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12/22/23 LAS Statement on Governor Signing Legislation Banning “Frankensteining”
12/22/23 LAS Statement on BOC Report on Fire that Occurred on Rikers Island
12/22/23 LAS Lauds Pardon Granted for Kayode Oseni, Client at Risk of Deportation
12/22/23 NYC Public Defenders Urge Federal Lawmakers to Reject Immigration Reform Effort
12/21/23 Advocates Applaud NYC Council’s Passage of The Fair Chance for Housing Act
12/20/23 Advocates Laud City Council for Passing 549A to End Solitary Confinement
12/20/23 City Council Takes Historic Action by Passing the Fair Chance for Housing Act
12/20/23 #Right2RemainSilent Coalition Lauds City Council for Passing Resolution in Support
12/20/23 LAS Urges Mayor Adams to Sign the How Many Stops Act
12/19/23 LAS Files Contempt Motion Against City for Failing to Provide SNAP, Cash Assistance
12/19/23 LAS Statement on Resolution Adopted by the ALAA, UAW Local 2325
12/18/23 Advocates Call on NYC Council to Pass the Fair Chance for Housing Act
12/18/23 LAS Calls on Governor to Take Action on Hundreds of Pending Clemency Applications
12/15/23 LAS Lauds Voting Results on NYCHA Residents Joining Preservation Trust
12/14/23 Statement from Counsel for Plaintiffs in Nunez v. City of New York
12/14/23 LAS Statement on Integrity Issues Involving NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
12/14/23 LAS Lauds Decision Upholding New York’s Common Sense Discovery Laws
12/14/23 361 Attorneys, Advocates Call on Governor Hochul to Sign Appeal Waiver Bill into Law
12/13/23 LAS Calls on Governor Hochul to Sign the Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act
12/13/23 LAS Calls on Governor to Sign Bill to Better Inform Immigrants of Deportation Risks
12/13/23 Organizations Call to Pass Bill Ensuring Young New Yorkers Have Access to an Attorney
12/12/23 LAS, RHI Conclude Second Annual Know Your Rights Ambassador Training Series
12/12/23 Families, Advocates Condemn Governor’s Veto of the Preserving Family Bonds Act
12/11/23 LAS, RHI To Host Final Workshop in Know Your Rights Ambassador Training Series
12/08/23 Advocates Secure Victory in Lawsuit Challenging Abusive Debt Collection
12/08/23 LAS Statement on the Appointment of Lynelle Maginley-Liddie
12/07/23 LAS Call on District Attorneys for a Full Audit of the NYPD Latent Print Section
12/05/23 Advocates Rally in NYC, Albany to Save Legal Right to Shelter
12/04/23 Advisory: Rallies in NYC and Albany to Defend the Right to Shelter


11/30/23 LAS Calls on Governor to Sign Bill on Access to Sealing and Expungement of Records
11/29/23 LAS Calls on Governor Hochul to Sign the Preserving Family Bonds Act
11/29/23 LAS Statement in Response to the City Failing to Ensure Shelter for New Arrivals
11/27/23 LAS Secures Exoneration for Client Wayne Gardine
11/26/23 Advisory: Press Conference Following a Motion to Vacate for Wayne Gardine
11/20/23 Lucy Newman Named Supervising Attorney of LAS Public Housing Unit
11/20/23 LAS Statement on Distribution of $95 Million In ERAP Funding to NYCHA Residents
11/20/23 Plaintiffs in Nunez v. City of New York File Motion to Appoint a Receiver Over NYC Jails
11/16/23 LAS Lauds Governor Hochul for Signing the Clean Slate Act Into Law
11/15/23 LAS Statement on Resolution from Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW Local 2325
11/14/23 LAS Calls on Governor to Sign Bill to Create Black Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force
11/07/23 LAS Urges NYCHA Residents to Participate in Vote to Decide the Future of their Homes
11/06/23 LAS Condemns Housing of Children in Classrooms at Juvenile Detention Centers
11/06/23 Report Reveals NYC DOC’s Continued Failure to Ensure Safe Conditions in City Jails
11/01/23 LAS Calls to Abandon Plan to Shelter Families with Children at Floyd Bennett Field
11/01/23 Phil Desgranges Named Attorney-in-Charge of Law Reform for Criminal Defense Practice


10/31/23 LAS Honors Key Partners at 2023 Pro Bono Publico Awards Ceremony
10/27/23 LAS Secures Ruling Requiring the NYPD to Disclose Budget Contracts
10/26/23 LAS Statement on Legislation to Expand Opportunities for Children in Foster Care
10/26/23 LAS Statement on Elimination of the Notary Requirement in Civil Court
10/25/23 LAS Statement on the City’s Plan to Shelter New Arrivals in Outdoor Tents 
10/19/23 LAS Statement on the Court Directing Parties Into Mediation
10/19/23 Advocates Gather in Support of Critical Legislation to Serve Young New Yorkers 
10/18/23 LAS Responds to State’s Support of the City’s Request to Gut the Right to Shelter
10/17/23 Advisory: Youth, Advocates, Gather in Support of Legislation to Serve Young New Yorkers
10/17/23 LAS Statement on Mayor’s Comments that LAS Failed to Propose Solutions for New Arrivals
10/17/23 Mass Eviction by Maimonides Hospital Threatens Dozens of Healthcare Workers
10/16/23 LAS Statement on Plan to Shelter Families with Children at Floyd Bennett Field
10/16/23 LAS Statement on Employees Constructing Secret Areas at Closed Jail on Rikers Island
10/13/23 LAS Statement on Limiting Shelter Stays for Families with Children to 60 Days
10/12/23 Advocates Urge Governor Hochul to Sign Three HSTPA Reform Bills into Law 
10/12/23 Advisory: Advocates Launch Coalition to Support Right to Shelter
10/11/23 LAS Responds to Mayor’s Plan, Supported by Governor, to Get Right to Shelter 
10/11/23 Advisory: Advocates Urge Governor to Sign Critical HSTPA Reform Bills into Law
10/11/23 Advisory: Lawmakers and Advocates Call for Statewide Right to Shelter
10/05/23 LAS Statement on Latest Nunez Monitor Report on New York City Jails
10/05/23 LAS Statement on the Passing of Manish Kunwar
10/04/23 Advisory: LAS to Hold Zoom Availability on Mayor’s Application to Gut Right to Shelter
10/03/23 LAS Statement on Mayor’s Revised Application to Gut Right to Shelter
10/02/23 LAS Launches Campaign on Rights During Police Encounters
10/02/23 LAS, ALAA Call to Increase Aid for Attorneys Servings the Public Interest


09/28/23 LAS Statement on BOC Regaining Access to NYC DOC’s Video Footage Systems
09/25/23 LAS Releases List of NYPD Members with Highest Lawsuit Payouts
09/22/23 LAS Statement on Plan to Limit Shelter Stays for Adult Migrants to Just 30 Days
09/21/23 LAS Statement on Governor Hochul’s and Deputy Mayor’s Remarks on Right to Shelter
09/20/23 LAS Statement on Temporary Protected Status for Venezuelans
09/19/23 LAS Statement on City’s Proposal to Further Limit Shelter Stays for Single Adults
09/18/23 LAS Statement on City Failing to Timely Process Critical Benefits
09/08/23 LAS Statement on Governor Granting Clemency to Client Michael Martin
09/08/23 2023 Payouts on NYPD Misconduct Lawsuits Already Total Over $50 Million
09/07/23 LAS Statement on Mayor’s Remarks that the Influx of New Arrivals “Will Destroy NYC”
09/06/23 New Report Underscores Urgent Need to Establish Caseload Standard
09/05/23 Payne v. De Blasio Plaintiffs Respond to NYPD Protest Reforms
09/05/23 LAS Announces Agreement with NYPD to Reform Policing of Protests


08/30/23 LAS, Immigration Advocates Demand End to Policy that Violates Due Process Rights
08/30/23 LAS Statement on Xenophobic Rallies Protesting Temporary Shelters for New Arrivals
08/28/23 LAS Statement on White House Criticisms on Response to New Arrivals
08/28/23 LAS Files Lawsuit Against On Behalf of Hundreds of 24-Hour Home Care Workers
08/24/23 LAS Statement in Response to Governor’s Address on Asylum Seekers
08/24/23 LAS Statement on Statement on the Exoneration of Reginald Cameron
08/22/23 LAS Urges New Yorkers Whose Benefits Were Stolen Through Skimming to Submit A Claim
08/21/23 LAS Statement on Governor Providing City Additional Resources to Serve New Arrivals
08/16/23 LAS Statement on State and City’s Management of New Arrivals to New York City
08/14/23 100+ Organizations Demand Plan From Governor to Address Influx of New Arrivals
08/14/23 LAS Decries DOC for Failing to Conduct Fire Safety Inspections at Rikers Island
08/11/23 LAS Warns City Procurement Requests Will Gut NYC’S Tenant Legal Services
08/10/23 LAS Statement from Counsel for Plaintiffs in Nunez v. City of New York
08/10/23 City Data: City Marshals Have Already Executed 5,890 Evictions in 2023
08/09/23 LAS Statement on Mayor Adams’ Asylum Seeker Address
08/07/23 LAS Statement on the Latest Special Report from the Monitor in Nunez v. City of New York
08/04/23 LAS Statement in Response to Today’s Right to Shelter Emergency Court Conference
08/03/23 LAS Statement in Response to an Emergency Court Conference on Right to Shelter
08/03/23 LAS Secures Temporary Restraining Order Against Landlord For Predatory Scheme


07/31/23 LAS Secures Order Requiring City to Eliminate SNAP, Cash Assistance Delays
07/31/23 LAS Statement on the City Forcing New Arrivals to Languish on Local Streets
07/31/23 Attorney General, Advocates Call to Reverse Decision in Debt Collection Suit
07/19/23 LAS Statement on the City’s 60-Day Rule for Shelter Residents
07/18/23 LAS Statement on Governor Hochul’s Executive Order Handout to Real Estate
07/17/23 LAS Statement on U.S. Attorneys Calling for a Receivership of NYC Jails
07/17/23 LAS Statement on the Appointment of Edward Caban as NYPD Commissioner
07/13/23 LAS Lauds City Council for Voting to Override Mayor’s Veto of Key CityFHEPS 
07/12/23 LAS, CSS Raise Serious Concerns About NYCHA’s Plan to Demolish Apartments
07/11/23 LAS Statement Statement on Mayor Adams’ CityFHEPS Announcement
07/10/23 LAS Statement on the Latest Special Report from the Monitor in Nunez v. City of New York
07/07/23 LAS on City Sheltering Multiple Families With Children in a Congregate Setting on Cots
07/07/23 LAS Urges Biden Administration to Re-Designate TPS to Venezuelan Asylum Seekers
07/07/23 LAS Statement on the Passing of Ricky Howell, the 5th New Yorker to Die in Custody in 2023
07/06/23 Latest Report from Rikers Environmental Conditions Monitor Reveals Gross Non-Compliance


