to help detainees beat the heat
The Cut: How to Help Those Suffering Amid the Heat Wave
City Limits: Some Rikers Detainees Had No Air Conditioning During Heat Wave, Lawmakers Say

More LAS in the news

Queens Daily Eagle: LAS appoints attorney-in-charge of Queens Neighborhood Office
NYT: Unlikely Fans of Supreme Court Ruling on Guns: Public Defenders
NYDN: Rikers Island staff failed to treat inmate who died of diabetes complications, her family says
The City: Attorneys Use Supreme Court Gun Decision to Challenge Possession Charges
NYLJ: Assigned Counsel Hopeful That Court-Ordered NYC Pay Raise Applies Statewide
NYDN: Brooklyn woman convicted of husband’s murder-for-hire is getting new trial
Norwood News: Council Appeals Decision that Stops Non-Citizens from Voting
NY Now: Hochul has Chance to Reshape NY’s High Court now that the Chief Judge is Resigning
NYT: He Runs a New York Real Estate Empire. Did He Steal It?
The City: Dashawn Carter Missed Nearly 100 Clinic Appointments at Rikers Before Dying
El Diario: Autoridades de Rikers Island niegan que cárcel sea “la isla del horror”
WNYC: Solitary confinement persists at Rikers Island, just by different names
Gothamist: Solitary confinement persists at Rikers Island, just by different names
Law360: How Some NY Judges Are Unpausing Eviction Cases
Politico: Making Moves – Julia McNally The right to counsel: A moral imperative for Jersey City | Opinion