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LAS Offers Guidance to NYC Renters During Coronavirus Pandemic

The Legal Aid Society's Ellen Davidson spoke with Curbed about the most pressing questions tenants have about the developing situation.
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Op-Ed: Make the Coronavirus Eviction Moratorium Real

Jason Wu, a housing attorney in The Legal Aid Society's civil practice informs tenants about their rights under New York City's emergency eviction moratorium in today's New York Daily News.
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3 NYC Area ICE Detention Centers Report Immigrant Detainees on Hunger Strikes

This week, a medical worker test positive for COVID-19 at the Elizabeth Detention Center in New Jersey, stoking fears of an outbreak in the closed, unsanitary conditions of the jail. In response, detainees are refusing meals, report VICE.
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LAS Echoes Board of Correction’s Call to Release More Incarcerated New Yorkers Immediately

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the local jails continues to climb. BOC confirmed 38 COVID-19 cases among the jail population and staff. Another 58 individuals are currently being monitored for symptoms in the contagious and quarantine units, according to the New York Post.
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NYC Council Member Pushes for Legislation to Extend Paid Sick Leave to “Gig Economy” Workers

As the Coronavirus outbreak has brought New York City to a standstill, workers transporting people and food have shouldered the burden of delivering essential services to homebound residents - even as they themselves face increased risk of exposure to the deadly virus, reports POLITICO.
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Advocacy Groups Call for Rent Freeze for New Yorkers

Elected officials and tenants' rights advocates are demanding a freeze for residents hit hard by the destabilizing effects of the Coronavirus outbreak, which has crippled the economic life of America's largest city, according to Curbed NY.
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LAS Files Lawsuit to Free 116 Clients in Pretrial Detention, Incarcerated on a Parole Violation Hold

These individuals, by virtue of their age and/or underlying medical condition, are particularly vulnerable to serious illness or death if infected by COVID-19, according to the New York Daily News.
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Advocates Call for Release of ICE Detainees Amid Egregious Conditions During Coronavirus Outbreak

An entire unit of incarcerated immigrants have organized a hunger strike at the Essex County Correctional Facility in protest of lack of basic sanitation measures, according to NJ.com.
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City Orders Marshals to Suspend Evictions Indefinitely Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Earlier this week, the New York State Office of Court Administration suspended all eviction proceedings statewide but this moratorium did not include cases that were recently disposed of and transmitted to a marshal to execute, according to the Queens Daily Eagle.
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LAS Calls on DOCCS to Implement Video Conferences for All Parole Hearings

The Legal Aid Society called on the New York State Department of Correction and Community Supervision today to immediately suspend all parole hearings pending the installation of video conferencing technology - DOCCS currently only has one open video room, according to THE CITY.
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