06/30/23 LAS Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Striking Down Student Loan Debt Forgiveness Plan
06/29/23 LAS Files Amicus Brief in Support of Plaintiff’s Right for a Speedy Hearing
06/23/23 LAS Statement on Mayor Adams’ Veto of Recently Passed Reforms to CityFHEPS
06/23/23 Public Defenders, Civil Legal Services Providers Call on Mayor to Support Increased Funding
06/21/23 LAS Statement on Rent Guidelines Board Voting to Increase Rents on Vulnerable New Yorkers
06/21/23 LAS Lauds Passage of Bill to Preserve Bonds Between Children and Families
06/21/23 LAS Secures Tax Exemption for Bed-Stuy Headquarters of the United Order of Tents
06/21/23 LAS Lauds Passage of Bills to Strengthen Rent Stabilization Laws, Protect Tenants
06/20/23 LAS Empire Justice, NYLAG Launch “Fair Hearing Help NY”
06/20/23 LAS Calls for a Rent Freeze for All Tenants Living in Rent Stabilized Units
06/20/23 NYC Council Members Call to Fund Public Defenders, Housing Right to Counsel
06/15/23 LAS Calls on Mayor Adams to Prioritize the Funding Needs of Public Defenders
06/14/23 LAS Statement on Forthcoming Right to Shelter Court Conference
06/14/23 LAS Calls for Investigation of Adams Administration’s Rollout of Surveillance Technologies
06/13/23 LAS Statement from Counsel for Plaintiffs in Nunez v. City of New York et. al.
06/13/23 LAS Statement on NYS Assembly Reconvening Next Week to Resolve Unfinished Business
06/12/23 LAS Statement in Response on Adams Suspending the ‘90-Day Rule’ to Qualify for CityFHEPS
06/10/23 LAS Calls on Governor Kathy Hochul to Enact Clean Slate Legislation
06/08/23 LAS Condemns Governor, Legislature for Failure to Enact any Policy to Address Housing Crisis
06/08/23 LAS Statement on the Latest Special Report from the Monitor in Nunez v. City of New York
06/07/23 LAS Statement on City’s Lawsuit Against 30 Counties for Refusing to House Asylum Seekers
06/06/23 LAS Statement on DA Bragg Vacating 316 Convictions Involving Discredited NYPD Officers 
06/05/23 Civil Rights Organizations Respond to Report on NYPD’s Controversial NST
06/01/23 LAS Statement on NYC DOC Abruptly Ending Public Notifications of Deaths in Custody


05/31/23 LAS Lauds Passage of Bill Eliminating the Notary Requirement in Civil Court
05/31/23 LAS Statement on Reports, Court Conference on Nunez Monitor’s Alarming Special Report
05/30/23 LAS Release Letter in Opposition to City’s Attempt to Eviscerate Right to Shelter Protections
05/26/23 LAS Statement on the Latest Special Report from the Monitor in Nunez v. City of New York
05/24/23 LAS Lauds NYC Council for Passing Needed Legislation to Reform and Expand CityFHEPS
05/23/23 LAS Statement on the City’s Application Regarding Critical Right to Shelter Protections
05/22/23 LAS Releases Letter on NYPD Commissioner Sewell’s Misrepresentations
05/18/23 Latest Report on NYC Rents Underscores Need for Albany to Enact “Good Cause” Legislation
05/17/23 NYC’s Public Defenders, Parental Defense Providers Call for Increased Funding
05/16/23 LAS Statement on Mayor’s Proposal to Slash Critical Jail Services for Incarcerated New Yorkers
05/16/23 LAS Statement on Mayor Adams Extending Executive Order 402 
05/15/23 LAS Statement on the Tragic Death of Jordan Neely
05/15/23 LAS Celebrates 46th Annual Servant of Justice Awards
05/15/23 LAS Lauds SI Grand Jury for Declining to Indict 14-Year-Old Client in Case of Self-Defense
05/12/23 Public Defenders Condemn Mayor Calling for More Criminalization of New Yorkers in Need
05/10/23 LAS Condemn Mayor Over Order Which Suspends Protections of Right to Shelter Laws
05/08/23 Legal Providers Echo Call for Additional Funding for Right to Counsel Program
05/08/23 LAS Statement on City Sheltering Families with Children at Former Police Academy Building
05/05/23 LAS Statement on Mayor Adams’ New Program to Provide Shelter for Asylum Seekers
05/05/23 NYC Public Defenders Joint Statement on Investigation of Wrongly Recorded Calls in NYC Jails
05/03/23 New York City Public Defenders Joint Statement on New York’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget
05/03/23 LAS Condemns Hochul, Legislature for Failing to Include Housing Measures in Budget
05/02/23 LAS Condemns Rent Guidelines Board’s Preliminary Vote to Increase Rents
05/02/23 Four Borough Presidents Urge Adams Administration to Fully Fund Right to Counsel 
05/01/23 LAS Secure Settlement Requiring NYS to Provide Expanded Dental Coverage
05/01/23 LAS Calls for Rent Freeze to Protect Low-Income Tenants


04/27/23 LAS Statement on NYC District Attorneys’ Position on Discovery Reform Budget Negotiations
04/27/23 Advisory: Hundreds of Workers to Rally for May Day in Washington Sq Park
04/27/23 Public Defenders Urge Lawmakers to Reject Proposals to Overturn Discovery Reform Law
04/25/23 LAS Files Court Papers on Lack of Progress in Nunez Rikers Island Reforms
04/25/23 Advocates Rally in Support of Critical Legislation to Serve Young New Yorkers
04/25/23 In Response to NYC’s Dire Affordability Crisis, LAS Demands Passage of “Good Cause,” HAVP
04/24/23 Defenders Laud NYC Council’s Progressive Caucus for Opposing Rollbacks to Discovery
04/24/23 Advisory: Advocates Rally in Support of Critical Legislation to Serve Young New Yorkers
04/21/23 LAS Statement on Governor Pushing Rollbacks to Discovery and Speedy Trial Statutes
04/20/23 Queens Family of Eight Faces No Cause Eviction from Their Home of Over Nine Years
04/19/23 LAS Celebrates Judge Rowan D. Wilson, First Black Chief Judge of NY’s Highest Court
04/19/23 Joint Statement Applauding Progressive Caucus’ Call for $351M for ‘Right to Counsel’
04/18/23 LAS Statement on the NYPD Inspector General’s Audit of the NYPD’s Gang Database
04/17/23 Single Mother Faces No Cause Eviction from Brooklyn Home of Nearly 15 Years
04/17/23 LAS Calls on Legislators to Hold the Line Against Proposed Rollbacks to Bail, Discovery
04/13/23 LAS Statement on the Rent Guidelines Board’s 2023 Income and Affordability Study
04/13/23 Latest Report on Rising NYC Rents Underscores Need for “Good Cause” Legislation
04/12/23 NYC Right to Counsel Providers Echo NYC Council’s Request for $50 Million in Funding
04/12/23 LAS Urges Legislators to Resist Last-Minute Proposal to Overturn Discovery Reform
04/11/23 LAS Statement on Mayor, NYPD Deploying New Dystopian Surveillance Technologies
04/10/23 LAS Defeats City’s Motion to Dismiss in Litigation on NYPD Appearance Tickets
04/10/23 Lack of Funding Continues to Jeopardize Right to Counsel
04/05/23 LAS Files Suit Against City for Illegally Terminating Low-Income New Yorkers’ Rental Vouchers
04/03/23 LAS Urges Legislature to Continue to Reject Governor’s Proposed Rollbacks to Bail Reform


03/31/23 LAS Urges Lawmakers to Reject Governor’s Proposed Rollbacks to Successful Bail Reform
03/30/23 LAS Statement on NYC Rent Guidelines Board’s 2023 Income and Expense Study
03/30/23 LAS Releases Video Showcasing Importance of “Good Cause” Eviction Legislation
03/29/23 LAS, NYS Senator Jabari Brisport Launch Know Your Rights Workshops for NYCHA Residents
03/28/23 Defenders, Advocates Demand Answers on Warehouse Fire that Destroyed Evidence
03/28/23 Over 100 Law Professors Reject Governor’s Proposed Changes to Bail Reform
03/27/23 Formerly Homeless Family of 10 Facing No Cause Eviction from Bronx Home
03/27/23 LAS Statement in Response to Siena College Poll on Bail Reform
03/27/23 Organizations Providing Attorneys for Children in Family Court Demand Increased Funding
03/24/23 LAS Defeats the City’s Attempt to Moot Lawsuit Challenging DNA Collection and Storage
03/23/23 In Response to Data on Increased Eviction Filings, LAS Calls to Enact “Good Cause” Legislation
03/23/23 LAS Secures Ruling Overturning Murder Conviction of Michael Robinson
03/20/23 Public Defenders and Civil Legal Services Providers Call for Increased Funding
03/17/23 LAS Applauds Modification of Discriminatory Bar Admission Question, Calls For Further Reform
03/17/23 Advisory: Public Defenders, Civil Providers Hold Press Conference to Demand Fair Funding
03/16/23 City Data: NYPD Commissioner Sewell Flouted CCRB Discipline Recommendations 
03/15/23 Attorneys for Children Providers Call on Governor, NYS Legislature for Increased Funding
03/15/23 LAS Attorneys Publish Article Calling for a Reduction in Family Separations
03/14/23 NYC Defenders Joint Statement on Senate, Assembly One-House Budget Proposals
03/14/23 LAS Statement on Statewide Housing Policy Proposals in One-House Budget Bills
03/13/23 LAS Client Faces Eviction from Brooklyn Home of 15 Years, Despite Being a Model Tenant
03/09/23 In Response to Rising Rents, LAS Calls on Albany to Enact “Good Cause” Legislation
03/08/23 Joint Statement on Speaker Adams’ Remarks on Funding Public Defender, Civil Legal Services
03/01/23 LAS Brings Additional Legal Action to Stop Illegal Apartment Conversions


02/28/23 LAS Condemns the City for Refusing to Disclose Relocation Plans for Hotel Residents
02/27/23 LAS Statement on HPD Evicting Hotel Residents Displaced by Hurricane Ida
02/27/23 Defenders Call on Albany to Codify the Treatment Not Jail Act
02/27/23 LAS Exposes Landlord’s Practice of Evicting Tenants who Protest Deplorable Conditions
02/27/23 City Still Refusing to Release Demographic Data of New Yorkers Ensnared in DNA Database
02/23/23 LAS, Guns Down, Life Up Launch Know Your Rights Ambassadorship Training in The Bronx
02/23/23 Judges, Law Enforcement Call on Albany to Prohibit InvasiveInterrogations of Children
02/22/23 LAS Files Lawsuit to Secure Replacement of Stolen Food Benefits
02/16/23 LAS Statement on Reporting of Collusion Between ICE and NYC Correction Officers
02/16/23 Housing Rights Initiative Scores Major Victory in Federal Fair Housing Lawsuit 
02/16/23 LAS Lauds City Council Resolution in Support of Statewide “Good Cause” Eviction Legislation
02/15/23 Joint Statement on Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Testimony Before the NYS Legislature
02/14/23 LAS Statement on BOC Resolution to Decrease Annual Meetings, Cap Public Comments
02/10/23 In Response to Rising Rents, LAS Calls on Albany to Enact “Good Cause” Legislation
02/08/23 Statement From Counsel for Randy Jones
02/08/23 13th Forward Coalition Calls on Legislature to Finally End Modern-Day Slavery
02/08/23 LAS Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Homeless Youth Denied Housing Based on Source of Income
02/06/23 LAS Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Bronx Tenants Displaced After Fire 
02/06/23 Advisory: 13th Forward Coalition to Call on Legislature to Finally End Modern-Day Slavery
02/06/23 LAS Secure Ruling Upholding 2019 Tenant Protection and New York’s Rent Stabilization Law
02/06/23 LAS, NYCLU Respond to CCRB Report on NYPD Misconduct During the 2020 Demonstrations
02/02/23 #Right2RemainSilent Coalition Applauds Resolution Calling on Albany to Pass Legislation
02/02/23 City Data: Payouts on NYPD Misconduct Lawsuits for 2022 Balloon to Over $121 Million
02/01/23 LAS Statement in Response to Governor Kathy Hochul’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget

