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Op-Ed: Don’t Leave the Vulnerable with Less Defense in NYC Courtrooms

A joint op-ed in today's City Limits penned by NYC Defender organizations calls on City Hall to protect the rights of the NYC’s most vulnerable residents by maintaining funding levels for public defenders in its upcoming budget.
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LAS and Paul, Weiss Launch Litigation Campaign to Free TGNCNBI New Yorkers

As COVID-19 infection rates continue to soar in state prisons, these individuals are among the most vulnerable, reports The Appeal.
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Housing Advocates Demand Passage of “Good Cause” Legislation

In a recently issued letter to Albany leaders, LAS and partner organizations urge passage of a bill that would protect New Yorkers from eviction amidst the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis, the Queens Daily Eagle reports.
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Op-Ed: How to Prevent People From Getting Kicked Out of Their Homes When the Coronavirus Crisis Ends

The Legal Aid Society's Judith Goldiner and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez call for critical housing measures that go beyond the eviction moratorium to protect tenants across the state in the New York Daily News.
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Listen: Tina Luongo Joins ABA Podcast on Prison Conditions During COVID-19

Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Defense Practice at The Legal Aid Society, appeared on the American Bar Association’s JustPod to discuss the treatment of incarcerated people during the current pandemic.
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Stop-and-Frisk Attorneys Ask Court to Investigate NYPD’s Social-Distancing Enforcement

“Race is determining whether your encounter ends in [a cop] handing you a mask or handing you a summons,” Corey Stoughton, Attorney-in-Charge of The Legal Aid's Society's CDP Special Litigation Unit, tells POLITICO.
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LAS Urges City to Improve HRA Benefits Application Process

Thousands of low-income New Yorkers have been unable to access vital benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the New York Daily News.
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LAS Slams Virtual Conferences in Housing Cases Despite Eviction Moratorium

A new measure allows landlords to advance pending eviction cases without the tenant's consent, according to the Queens Daily Eagle.
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Report: New Yorkers of Color Continue to Shoulder Brunt of NYPD COVID-19 Related Enforcement

The Legal Aid Society released an analysis of social distancing enforcement conducted by the New York City Police Department including COVID-19 related 311 complaints, summonses and arrests, as reported by the New York Daily News.
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LAS Condemns Staten Island DA’s Call to End Decarceration Efforts During Pandemic

Christopher Pisciotta, Attorney-in-Charge of the Staten Island Trial Office at The Legal Aid Society, penned a letter to the editor in today’s New York Daily News in response to a recent op-ed by District Attorney Michael McMahon.
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