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LTE: Abolish the NYPD’s Illegal Genetic Stop-and-Frisk Database

The Legal Aid Society and the Innocence Project joined for a letter to the editor in the New York Daily News in response to a recent op-ed from NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill in defense of the City’s rouge DNA database.
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LAS in the News 11.22.19

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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New York Times Features The Legal Aid Society’s Digital Forensics Unit

The Digital Forensics Unit assists attorneys in all five boroughs in interpreting and using evidence from personal computers, mobile devices, and social media accounts.
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LAS Files Amended Medicaid Dental Suit, Demands Dentures for Cancer Survivor

The amended class-action, filed with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, challenges New York State’s rules on reimbursing certain dental services that advocates deem medically necessary, according to POLITICO.
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Need for Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act Affirmed by NYPD Report

As communities of color are still disproportionately targeted by police, The Legal Aid Society calls on Albany to make the legislative change immediately in their new session, reports POLITICO.
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LAS in the News 11.15.19

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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Housing Voucher Discrimination Plagues LAS Client Facing Eviction

Landlords stop returning Mr. Hines’ calls once they learn he has a Family Homelessness & Eviction Prevention Supplement that is offered through the city’s Department of Social Services, according to the Queens Daily Eagle.
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LAS Secures Destruction of Illegal NYPD Juvenile Fingerprint Database

The Legal Aid Society further calls for immediate oversight from the City Council and passage of the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology Act, reports The Intercept.
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Immigrant New Yorkers Face Uncertain Futures as Judge Considers Ending Some TPS Programs

A Federal court could rule that the Trump administration acted within its power to end Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from some nations, according to THE CITY.
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LAS Calls on Governor Cuomo to Support SWEAT Act

The proposed legislation would help workers recoup stolen wages, according to the New York Daily News.
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