January 2023

01/30/23 LAS Statement Ahead of NYS Joint Legislative Hearing on Criminal Legal System Data
01/30/23 LAS Files Federal Lawsuit Against City for Failing to Process SNAP and Cash Assistance
01/30/23 Los Angeles Codifies “Good Cause” Eviction Protections, LAS Calls on Albany to Follow Suit
01/27/23 LAS Statement on the Murder of Tyre Nichols
01/27/23 LAS Respond to Remarks Suggesting Asylum Seekers Are Not Entitled to Right to Shelter
01/26/23 LAS Statement on Mayor Eric Adams’ State of the City Address
01/26/23 LAS Files Contempt Motion Against DOC Overs Issues with Rikers Intake Processes 
01/25/23 LAS Responds to Mayor’s Suggestion that Asylum Seekers Are Not Entitled to Right to Shelter
01/24/23 Whistleblowers Warn of Growing Transphobia in Local Jails Under DOC Commissioner Molina
01/21/23 LAS Statement on the City’s Plan for New Relief Center at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
01/18/23 LAS Statement on Reporting the City is Again Considering Sheltering Migrants on Cruise Ships
01/28/23 LAS Statement in Response to the NYC DOC Revoking Access to Jail Video Footage
01/18/23 NYC Executed Evictions Continue to Climb – Nearly 4,400 in the Last Year
01/17/23 LAS Calls for Reforms to Aid New Yorkers Facing Eviction, Already Experiencing Homelessness
01/16/23 LAS Statement on Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
01/13/23 LAS Statement on NYC’s Right to Shelter Obligations and the Mayor’s Mutual Aid Application
LAS Statement on Arguments Concerning the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act
01/10/23 LAS Statement in Response to Governor Kathy Hochul’s State of the State Address
01/09/23 FOIL: NYCHA Utility Outages Still Plague Residents Citywide
01/05/23 LAS Condemns DOI NYPD for Failing to Release Report on Gang Database
01/04/23 Statement from Counsel for Trevor Bickford

December 2022

12/29/22 LAS Statement on Governor Vetoing Legislation to Reform Medicaid
12/23/22 LAS Lauds Governor for Signing Legislation on Homeless and Runaway Youth
12/23/22 LAS Statement on DHS’ Public Charge Final Rule Which Goes into Effect on Dec. 23
12/21/22 LAS Secures Pardon for Lesly Parfait, Client who Faced Deportation
12/21/22 Advocates Pen Joint Letter Urging Lawmakers to Adopt Plan Safety, Pretrial Justice
12/21/22 LAS Calls on Governor Hochul to Sign the Foreclosure Prevention Abuse Act
12/20/22 LAS Calls for Answers Following Fire that Destroyed NYPD Brooklyn Evidence Center
12/20/22 LAS Files Motion to Hold NYC Department of Correction in Contempt
12/17/22 LAS Calls on Governor to Sign Legislation on Reforms to Medicaid’s Overpayment Processes
12/17/22 LAS Calls on Governor to Sign Legislation on Homeless and Runaway Youth
12/16/22 LAS Secures Settlement Overhauling NYPD’s Illegal Warrant Search Practices
12/16/22 NYPD is More Intimately Involved in Placement of ShotSpotter Sensors than Previously Known
12/15/22 Advocates Rally in Support of Critical Legislation to Serve Young New Yorkers
12/14/22 Court Ruling Secured by Legal Aid Protected 136,607 Households from Eviction
12/14/22 Advisory: Rally in Support of Critical Legislation to Serve Young New Yorkers
12/13/22 LAS Calls on Governor Hochul to Take Action on Hundreds of Pending Clemency Applications
12/12/22 Over 1K Incarcerated New Yorkers Each Month Performed Hundreds of Jobs, Some Dangerous
12/07/22 New York Immigrant Family Unity Project Statement on Massive ICE Data Leak
12/05/22 13th Forward Coalition Calls on Lawmakers to End Slavery For All Incarcerated New Yorkers
12/05/22 LAS Calls on Governor to Sign Legislation on For-Profit Immigration Bond Industry
12/05/22 Advisory: 13th Forward Coalition Calls on NY Lawmakers to End Slavery for Incarcerated
12/05/22 LAS Urges State Agency to Compensate Low-Income New Yorkers Whose Benefits were Stolen
12/01/22 Updated Statement on Mayor Adams’ Plan to Address NYC’s Mental Health Crisis

November 2022

11/29/22 Joint NYC Defender Statement in Response to Mayor’s Address on NYC’s Mental Health Crisis
11/22/22 LAS Calls on Queens District Attorney to Improve Her Office’s Evidence Sharing Practices
11/17/22 Statement from Counsel for the Plaintiffs on Nunez v. City of New York et. al
11/17/22 LAS Statement on DA Bragg Vacating 188 Convictions Involving Discredited NYPD Officers
11/15/22 LAS Applaud Proposed Regulations That Would Increase Protections for Rent-Stabilized Tenants
11/14/22 LAS, Advocates and Elected Officials Call to Release Audit of the NYPD’s Gang Database
11/14/22 LAS Statement on Mayor Adams’ Housing Announcement
11/14/22 LAS Informs Court that City Has Failed to Comply with Orders to Protect Incarcerated People
11/14/22 S.T.O.P., LAS Reveal Nearly $3 Billion In Secret NYPD Surveillance Contracts
11/10/22 Advisory: Advocates Call for Release of Audit on NYPD’s Gang Database
11/01/22 LAS Calls on NYC BOE to Ensure Access to Early Voting for Incarcerated New Yorkers

October 2022

10/31/22 LAS and Red Hook Initiative Launch Inaugural Know Your Rights Ambassador Training Series
10/28/22 LAS Statement on Latest Nunez Independent Federal Monitor Report on New York City Jails
10/28/22 Advisory: LAS, Advocates, Elected Officials Rally to Demand Early Voting Access in NYC Jails
10/27/22 LAS Calls on DOC to Immediately Remedy Outages As Colder Weather Approaches
10/26/22 LAS Honors Key Partners at 2022 Pro Bono Publico Awards Ceremony
10/26/22 LAS Files Lawsuit Against State, City, and Landlords to Stop Illegal Apartment Conversions
10/25/22 LAS Calls on the State to Fight Housing Instability and Hunger
10/24/22 LAS Calls on NYC to Save Headquarters of the Brooklyn Chapter of the United Order of Tents
10/23/22 Joint Defender Statement in Response to Mayoral Summit on Criminal Justice
10/22/22 LAS Statement on the Death of Erick Tavira, the 17th New Yorker to Die in DOC Custody
10/17/22  Documents Reveal that DOC Staff Altered Data Tracking Violations of Court Order
10/12/22  LAS Statement On the City’s DHS Shelter Census Reaching a New Single-Day Record
10/11/22  LAS Files Second Lawsuit Against City for Displacing Longtime Harlem Tenants
10/07/22 LAS Statement on Mayor Eric Adams’ Declaration of State of Emergency
10/06/22 LAS Statement on DACA Decision from Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Texas v. U.S.
10/06/22 LAS Statement on Report Showing Gap Between NYC Wage Growth and Rent Growth
10/05/22 LAS Statement on Biden Administration’s Blueprint for an Artificial Intelligence Bill of Rights
10/04/22 Leading Legal Services Organizations File Brief in Support of “Good Cause” Eviction Law
10/04/22 LAS Statement on the City’s Relief Center Moving to Randall’s Island
10/03/22 LAS Lauds Reallocation of Roughly $100 Million to Replenish New York’s ERAP
10/03/22 LAS Unveils NYC’s Most Comprehensive Database on Law Enforcement Misconduct

September 2022

09/30/22 LAS Statement on Reporting the City will Contract with Cruise Line to Shelter Asylum Seekers
09/27/22 LAS Statement on Mayor’s Comments on Asylum Seekers and New York’s Right to Shelter
09/27/22 LAS Demands Answers Following Recent Deaths of Two More Incarcerated Clients
09/26/22 Munonyedi Clifford Named Attorney-in-Charge of LAS’ Citywide Housing Justice Practice
09/23/22 LAS Reaffirms Demand for Albany to Act on Key Protections for Tenants
09/22/22 LAS Statement on the City’s Response and Relief Centers for Asylum Seekers
09/22/22 New NYS Data Confirm Statewide Effectiveness of Bail Reform
09/22/22 LAS Secures Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal for Client Who Patted Giuliani
09/19/22 LAS Statement in Response to Reports City is Considering Sheltering Migrants on Cruise Ships
09/15/22 LAS Responds to City Hall’s Comments on Reassessing Right to Shelter Practices
09/14/22 LAS Responds to Mayor’s Statement on Violations of Law at the Shelter Intake Facility
09/13/22 LAS Statement on Violations of Law at the City’s Single Men Shelter Intake Facility
09/12/22 LAS Statement on NYC BOC Report on 2021 Suicide and Drug-Related Deaths in DOC Custody
09/08/22 LAS Statement on DHS’ Final Public Charge Rule
09/07/22 LAS Statement on DA Gonzalez Vacating Over 370 Convictions Involving Discredited Officers
09/02/22 LAS Releases List of NYPD Officers with the Highest Lawsuit Payouts, Most Cases Concluded

August 2022

08/31/22 LAS Statement on Michael Nieves, the 13th New Yorker to Pass in DOC Custody This Year
08/31/22 LAS Files Lawsuit Against DOCCS Over Abuses Suffered by Transgender Man While in Custody
08/29/22 LAS Demands Action For Johnnie Jackson, Client Who Fell Prey to Deed Theft Scam
08/29/22 LAS Calls for Transparency Regarding Monkeypox Vaccine Access in New York City Jails
08/25/22 LAS Statement in Response to Governor Hochul’s Remarks on “Dangerousness”
08/25/22 LAS Statement on Launch of Applications for NYS Marijuana Retail Licenses
08/24/22 LAS Statement on U.S Department of Homeland Security’s Advance Final DACA Rule
08/21/22 LAS’s Exploitation Intervention Project Surpasses 2,000 Convictions Vacated
08/18/22 LAS Statement on Additional Right to Shelter Violation Committed by the City
08/15/22 LAS Statement on City’s Inaccurate Shelter Report that Failed to Include Violations of Law
08/15/22 City Council Task Force Releases Report on Crisis Facing TGNCNBI people in NYC City Jails
08/12/22 LAS Statement in Response to Alleged Cover-Up at NYC Shelter Intake Facilities
08/12/22 LAS Calls for a Special Session to Enact “Good Cause” Legislation
08/11/22 Advocacy Groups Unveil “Roadmap to Eliminating Lead Poisoning in NYC”
08/11/22 LAS Demands Investigation into Violations at NYC Shelter Intake Facilities
08/10/22 LAS Hails Court Order: DOC to Pay Roughly $200K to New Yorkers Denied Medical Care
08/10/22 LAS Statement on the City’s Plan to End Youth Homelessness
08/09/22 LAS Demands Answers on the Surge in Shelter Applications, Calls for Adequate Capacity
08/08/22 Advisory: LAS, Advocates Hold Press Conference on Homeless Shelter Intake Process
08/05/22 Statement from LAS in Response to Texas Busing Migrants Seeking Asylum to New York City
08/04/22 Data: City Paid Out Almost $68 Million in Lawsuits Alleging Police Misconduct
08/03/22 LAS Statement In Response to Bail Reform Comments from Mayor and NYPD Commissioner
08/01/22 LAS Responds to City’s Emergency Procurement Declaration for Shelter and Services
08/01/22 LAS Receives $250,000 Grant to Expand Efforts to Prevent Foreclosures

