Legal Aid Society


LAS in the News 09.02.22

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 mourns Michael Nieves, 13th New Yorker to pass in DOC custody this year

AMNY: Corrections Department suspends guards after inmate fatally slashed his throat
Patch: Rikers Inmate Who Slit Own Throat Is 13th To Die In Jail: Advocates
NYDN: Rikers detainee dies after slashing his own throat; correction officers suspended in probe
Gothamist: Another death at Rikers as rate of fatalities exceeds 2021
NBC4: Three NYC Corrections Dept. Employees Suspended After Latest Death at Rikers
NY1: Three staff members suspended after 13th Rikers-related death in 2022: DOC
News 12: Inmate dies at Rikers Island, marking 13th death in DOC custody this year

LAS: Bank must return client’s deed, end eviction proceedings

The City: Dirty Deed: Queens Man Battles Eviction Despite Helping Fed Mortgage Fraud Case
Gothamist: Legal Aid asks financial institution to help Queens deed theft victim
Pix11: Queens man fights to keep his family home of over 60 years

More LAS in the news

Capitol Pressroom: A fresh start for trafficking survivors
Gothamist: Here are the most expensive NYPD lawsuits from this year
City & State: A timeline on the closure of Rikers Island
Queens Daily Eagle: Public Defenders Look for Answers About Monkeypox on Rikers
SI Advance: Monkeypox: Public defenders call out NYC officials over lack of vaccine transparency
NYP: NYC struggling to house busloads of migrants as hotel, intake center plan falls apart
Gothamist: As NYS’s top judge prepares to head for the exit, an old case shares the spotlight
NYLJ: A ‘Snake Pit’: Panel to Examine Legacy of New York’s Infamous Willowbrook State School
City Limits: NYC Considers Summer Camps to House Homeless Migrants
Daily Kos: New York officials say some migrants have been forcibly bused
Bloomberg News: Arrests for Low-Level Crimes Climb Under NYC Mayor Eric Adams
The Appeal: Trans Man Forced to Undergo Genital Exam at New York Prison: Lawsuit
Fox5: Could NYC migrants end up being housed at summer camps?
Prism Reports: Ban the Box policies reduce job barriers for formerly incarcerated people
NYDN: Thousands of migrants are pouring into NYC from Texas, straining a shaky shelter syste
NYS Focus: A Prison Used Solitary Confinement to Force a Trans Man to Undergo a Genital Exam