July 2022

07/28/22 LAS Lauds NYC Council for Oversight Hearing on Homeless Shelter Intake Process
07/28/22 Julia McNally Named as Attorney-in-Charge of LAS Queens Neighborhood Office
07/26/22 As NYC Evictions Continue to Grow, LAS Calls on Albany to Enact “Good Cause” Legislation
07/25/22 NYIFUP Providers Condemn Dangerous Transfers from Orange County Correctional Facility
07/25/22 LAS Calls on Local DAs to Better Hold Accountable Those Who Commit Deed Theft
07/22/22 LAS, Coalition for the Homeless Release Letter Regarding Information on Shelter Intake
07/21/22 LAS Responds to Mayor’s Misleading and Problematic Remarks on Local Homeless Shelters
07/20/22 LAS Condemns City Denying Homeless Families With Minor Children Shelter Placements
07/20/22 Amid Heatwave, LAS Demands Answers on Measures to Protect Incarcerated New Yorkers
07/19/22 LAS Decries Mayor’s Comments on Asylum Seekers Adding to Homelessness Crisis
07/15/22 LAS Statement from Counsel for Michael Lopez, 11th to Die in DOC Custody This Year
07/14/22 LAS Calls on Albany to Convene a Special Session to Enact “Good Cause” Legislation
07/12/22 LAS Statement on Albany Appealing Decision Which Struck Down Local “Good Cause” Law
07/11/22  LAS Statement on the Resignation of NYS Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore
07/08/22 LAS Files Lawsuit Demanding Repairs in Bronx Building with Nearly 500 Violations
07/08/22 Lawyers: DOC Continues to Be in Contempt of Court
07/01/22 NYC Council Testimony: Mayor Adams’ Housing Plan

June 2022

06/30/22 LAS Statement on Court Decision Striking Down “Good Cause” Eviction Protection in Albany
06/30/22 LAS Statement on SCOTUS Ruling in Biden v. Texas
06/27/22 LAS Statement from Counsel for Daniel Gill
06/24/22 LAS Statement on SCOTUS Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
06/24/22 Data: DOC Still in Contempt for Failing to Ensure Incarcerated New Yorkers’ Access to Care
06/23/22 LAS Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in NYS Rifle & Pistol Association v. Kevin P. Bruen
06/22/22 LAS Statement on Mayor Adams’ Correction-Related Announcement
06/21/22 LAS Condemns Rent Guidelines Board Vote to Increase Rents on Vulnerable New Yorkers
06/21/22 LAS Statement on the Death of Albert Drye, 8th New Yorker to Pass in DOC Custody this Year
06/21/22 Newark Repeals “Needy Person Ban” in Wake of Litigation Brought By Lowenstein, LAS
06/21/22 LAS Calls for a Freeze on All NYC Rent Increases
06/19/22 LAS Statement on Juneteenth
06/17/22 Report: DHS Delays Its Plan to Add Burdensome Requirements for Homeless New Yorkers
06/16/22 LAS Lauds Publication of Prison Labor Report from ACLU, University of Chicago Law School
06/16/22 LAS Lauds Governor Hochul for Signing the Public Housing Preservation Trust into Law
06/16/22 LAS Announces Distribution of Over $22 Million in a Class Action Settlement
06/15/22 LAS Lauds SCOTUS Vote to Dismiss Effort to Defend Trump-Era Public Charge Rule
06/14/22  LAS Statement on Mayor Eric Adams’ Housing Plan
06/09/22 Defenders and Legal Services Organizations Call for Increased Resources
06/08/22 LAS Launches Campaign to Educate New Yorkers on their Parole Rights
06/07/22 LAS, 70+ Organizations Call for Greater Access to Early Voting in NYC Jails
06/07/22  City Data: DOC Failed to Facilitate Almost 40K Medical Appointments
06/06/22 LAS and Advocates Rally for Greater Access to Early Voting in NYC Jails
06/04/22 LAS Lauds Passage of Debt Collection Protections, Calls on Governor to Sign
06/03/22 Advocates Applaud Legislation to Premitting Health Care Consent for Minors
06/02/22 LAS Condemns City for Moving Elder and High Risk Homeless New Yorkers
06/02/22 LAS Lauds Passage of the Public Housing Preservation Trust and Calls on Governor to Sign it
06/01/22 LAS Secures Historic Reforms to Port Authority Police Department’s Discriminatory Practices

May 2022

05/26/22 LAS Urges Albany Lawmakers to Pass Good Cause Eviction Protection
05/25/22 LAS, Milbank LLP Secure Working WiFi for 11,000+ Homeless Students at 240+ City Shelters
05/25/22 LAS Statement on the Two-Year Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder
05/24/22 Statement from Counsel for Andrew Abdullah
05/23/22 New Poll Shows Support for “Good Cause” Eviction Protection in Every Region of NYS
05/23/22 NYPD Neighborhood Safety Team Trainees Have Documented Histories of CCRB Complaints
05/17/22 Statement from Counsel for the Plaintiffs on Nunez v. City of New York et. al.
05/17/22 NYS Supreme Court Holds NYC Department of Correction in Contempt of Court
05/16/22 LAS Celebrates 45th Annual Servant of Justice Awards
05/16/22 Advisory: Vigil in Honor of Those Who Have Died in DOC Custody Since 2021
05/16/22 Zachary Carter Calls for Legislation Ensuring Young New Yorkers Have Access to Counsel
05/13/22 LAS Announces Twyla Carter as Attorney-In-Chief and Chief Executive Officer
05/11/22  Statement From Counsel for Rameek Smith
05/11/22  LAS Lauds Committee Passage of Legislation to Create the Public Housing Preservation Trust
05/10/22 Investigation Leads to Landmark Lawsuit Against 28 Real Estate Brokers and Landlords
05/09/22 LAS Statement on BOC Report Concerning Recent Deaths of New Yorkers in City Custody
05/09/22 LAS Statement on New Poll Showing Continued Support for Good Cause Eviction Legislation
05/06/22 Coalition: Enact Legislation Ensuring Young New Yorkers Have Counsel Prior to Interrogation
05/06/22 LAS, Gibson Dunn Secure Ruling Striking Down Law Enforcement’s Use of Familial Search
05/05/22 LAS Condemns Rent Guidelines Board’s Preliminary Vote to Increase Rents
05/05/22 Ahead of Rent Guidelines Board Preliminary Vote, LAS Calls for a Freeze on Rent Increases
05/04/22 SI District Attorney Used Federal Asset Forfeiture Funds for Facial Recognition Software
05/03/22 NYC Council Testimony: Oversight: Unsheltered Homelessness in New York City
05/03/22 LAS Releases Know Your Rights Guide for New Yorkers Protesting SCOTUS on Roe v. Wade  
05/03/22 Advisory: Advocacy Day, Press Conference Demanding Passage of the Treatment Not Jail
05/02/22 Ahead of NYC Rent Guidelines Preliminary Vote, LAS Calls for a Freeze on All Adjustments

April 2022

04/27/22 LAS Calls for Legislation to Ensure Young New Yorkers Have Counsel Prior to Interrogation
04/26/22 Legal Services Providers, More Call on Court Administration to Reopen Harlem Housing Court 
04/26/22 Statement from Counsel for the Plaintiffs on Nunez v. City of New York et. al.
04/26/22 LAS NYC Defenders Call on Albany to Pass Critical Criminal Legal System Reforms
04/25/22 LAS Releases Statewide Child Welfare, Juvenile Legal System Legislative Priorities
04/22/22 LAS Releases Post-Budget 2022 Statewide Legislative Priorities for Civil Legal Services
04/20/22 Legal Services Organizations Create Amicus Brief in Support of the Good Cause Eviction Law
04/18/22 NYC Council Testimony: COVID-19 Impact on Health of Immigrant New Yorkers
04/18/22 LAS: OCA Must Limit the Calendaring of Housing Court Cases
04/14/22 LAS Condemns the NYC Rent Guidelines Board’s Recommend Rent Increases
04/14/22 LAS Statement on the Appointment of Adán Soltren to NYC’s Rent Guidelines Board
04/12/22  LAS Condemns Adams Administration Continued Sweep of Homeless Encampments
04/09/22 LAS Statement on Health-Related Issues in the FY 2023 New York State Executive Budget
04/09/22 LAS Statement on Housing Issues in the FY 2023 New York State Executive Budget
04/07/22 NYC Defenders Urge Lawmakers to Reject Hochul’s Mass Incarceration Plan in Budget
04/07/22 LAS Celebrates Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to U.S. Supreme Court
04/06/22 Housing Rights Initiative Announces Agreement in Source-of-Income Discrimination Lawsuit 
04/06/22 Child Advocates File Lawsuit Seeking to Terminate the New York State Host Homes Program
04/05/22 LAS Calls on OCA to Slow the Calendaring of Housing Court Cases
04/04/22 City Data: DOC Continues to Deny Incarcerated New Yorkers Access to Critical Medical Care

March 2022

03/31/22  Ahead of NYS Budget Deadline, LAS Calls on Albany to Prioritize Tenants Over Politics
03/31/22  LAS Condemns NYS Senate’s Proposed Changes to Bail and Discovery Reforms
03/30/22 Defender Survey Details Widespread Successes of Discovery Reform
03/30/22 LAS Report: Broken Windows Policing Overwhelmingly Targets Communities of Color
03/23/22 LAS Statement on Mayor Adams, NYPD Reinstatement of Broken Windows Policing
03/23/22 LAS Secures Release Hearings for Incarcerated Clients Who Were Denied Due Process Rights
03/22/22 LAS Files Lawsuit Against the City’s Illegal and Orwellian DNA Collection and Storage Practices
03/20/22 LAS: Governor’s Crime Plan Takes NYS Backward, Undoing Pretrial Reforms, Raise The Age
03/20/22 LAS Statement on the Passing of Herman Diaz, the Third Person to Die in City Custody in 2022
03/18/22 Advisory: People’s Public Safety Rally
03/18/22 LAS Condemns Governor Hochul’s Proposed Regressive Changes to Raise The Age
03/17/22 Defenders Decry Governor’s Proposed Regressive Changes to Bail, Other Reforms
03/17/22  LAS Statement on Reporting of Governor Hochul’s Proposed Changes to Bail Reform
03/16/22 LAS Statement on Federal Monitor Special Report Concerning Abuse in New York City Jails
03/15/22 LAS to Albany: Lawmakers Must Ensure that FY23 Budget Includes at Least $1 Billion for ERAP
03/14/22 LAS Statement on NYPD’s Neighborhood Safety Teams
03/14/22 New York’s Leading Unions Call on Albany to Enact Good Cause Legislation
03/14/22 LAS Lauds Proposed Allocation of $250 Million to Create the Housing Access Voucher Program
03/14/22 LAS Statement on One-House Proposal Which Would Sunset Costly Real Estate Tax Breaks
03/10/22 LAS Lauds News that Those with Marijuana Convictions will be Prioritized for Retail Licenses
03/07/22  49 National BigLaw Firm Leaders Call On Legislature, Governor to Pass Clean Slate NY Act
03/02/22 LAS Files Mass Release Petition on Behalf of Clients Denied Rights Under the Less Is More Act
03/01/22 LAS Statement on the First Day of Implementation of the Less Is More Act

February 2022

02/28/22 LAS Statement on Appointment of Deanna Logan to Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice
02/28/22 Defenders, Advocates Call on Judges, DAs, Officials to Immediately Decarcerate Local Jails
02/28/22 Report Underscores The Need for “Good Cause” Evicitona and HAVP to Protect Black Renters
02/28/22 NYIFUP, Detained Immigrants Testify on Inhumane Conditions and Abuses in ICE Facilities
02/25/22 LAS Statement on the Supreme Court Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson
02/24/22 Advisory: Housing Justice is Racial Justice Press Conference
02/24/22 NYIFUP Statement on the Removal of Two Corrections Officers from the ICE Detainee Unit
02/24/22 Advisory: Defenders, Advocates to Rally at Rikers Demanding the Decarceration of Local Jails
02/23/22 Advocates Demand Passage of “Good Cause” As Over a Hundred Bronx Tenants Face Eviction
02/22/22 Advisory: Electeds, Housing Advocates, Tenants Rally for “Good Cause” in The Bronx
02/22/22 LAS Calls on Mayor Adams to Rescind the Administration Appointment of Erick Salgado
02/17/22  NYC Public Defenders Call for ICE to Release All Immigrants in Orange County Detention
02/16/22  LAS Agrees With Chief Judge DiFiore: Court System Must Be Simplified, Effective, Just
02/16/22  Shervon Small Named as Attorney-in-Charge of LAS Civil Practice Bronx Neighborhood Office
02/15/22  LAS Statement on Assembly Committee Passage of the Housing Access Voucher Program
02/14/22  LAS Statement on Legislature Leaders Rejecting Changes to Bail Reform, Raise The Age
02/14/22  City Data: DOC Still Denying Incarcerated New Yorkers Access to Medical Care
02/09/22 NYC Defenders Call on Lawmakers to Reject “Dangerousness” Provision to NY’s Bail Statute
02/09/22 LAS Legal Aid Condemns Mayor Adams’ Support of Gov. Hochul’s 421-A “Reform”
02/09/22 FOIL: NYCHA Utility Outages Still Plague Residents Citywide
02/04/22 In Response to Report on NYC Family Court in Crisis, LAS Calls for Critical Reforms
02/03/22 Advocates Condemn Procedural Issues in NYC Immigration Court 
02/02/22 LAS Statement on Appointments of DSS Commissioner, HRA Administrator, DHS Administrator
02/01/22 City Admits Failure to Ensure Access to Medical Services for People in NYC Jails
02/01/22 LAS and Empire Justice Center Urge Albany to Enact Package that Reforms Cash Assistance

January 2022

01/31/22  LAS Files Civil Complaint Against NYPD Officers Over Treatment of Brooklyn Mother
01/30/22 LAS Statement on the Appointments of Jessica Katz, Adolfo Carrion Jr.
01/27/22 LAS Lauds Governor’s Request for $1.6 Billion in Additional Federal Funding for NYS ERAP
01/27/22 Advocates Demand the Passage of the Treatment Not Jail Act
01/27/22 NYIFUP Statement on Reports of COVID-19 Outbreak Impacting Immigrants in ICE Detention
01/27/22 Defenders Call On President Biden to Visit Rikers Island During Visit to New York City
01/26/22 LAS Statement on Calliana S. Thomas’ Appointment to Office of Gun Violence Prevention
01/26/22 Advisory: Press Conference Demanding the Passage of the Treatment Not Jail Act
01/25/22 LAS Secures Release Pending Appeal for Client Reginald Randolph
01/24/22 NYC Defender Joint Statement in Response to Mayor Adams’ Remarks on Gun Violence
01/24/22 LAS Calls on Governor to Allocate Additional Tax Relief, Funding to Communities of Color
01/21/22  LAS Calls on Governor to Allocate Additional Funding to the Homeowner Protection Program
01/21/22  LAS Announces Alan Levine as Incoming Board President
01/20/22 LAS Statement on DA Clark Dismissing 133 Cases Involving Corrupt Former NYPD Detective
01/19/22 LAS Statement on Governor Hochul’s Costly and Ineffective “Reform” Budget Proposal to 421-A
01/19/22 LAS Calls on Hochul to Allocate $2 Billion to Fund Critical Homeless Protection Measures
01/17/22 LAS Statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
01/15/22 LAS Calls for Long-Term Solutions to Housing Crisis as Eviction Moratorium Expires
01/13/22 LAS Statement on Mayor Adams’ Housing Announcement
01/12/22  With New York’s Rental Relief Portal Now Reopen, LAS Urges Tenants to Apply
01/12/22  LAS Calls for Compassion from DA on Tragic Mental Health, Substance Abuse-Related Case
01/06/22 LAS Lauds Decision Ordering Reopening of New York’s Emergency Rent Relief Program
01/06/22 LAS Releases 2022 Statewide Child Welfare and Juvenile Legal System Legislative Agenda
01/05/22 LAS Statement on Governor Hochul’s State of the State Address
01/05/22 LAS Congratulates Adrienne E. Adams on her Historic Election as NYC Council Speaker
01/05/22 NYC Defenders Demand that City Stop Recording Calls Made by Incarcerated New Yorkers
01/04/21 LAS Statement on New York County District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s Day-One Policy Memo
01/04/22 LAS Releases 2022 Statewide Civil Legal Services Legislative Agenda
01/04/22 LAS Calls for Decarceration as the COVID-19 Infection Rate Skyrockets in New York City Jails
01/03/22 LAS Lauds Governor Hochul for Signing Into Law the Fair Consumer Judgment Interest Act

December 2021

12/30/21 LAS Statement on Incoming NYC Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner
12/30/21 LAS Statement on Gov. Hochul Signing Bill Ends Arrests and Prosecutions of Children Under 12
12/27/21 Community Leaders Urge Gov. Hochul to Grant Clemency to LAS Client Reginald Randolph
12/24/21 LAS Calls for Immediate Action to Protect New Yorkers at Risk of Losing Heat or Electricity
12/22/21 LAS Calls on Governor Hochul to Sign the Fair Consumer Judgment Interest Act
12/22/21 DOC Commissioner: COVID-19 Infection Rate Skyrocketing in Local Jails
12/21/21 LAS and Kasowitz Secure $600,000 Settlement for Six Personal Care Aides
12/21/21 LAS Calls on Governor Hochul to Sign the Preserving Family Bonds Act ASAP
12/20/21 NYC Defenders Release 2022 Statewide Criminal Legal System Reform Priorities
12/20/21 LAS Calls on Mayor to Sign Legislation on Psychiatric Medication for Children in Foster Care
12/20/21 LAS, ACNY Commend NYC DOE for Announcing New Team to Serve Children in Foster Care
12/16/21 LAS Hosts 38th Annual Community Holiday Gift Giving and Celebration
12/16/21 LAS Statement on Adams Administration’s Plan to Expand Solitary Confinement in City Jails
12/16/21 LAS Calls on Governor to Act on Dozens of Pending Clemency, Pardon Applications
12/16/21 LAS Announces 2021 Pro Bono Publico Award Honorees
12/15/21 LAS Statement on New York City Council Adopting Good Cause Resolution
12/15/21 LAS Statement on Appointment of Daniel Tietz as Commissioner of OTDA
12/15/21 LAS Statement on Passing of Client William Brown, 16th New Yorker to Die this Year in City Jails
12/15/21 Children, Family Advocates Urge Governor Hochul to Sign the Preserving Family Bonds Act
12/14/21 LAS Statement on Appointment of Keechant Sewell as NYPD Commissioner
12/14/21 LAS Files Lawsuit to Reopen New York’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program
12/10/21 NYC Defenders’ Statement on the Death of Malcolm Boatwright in DOC Custody
12/10/21 LAS Commends Governor for Signing Bill Raising the NYS FHEPS Housing Voucher Amount
12/09/21 LAS Calls on City Council to Pass Good Cause Resolution to Protect Tenants in New York City
12/07/21 Advocates Call on City Council to Pass Legislation for Families and Children in Foster Care
12/06/21 LAS Statement on Latest Nunez Independent Federal Monitor Report on Abuse in City Jails
12/06/21 LAS, BDS and Milbank Secure Ruling to Ensure Incarcerated Clients’ Access to Medical Care
12/05/21 LAS, Electeds Call on Hochul to Grant Clemency for Reginald Randolph
12/03/21 LAS Calls on Albany to Enact Key Measures to Serve NYS Tenants

November 2021

11/23/21 Advocates Applaud Passage of City Council Legislation to Expand Rental Assistance Programs
11/22/21 Court Issues Order to Address NYC Correction Failure to Impose Discipline in Use of Force Cases
11/22/21 LAS Files Lawsuit Against DOC Seeking Records on Lack of Staff Escorts
11/18/21 City Jail Federal Monitor Report Shows Work Stoppage in City Jails Continues
11/17/21 LAS Statement from Counsel for Christopher Ransom
11/16/21 LAS Condemns DA Clark’s Call to Rollback New York’s Historic Raise The Age Law
11/16/21 Housing Justice For All Coalition Launches 2022 NYS Legislative Campaign with Day of Action
11/16/21 LAS Statement on Governor Hochul Signing the START Act into Law
11/15/21 Advisory: Housing Justice For All Coalition To Launch #HouseNY 2022 NYS Legislative Campaign
11/11/21 LAS Condemns Hochul Administration for Prematurely Closing New York’s Rent Relief Portal
11/10/21 National Advocacy Groups: End Plans to Transfer Women, Trans New Yorkers to Upstate Prisons
11/10/21 LAS Files Suit To End Practices that Deny Children Foster Placement with Relatives
11/08/21 LAS Statement on DA Katz Vacating Convictions in Cases Involving Corrupt NYPD Officers
11/08/21 Housing Justice for All Echoes Attorney General James’ Call to Enact Good Cause Legislation
11/05/21 LAS Secures Dismissal for Jason Serrano, Client Targeted by NYPD Marijuana Planting Scheme
11/04/21 Wells Fargo Provides Funding to Promote Outreach, Access to Emergency Rental Assistance
11/03/21 LAS Statement on Election of Eric Adams as New York City Mayor
11/02/21 LAS: Mayor Abandons Reform, Imposes Draconian Solitary Confinement and Lockdown Regime
11/02/21 LAS Statement on Governor Signing Legislation on Retroactive Youthful Offender Status
11/01/21 LAS Secures Vacatur for Client Targeted by NYPD Marijuana Planting Scheme

October 2021

10/31/21 LAS Asks Court to Hold City in Contempt for Violating Court Order in City Jails Conditions Case
10/28/21 LAS Moves to Intervene Against Landlords’ Lawsuit Attacking State’s Eviction Moratorium
10/22/21 Advisory: Advocates Rally to Demand Stop to Transfer of Women, Trans People to State Prisons
10/22/21 LAS Calls to Reform the Bar Admission Process to Reduce Racial Injustice in Legal Profession
10/21/21  Lawyers Welcome Ruling in Suit Challenging NY’s Prison-to-Shelter Pipeline
10/21/21  NYC Defenders Decry Commencement of Upstate Transfers of Women, Transgender People
10/20/21 70+ Organizations Call on Albany to Enact “Good Cause” Legislation to Prevent Evictions
10/20/21 LAS Statement on Passing of Anthony Scott, Who Attempted Suicide While in City Custody
10/20/21 NYC TGNCNBI Task Force Demands Stop to Transfers of Women, TGNCNBI New Yorkers
10/18/21 70+ Women, Transgender New Yorkers at Rikers Release Petition Protesting Upstate Transfers
10/15/21 NYC Defenders Statement on Planned Transfer of Women, Transgender People on Rikers
10/14/21 LAS Statement on Nunez Monitor Status Report Concerning Rikers Island Crisis
10/14/21 LAS: Don’t Believe NYPD Commissioner’s Fearmongering on Bail, Discovery Reform
10/14/21 Advisory: Senator Schumer, Electeds, Tenants to Rally Against Predatory Landlord Tactics
10/13/21 LAS Statement on Transfers of Incarcerated Women from New York City Jails to State Prisons
10/07/21 LAS Praises Governor for Signing Legislation to Provide Medication to Incarcerated People
10/07/21 Defender Statement on Mayor’s Comments Concerning New York’s Court System
10/06/21 NYIFUP Statement on Begen County’s Exit From ICE Detention Contract
10/06/21 Legislators, Impacted People Demand DAs End Cash Bail Practices to Curb Rikers Crisis
10/05/21 Advisory: Elected Officials, Impacted People Demand That DAs End Cash Bail Practices
10/04/21 LAS, BDS, and Milbank File Lawsuit to Secure Incarcerated Clients’ Access to Medical Care
10/01/21 LAS Appoints Zachary Carter to Chair of the Board of Directors

September 2021

09/30/21 LAS Calls on Governor Hochul to Sign Two Critical Bills to Advance Juvenile Justice in NYS
09/30/21 LAS Echoes Legislature’s Call For Hochul Administration to Lift Parole Warrants
09/29/21 Court Issues Emergency Order to Address the Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis in City Jails
09/27/21 After Mayor Finally Tours Rikers Island, LAS Calls on de Blasio to Decarcerate City Jails
09/21/21 LAS Calls on Federal Court to Address Humanitarian Crisis at Rikers Island and other City Jails
09/20/21 LAS Decries Death of Isaabdul Karim, 11th to Pass Away this Year While Incarcerated at Rikers
09/17/21 LAS Statement on Gov. Kathy Hochul Signing the Less Is More Act
09/16/21 LAS Files Two Suits Demanding Transparency Over Dangerous Conditions at Local Jails
09/14/21 LAS Statement on Mayor de Blasio’s Emergency Rikers Relief Plan
09/14/21 S.T.O.P., LAS Reveal Secret NYPD Surveillance Contracts Now Exceed $277 Million
09/14/21 NYIFUP Statement on Hudson County’s Imminent Exit From ICE Detention Contract 
09/13/21 Elected Officials Detail Illegal, Deadly Conditions Inside Rikers Island Following Visit
09/10/21 Advisory: Amid Jail Crisis, Elected Officials to Visit Rikers Island, Demand Decarceration
09/09/21 LAS Statement on Commissioner Schiraldi’s Comments on Rikers Island
09/07/21 LAS Statement on the Death of Client Esias Johnson on Rikers Island
09/01/21 LAS Applauds NYS Legislature for Passage of New Eviction Moratorium
09/01/21 LAS Statement in Support of Senator Schumer’s Recommendations for Federal Judgeships

August 2021

08/30/21 Advisory: Advocates, Allies Call For Urgent Decarceration to Prevent More Deaths on Rikers
08/30/21 NYC Defenders’ Statement on Death of Segundo Guallpa at Rikers Island
08/26/21 NYC Defenders Urge Mayor, Governor, More to Address the Humanitarian Crisis in NYC’s Jails
08/24/21 LAS Calls on Governor Hochul to Sign Essential Legislation
08/20/21 LAS Calls on the NYS Legislature to Reconvene to Amend, Extend Eviction Moratorium
08/18/21 LAS Statement on Governor Cuomo Granting Clemency to Ten Deserving New Yorkers
08/16/21 NYC Defenders Demand Courthouse Safety as the Delta Variant of COVID-19 Surges
08/13/21 NYC Defenders Statement on Death of Brandom Rodriguez in DOC Custody
08/12/21 LAS Statement on Supreme Court Blocking a Portion of New York’s Eviction Moratorium
08/12/21 LAS Calls on Governor to Review Clemency Applications, Grant Relief Before Leaving Office
08/11/21  LAS Testifies Before NY State Assembly on Issues Hobbling Emergency Rental Assistance Plan
08/10/21  NYIFUP Urges Governor to Sign Legislation Prohibiting Future NJ ICE Detention Contracts
08/10/21  S.T.O.P., LAS Condemn $159 Million in Secret NYPD Surveillance Contracts
08/09/21 LAS Secures Dismissal for Wrongfully Convicted Client James Davis
08/05/21 LAS, Jenner Win Emergency Motion to Protect Disabled Homeless New Yorkers
08/04/21 Advisory: Coalition Calls on Dept of Health to Fully Implement Workplace COVID Safety Law
08/04/21 LAS, Jenner File Emergency Motion to Ensure Due Process For Disabled Homeless New Yorkers
08/02/21 LAS Calls on Albany to Renew Eviction Freeze to Prevent Widespread Homelessness

July 2021

07/30/21  LAS Praises City Council’s Extension of Title 8 Protections to Domestic Workers
07/29/21  Stop-and-Frisk Plaintiffs Ask Court to Make Changes to Monitorship to Include Community
07/28/21  Advisory: Press Conference and Rally to End Stop-and-Frisk Abuses
07/27/21  LAS Files Article 78 Petition to Get Access to NYPD’s “SPEX Budget” Contracts
07/27/21  Advisory: Coalition Calls on Inspector General for NYPD Gang Database Investigation
07/21/21  LAS Secures $567,500 Settlement in Case Challenging NYPD Use of Chokeholds, Tasers
07/16/21  LAS Statement on Federal Court Ruling Concerning DACA
07/13/21 LAS, Jenner & Block Secure Temporary Halt to Transfers of Homeless Disabled New Yorkers
07/09/21 LAS Statement in Response to Report on Deplorable Conditions at Local Courthouses
07/09/21 Survivors of Human Trafficking, Advocates Call on Governor Cuomo to Sign START Act
07/08/21 LAS, Jenner & Block File Motion to Halt City’s Transfer of Disabled New Yorkers From Hotels
07/07/21 LAS Statement on NYC Ticker Tape Parade for First Responders
07/06/21 LAS Calls on NYS to Release Information on Emergency Rental Assistance Program Applicants
07/01/21 NYC Defenders’ Statement on the City’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

June 2021

06/29/21 NYIFUP Calls on ICE to End Transfers, Release Those in its Custody
06/25/21 LAS Statement on Derek Chauvin Sentencing
06/25/21 Immigration Advocates Reaffirm Call on ICE to Cease Sudden Transfers
06/23/21 LAS Statement on Tonight’s Final NYC Rent Guidelines Board Vote
06/21/21 Ahead of Rent Guidelines Board Vote, LAS Calls for a Zero Increase on All Leases
06/19/21 LAS Statement on Juneteenth
06/16/21 LAS Statement on DOJ Overturning Trump-era Rules Limiting Asylum
06/16/21 LAS Releases Report Detailing Early Intervention and Community Engagement Work
06/14/21 LAS and Loeb & Loeb Secure $400,000 in Employee Sexual Harassment Case
06/12/21 LAS Aid to Albany: Reconvene to Pass Critically Important #CleanSlateNY Legislation
06/11/21  LAS Calls on Cuomo to Enact Legislation to End Majority of Arrests, Prosecutions of Children
06/11/21  LAS Calls on Governor Cuomo to Enact The Less Is More Act into Law Immediately
06/10/21  LAS Analysis: NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Continues to Plague Communities of Color
06/08/21 LAS Statement on BOC Vote Relating to City Solitary Confinement Practice
06/07/21 Immigration Advocates Condemn “Disappearance” of Detained Clients After Sudden Transfers
06/07/21  LAS Urges Action on Comprehensive Parole Reforms, Clean Slate Legislation
06/03/21 Charges Against George Bell, Rohan Bolt And Gary Johnson Dismissed After 24 Years In Prison
06/03/21 Juvenile Justice Advocates Renew Push to End the Arrest and Prosecution of Children
06/01/21 LAS, Partners Launch Housing Helpline to Assist Immigrant Renters with NYS ERAP
06/01/21 LAS Statement on Pride Month 2021

May 2021

05/26/21 LAS Lauds Passage of Legislation to Provide Life-Saving Medication to Incarcerated People
05/25/21 LAS Calls on Cuomo to Immediately Enact Critical Bill for Survivors of Human Trafficking  
05/25/21 LAS Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder
05/24/21 LAS Condemns SI Landlord Attorney for Using Racist Language in Eviction Filings
05/20/21 NYIFUP Urges Enactment of the Dignity Not Detention Act in New York State
05/20/21 National Coalition Calls on Officials to Protect Young People at Risk of Deportation
05/17/21 LAS 44th Annual Servant of Justice Awards Celebrated Resilience of Staff, BIPOC Communities
05/13/21 LAS Calls on DA Candidates to Overturn Convictions Involving Corrupt NYPD Officers
05/12/21 LAS, Defenders Call for Review of Cases Made by Three Recently Indicted NYPD Officers
05/12/21 LAS Statement on Vincent Schiraldi Becoming the next NYC DOC Commissioner
05/12/21 LAS Statement on Latest Nunez Independent Federal Monitor Report on Abuse in NYC Jails
05/11/21  LAS Analysis: NY is One of Only a Few States Without an Operational Rent Relief Program
05/10/21 LAS Wins Writ Securing Release of Wrongfully Convicted Client James Davis
05/05/21 LAS Statement on Albany Enacting the NY HERO Act
05/05/21 LAS Statement on Rent Guidelines Board’s Preliminary Vote
05/05/21 LAS, Advocates, Candidates Call on Albany to Pass “Good Cause Eviction” Legislation
05/04/21 Ahead of Rent Guidelines Board Preliminary Hearing, LAS Calls for Rent Rollback
05/04/21 Advocates Call for DOE Office to Support Students in Foster Care
05/04/21 LAS Calls on DAs to Vacate Convictions Where Corrupt NYPD Officers Played Essential Roles
05/03/21 LAS Statement on Statewide Residential Eviction Moratorium Legislation

April 2021

04/27/21 Advisory: Defenders Call to End Practices Depriving Black & Brown New Yorkers of Property
04/27/21 NYS Defenders, Advocates Reaffirm Call on Albany to Enact Comprehensive Parole Reforms
04/24/21 LAS Statement on Legislation to Extend New York State’s Residential Eviction Moratorium
04/22/21 LAS Wins Reversal for Brooklynite James Davis in 2006 Murder Conviction
04/22/21 LAS Announces 750,000 Settlement for Client Illegally Shackled During Labor by NYPD
04/22/21 LAS Statement on Reporting that DOCCS has Suspended Prison Vaccinations Efforts
04/21/21  LAS Statement on DA Vance Announcement to Dismiss Prostitution, Massage Cases
04/20/21 LAS Statement in Response to Derek Chauvin Verdict
04/20/21 LAS Shares Crucial #KnowYourRights Protest-Related Information for New Yorkers
04/20/21 LAS Calls on Albany to Extend Protection to Prevent Widespread Evictions and Homelessness
04/19/21 LAS Calls on Governor Enact the HERO Act That Would Codify Critical Workplace Protections
04/19/21 LAS Statement on NYS Senate Committee Passing Bill to Abolish NYC’s Rogue DNA Database
04/17/21 LAS Response to Reports of OCA Suspension of Family Court Clerk who Used Racial Slurs
04/16/21 Defenders Respond to Reports that NYC Court Clerk Used Racial Slurs to Refer to 15-Year-Old
04/16/21 LAS To Albany: Renew Eviction Freeze Ahead of Expiration, Prevent Widespread Homelessness
04/15/21 Advocates to City Hall: Incarcerated New Yorkers Need Greater Voting Access Immediately
04/15/21 Joint Statement on DA Announcement to Vacate Convictions in Cases of Corrupt Detective
04/14/21 LAS Statement on Dismissal of Landlord Lawsuit Attempting to End NY Eviction Moratorium
04/14/21 Legal Aid, PA Williams and Advocates to Call for Greater Access to Voting in Local Jails
04/14/21 LAS and Debevoise File Lawsuit Against City, NYPD For Illegal Arrest of New Yorkers
04/14/21 LAS and BronxConnect Urge Lawmakers to Enact #Right2RemainSilent Legislation
04/13/21 LAS Flags May 31 Deadline for Immigrant Youth Denied Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
04/12/21 Advisory: Workers, Supporters and Legislators Call for the SWEAT Bill so Workers are Paid
04/08/21 LAS Secures Dismissal for Client Who Was Arrested, Placed in a Knee-on-Neck Hold by NYPD
04/07/21 LAS Statement on $2.1 Billion Fund for Excluded Workers in NT State’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget
04/07/21 LAS Statement on DA Vacating Convictions for Clients Whose Cases Involved Corrupt Cop
04/06/21 FOIL Documents Reveal Extent of NYPD’s Use of Clearview AI Facial Recognition Technology
04/06/21 LAS Statement on Rent Relief Package in New York State’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget
04/06/21 LAS Secures Settlement Ensuring Homeless Students Have Access to Working WiFi at Shelters
04/06/21 LAS Calls on Albany to Transition to Video Hearings for all Parole Matters or Face Litigation
04/05/21 Defenders Call on Albany to Enact the Less Is More Act Immediately
04/02/21 LAS and 35+ Organizations Call for Greater Access to Voter Registration in NYC Jails
04/01/21 LAS Statement on the Governor Signing the HALT Solitary Confinement Bill Into Law
04/01/21 60+ Organizations Call on DHS Secretary to End ICE’s Discriminatory Gang Prioritization
04/01/21 LAS Statement From Counsel for Brandon Elliot

March 2021

03/31/21 LAS Statement on International Transgender Day of Visibility
03/31/21 LAS Statement on the Passing of Justice Paul Feinman
03/31/21 LAS Celebrates Signing of MRTA Into Law, Urges Albany to Enact Additional Reforms
03/29/21 NY Supreme Court Rules Incarcerated People Must be Offered COVID Vaccine Immediately
03/28/21 LAS Statement on NYS Marijuana Legalization
03/25/21 LAS Statements on the Mayor’s Police Reform Plan, Qualified Immunity Legislation
03/24/21 LAS: City Council Should Reject Mayor de Blasio’s Policing Plan
03/23/21 LAS Calls on Albany to Advance Key Housing Priorities to Help Struggling Tenants
03/23/21 LAS Renews Demand for Citywide Audit of all Privileged Attorney-Client Phone Recordings
03/22/21 Defenders Call for an End to All Recordings of Phone Calls by New Yorkers Incarcerated in Jails
03/21/21 NYC Defenders Decry Breach of Attorney-Client Privilege in Wrongly Recorded Phone Calls
03/19/21 Advisory: Mayoral Candidates to Debate Economic and Housing Insecurity Issues
03/18/21 LAS Response to the Gendered and Racist Asian Violence Near Atlanta, Georgia
03/18/21 LAS Calls on Governor to Enact the HALT Solitary Confinement Act Immediately
03/18/21 LAS Files Lawsuit to Secure New Yorkers in NYS Prisons Access to The COVID-19 Vaccine
03/16/21 LAS Statement in Support of the Black Freedom Project’s Marijuana Legalization Advocacy Day
03/16/21 LAS Lauds Tenfold Increase in Anti-Eviction “Hardship Declarations” Submissions in NYC
03/16/21 NYS Agrees to Waive Onerous “Lawsuit Requirement” for Eviction Prevention Supplement
03/15/21 LAS Statement on Likely Deal Between Albany Lawmakers on Marijuana Legalization in NYS
03/15/21 LAS Files Federal Suit Challenging Housing Voucher Discrimination
03/15/21 Advisory: Advocates Announce Fair Housing Investigation, Legal Action
03/12/21 Statement on Criminalization Bars in the U.S. Citizenship Act, American Dream and Promise Act
03/12/21 LAS Demands City Take Action to Remedy Dangerous Conditions in Courthouses
03/11/21  LAS Calls on Albany to Enact the Less Is More Act Immediately
03/11/21  NYIFUP Demands Answers on Vaccination Plan for Detained Immigrants
03/10/21 NYPD Data: New Yorkers of Color Were Subjects of More Than 94% of Marijuana Arrests
03/09/21 LAS, BronxConnect Applaud Committee Passage of #Right2RemainSilent Legislation
03/09/21 Trump Administration’s Public Charge Rule Blocked
03/08/21 LAS Statement on the City’s Solitary Confinement Practices
03/08/21 Advisory: Officials Join Advocates in Demand to Address Dangerous Jails and Prisons
03/08/21 Officials Must Address the Deadly COVID-19 Conditions That Persist in Jails and Prisons
03/05/21 Three Innocent Queens Men to Be Released From Prison Following Wrongful Convictions
03/04/21 Advisory: Hearing to Rule on Release of Three Innocent Queens Men After 24 Years
03/04/21 #Right2RemainSilent Campaign Aims to Protect Youth Interrogated by Police
03/03/21 Advisory: Youth, Parents, Advocates, More to Announce #Right2RemainSilent Campaign
03/01/21 U.S. Department of Justice Files Statement of Interest in Lawsuit M.G. v. Cuomo
03/01/21 LAS Implores Lawmakers to Enact The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

February 2021

02/25/21 Public Defenders Ask Court to Force State to Offer Vaccine to Incarcerated People
02/25/21 LAS Condemns Increase in Violence Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
02/25/21 LAS Condemns NYC DOC for Placing Young People in Enhanced Supervision Housing
02/25/21 LAS Calls on City to Fire NYPD Officer Fabio Nunez
02/24/21 As Vaccine Eligibility Expands, Incarcerated New Yorkers Must Be Included
02/24/21 Broken Promises: City Makes Little Progress on Expunging Rogue DNA Index
02/23/21 LAS Secures Decision in Holden v. Port Authority Allowing Claims to Proceed to Trial
02/23/21 LAS Calls on NYS to Pass Legislation to Stop Unethical Medicaid Collection Practices
02/22/21 Immigrant Rights Groups React to SCOTUS Taking Up Public Charge, Call on Biden to Rescind
02/18/21 Officials, Advocates Urge Tenants to Submit “Hardship Declaration Forms” to Prevent Eviction
02/17/21  Advisory: Press Conference Urges Tenants to Submit “Hardship Declaration Forms”
02/16/21 LAS Statement on Ruling in Uniformed Fire Officers Association, et al. v. Bill de Blasio
02/11/21  LAS Urges New York Tenants to Submit Anti-Eviction “Hardship Declarations” 
02/10/21 New Yorkers Incarcerated in City Jails on Technical Parole Violations Hits Nine-Month High
02/09/21 LAS Files Lawsuit to Temporarily Waive “Lawsuit Requirement” for FHEPS Program
02/08/21 LAS Lauds Senate Committee Passage of the Less Is More Act, Urges Legislature to Act
02/05/21 Cuomo’s Prison Vaccination Announcement Offers Little Change for Incarcerated New Yorkers
02/04/21 Public Defenders Sue NY, Claim Vaccine Denial Violates Rights of Incarcerated People
02/04/21 Advocates Call on Albany to End the Arrest and Prosecution of Children Under 12 Years Old
02/04/21 Immigration Advocates Demand Release of People in Detention After New ICE Guidance
02/04/21 Trailblazing Litigants Respond to the Repeal of New York’s “Walking While Trans” Statute
02/02/21 Immigrant Advocates Welcome President Biden’s Executive Order on “Public Charge” Rule
02/02/21 LAS Statement on Governor Cuomo Repealing New York’s “Walking While Trans” Statute
02/02/21 LAS Lauds Passage of Legislation to Repeal New York’s “Walking While Trans” Law
02/01/21 LAS Condemns State & City for Failure to Ensure Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine
02/01/21 5,000 Incarcerated New Yorkers in DOCCS’ Custody Have Now Tested Positive for COVID-19

January 2021

01/29/21 NYIFUP Condemns ICE for Heat Outage at Bergen County Jail
01/28/21 Defenders to Gov. Cuomo: Stop Blocking COVID-19 Vaccinations for Our Incarcerated Clients
01/28/21 LAS Announces Town Halls to Ensure Input From Those Historically Affected by Over-Policing
01/27/21 LAS Secures Critical Due Process Protections for Homeless Clients in Fair Hearings
01/25/21 LAS, Milbank Call on City to Established Reliable Internet Service for Shelter Residents
01/22/21 LAS Cautions Against Phishing Phone Calls and Scam Money Requests
01/21/21  FOIL: SI District Attorney Employs Controversial Facial Recognition Technology 
01/21/21  LAS, Pro Bono Co-Counsel Secure COVID-19 Vaccine for Client in DOCCS’ Custody
01/20/21 LAS Decries Governor’s Refusal to Offer Incarcerated New Yorkers the COVID-19 Vaccine
01/20/21 LAS Statement on President Biden’s Steps Toward More Humane Immigration Policies
01/19/21 LAS Statement in Response to Governor’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Address (Civil)
01/19/21 LAS Statement in Response to Governor’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Address (CDP)
01/15/21 Over 4,000 New Yorkers in DOCCS’ Custody Have Now Tested Positive For COVID-19
01/14/21 LAS, NYCLU Joint Statement on Attorney General Lawsuit Condemning NYPD Protest Violence
01/13/21 Public Defenders Nationwide Announce Plan for Immigration Justice; Provide Ten-Point Plan
01/12/21 Governor Refuses to Permit Vaccinations at Prisons, Jails as COVID-19 Claims More Lives
01/12/21 LAS Testifies at City Council Hearing on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Accessibility
01/11/21  LAS Calls on Gov. Cuomo to Advance Key Housing Priorities for Struggling New York Tenants
01/11/21  LAS Statement in Response to Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address
01/11/21  LAS Urges President-Elect Biden to Enact Housing Policies to Benefit Low-Income New Yorkers
01/08/21 NYIFUP Statement on Egregious Treatment of Immigrants on Hunger Strike in ICE Detention
01/08/21 LAS Files Suit to Protect New Yorkers Incarcerated at Adirondack Correctional Facility
01/07/21 LAS Condemns Governor for Excluding Incarcerated New Yorkers from Vaccine Distribution
01/06/21 LAS Releases 2021 Statewide Civil Law Reform Priorities
01/06/21 LAS Calls on State, City to Vaccinate Incarcerated New Yorkers Immediately
01/06/21 Video: NYPD Officer Employs Knee-on-Neck Hold – Same Technique That Killed George Floyd
01/06/21 NYC Public Defenders Call on Legislature to Pass Critical Criminal Legal System Reforms
01/06/21 LAS Education Advocacy Project, Homework Helpers Provide Tech to NYC Students
01/04/21 LAS Calls on City to Immediately Fix DOC Inmate Lookup
01/04/21 As Two More Succumb to COVID-19 in DOCCS’ Custody, LAS Calls for Meaningful Release

December 2020

12/30/20 Federal Court Rejects City’s Attempt to Derail Litigation Seeking to Equip Shelters with WiFi
12/30/20 LAS, Crowell & Moring LLP File Suit Regarding Jail Conditions During 2019 Heat Emergency
12/29/20 NYIFUP Statement on New COVID-19 Outbreak, Hunger Strike in Hudson County Jail
12/28/20 LAS Statement on Passage of COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act
12/28/20 LAS Calls on Governor to Act on 100+ Virus-Related Clemency Applications
12/26/20 LAS Statement on NYS Eviction Moratorium Legislation
12/24/20 LAS, Blank, Rome LLP Secure Pardon for Natasha Joseph, who Risked Deportation
12/24/20 LAS, Kasowitz Secure Pardon for Rosario Pena, a Victim of Human Trafficking
12/20/20 LAS Hosts Holiday Toy Distribution for Homeless and Other Vulnerable Children
12/18/20 LAS Sues DOCCS for Critical Facility-Level Virus Testing Data as COVID-19 Rates Rise
12/18/20 LAS Statement on DOI Investigation Into NYPD’s Response to George Floyd Demonstrations
12/17/20 COVID-19 Rates Explode in NYS Prisons, Advocates Demand Transparency, Action From DOCCS
12/17/20 LAS Honors Staff at 144th Annual Meeting
12/17/20 NYC Defenders Release 2021 Statewide Criminal Legal System Reform Priorities
12/16/20 Report: NYS Eviction Moratorium has Saved the Lives of Over 10,000 New Yorkers
12/15/20 LAS Statement on Governor Cuomo Enacting the Protect Our Courts Act Into Law
12/15/20 Advisory: LAS, Milbank to Argue in Case to Secure Internet Access at Homeless Shelters
12/14/20 New Data Confirms That NYPD Continues to Add New Yorkers’ DNA to Rogue City Database
12/13/20 NY Prisons Reach Shameful Milestone: 2,000 New Yorkers Have Tested Positive for COVID-19
12/10/20  LAS Statement on City Council Vote to Pass the Fair Chance Act 2.0
12/10/20  LAS Analysis: 14 Different NYS Prisons Across NYS Saw an Increase in Positive COVID-19 Cases
12/09/20 LAS Calls on Cuomo to Lift Warrants, Release Vulnerable New Yorkers Held on Parole Warrants
12/08/20 LAS: Arrest Involving Daniel Presti, Mac’s Pub Owner, Illuminates SI’s two Tier “Justice” System
12/08/20 Following Report on New York’s Broken Parole System, LAS Calls for Comprehensive Reform
12/07/20  LAS Calls on Cuomo to Enact Landmark Protect Our Courts Act Immediately
12/07/20  LAS to de Blasio, Local DAs: Decarcerate City Jails now or Risk Innocent Lives to COVID-19
12/07/20  LAS Calls on City to Dissolve Troubled NYPD Vice Squad Unit Immediately
12/04/20 Amid a Second COVID-19 Outbreak at Local Jails, LAS Calls to Release Vulnerable New Yorkers
12/03/20 LAS Statement on Governor Relaxing Eligibility Standards for NY’s Rent Relief Program
12/02/20 LAS Calls on Cuomo, DOCCS to Release Medically Vulnerable Clients as COVID Rates Climb
12/02/20 LAS Calls on the City for Answers Following Tragic Death of Ryan Wilson in DOC Custody
12/01/20 LAS Secures End of Prone Restraint Practice Used on Youth in OCFS Overseen Facilities

November 2020

11/30/20 LAS Statement on DA Vance Dismissing Remaining Charges Pending Against Joseph Troiano
11/30/20 Federal Judge Approves Class Action Settlement in LAS’s Landmark Homeless Youth Lawsuit
11/30/20 LAS Calls on Albany to Amend New York’s Rent Relief Program to Serve More Families
11/25/20 Governor Cuomo’s Early Release Initiative Failing to Free Vulnerable New Yorkers on Time
11/24/20 LAS, Milbank Sue City for Failing to Provide Students at Shelters Access to Remote Schooling
11/23/20 NYC Defenders Renew Call for Urgent Reforms of the Criminal Legal System
11/20/20 LAS Calls on Governor, Legislature to Amend Rent Relief Programs to Benefit More New Yorkers
11/18/20 Elected Officials, Advocates, Tenants Condemn Landlord Who Refuses Boiler Repairs, More
11/17/20  NYIFUP Statement About Hudson County’s Contract with ICE
11/16/20  After LAS Urging, HRA Suspends Billing Until January 21, 2021
11/13/20  LAS, Lowenstein Sandler File Lawsuit to Require Newark to Accept NYC SOTA Program
11/10/20  LAS Statement on the Exoneration of Emmanuelle Cooper
11/10/20  LAS Statement After SCOTUS Signals Support for the Affordable Care Act
11/09/20 FOIL: DOC Increases Density Levels at Local Jails to Dangerous Levels
11/09/20 LAS, Lowenstein Sandler LLP Win Petition to Intervene on Behalf of Homeless New Yorkers
11/07/20 LAS Statement on the Election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House
11/02/20 LAS Calls on Governor Cuomo to Extend Executive Order Pausing Default Judgments
11/02/20 LAS, Milbank Issue Final Warning to Expedite Internet Installation at Shelters or Face Litigation

October 2020

10/29/20  Federal Monitor Report: After Seven Years, NYPD Still Failing to Make Court-Ordered Reforms
10/29/20  City Hall: Most Homeless New Yorkers Will Have to Wait for Working WiFi Until Next Summer
10/29/20  Ahead of Election, LAS Re-Releases Know Your Rights Information for Protestors
10/27/20  LAS Wins Appellate Court Victory in Velasco Lopez v. Decker 
10/27/20  LAS Calls for Detailed Plan on How City Will Install WiFi at All NYC Homeless Shelters
10/26/20 NYCLU and LAS Sue Mayor, NYPD for Police Brutality During Protests
10/23/20 LAS Statement on Latest Nunez Independent Federal Monitor Report on Abuse in NYC Jails
10/23/20 LAS Files Suit Against NYC for Failing to Provide Adequate Shelter for Homeless Single Adults
10/23/20 LAS Calls on Cuomo, DOCCS to Release Vulnerable New Yorkers at COVID-19 Hotspot Prisons
10/21/20 LAS Mourns the Loss of Another Incarcerated New Yorker to COVID-19, Condemns DOCCS
10/20/20 LAS Decries Piecemeal Response From City to Address Systemic Internet Issues at Shelters
10/16/20 LAS Statement on OCA Report Examining Court System’s Racial and Other Biases
10/15/20 LAS Warns of Second Surge Within NYS Prison System as COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket
10/15/20  LAS Calls on City Council to End Genetic Stop-And-Frisk
10/14/20  LAS, Milbank Threaten Lawsuit for Neglecting to Provide Homeless Children Internet Access
10/14/20  LAS Statement on Legislation Prohibiting NYPD Collection a Child’s DNA Without Consent
10/13/20  LAS Urges Halt to Plan Resuming Collections on SNAP, Public Assistance, Medicaid Recipients
10/13/20  Defenders Decry 16% Rise in Jail Population as Second Wave of COVID19 Threatens NYC
10/10/20  LAS Statement on the Passing of Christopher Cruz, Client Held Pretrial on Cash Bail at Rikers
10/09/20 LAS Statement on New OCA Memo Concerning Residential Eviction Proceedings
10/09/20 LAS to Wall Street NIMBY Group: Fund Affordable Housing Instead of Vilifying Homeless
10/08/20 LAS Calls on DOC/DOCCS to Assist with Stimulus Applications From People in Custody
10/08/20 As Washington Debates Stimulus Package, LAS Calls for Direct Rental Assistance for Tenants
10/05/20 LAS, Advocates, Community Members to Hold Webinar on the NYPD’s Rogue Gang Database
10/04/20 LAS Advises Incarcerated Persons of Restored Eligibility for Stimulus Payments
10/01/20 LAS Files Appeal in Case to Exonerate Wrongfully Convicted Brooklynite James Davis
10/01/20 LAS Calls for Permanent and Meaningful Regulation of City DNA Index Policy

September 2020

09/30/20 Court Grants LAS Motions to Dismiss Lawsuits Attacking Rent Laws, Housing Reforms
09/29/20 LAS Statement on Executive Order No. 202.66, Issued Today by Governor Andrew Cuomo
09/29/20 Court Rules LAS, Cleary Gottlieb Lawsuit Against ICE Courthouse Arrests Will Proceed
09/28/20 LAS Statement on New York’s Residential Eviction Moratorium
09/26/20 LAS Statement on Tonight’s Vigil in Support of New Yorkers Residing at the Lucerne Hotel
09/25/20 LAS Statement on Harmonia Shelter, Flatlands Shelter, LIC Plaza Hotel and the Lucerne Hotel
09/25/20 Harmonia Shelter Residents to Mayor: Don’t Uproot us to Appease Upper West Side NIMBYists
09/24/20 Advisory: Harmonia Residents to Hold Press Conference Calling for Answers From City Hall
09/24/20 LAS, Partners Win Petition in Federal Court to Intervene in Landlord Lobby Lawsuits
09/22/20 LAS Condemns Proposed Rule by Labor Department Which Would Strip Workers’ Rights
09/21/20 With Less Than Ten Days Before NYS Eviction Moratorium Expires, LAS Implores Albany to Act
09/19/20 LAS Statement on Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, United States Supreme Court Justice
09/18/20 LAS Calls on Governer Cuomo to Act After OTDA Removes Eviction Moratorium Guidance
09/17/20 LAS Launches Fundraising Campaign to Help Families Afford Immigration Application Fees
09/16/20 LAS Calls for Ban on Use of Controversial DNA Testing
09/16/20 LAS Calls on Governor, Legislature to Act Immediately to Prevent Unprecedented Evictions
09/14/20 LAS Statement in Response to City Pausing Transfers From Lucerne, NYS Homeless Shelters
09/14/20 LAS Condemns DOC Staff for Failing to Wear Masks, Practice Social Distancing
09/12/20 LAS Statement in Response to Reported Plans to Move Families at Flatlands Family Residence
09/10/20 LAS Prepares Lawsuit Against City Over Plan to Move Homeless New Yorkers With Disabilities
09/09/20 OCME Identified 20k to Remove From City Databank, Instead the Number Increased 
09/08/20 LAS Statement on City’s Decision to Relocate Homeless New Yorkers From UWS Hotel
09/04/20 LAS, Partners Bring New Claims to Abolish New York’s Prison-to-Homeless Shelter Pipeline
09/01/20 LAS Statement on CDC Regulation Extending Eviction Relief Through End of 2020
09/01/20 LAS Calls on NY Legislature to Reconvene to Extend Eviction Moratorium Indefinitely

August 2020

08/31/20 LAS Statement Concerning NYPD Disciplinary Matrix
08/27/20 Criminal Justice Reform Groups Call to Publish Correction Officer Disciplinary Information
08/27/20 LAS to Mayor: Force Homeless New Yorkers From Hotels And We’ll See You In Court
08/26/20 LAS Calls on Governor Cuomo, Legislature to Implement Indefinite Eviction Moratorium
08/26/20 LAS Reaffirms Need For City to Enact Sweeping DNA-Related Reforms
08/24/20 LAS Statement on Staten Island DA Disclosure of NYPD Officers With Credibility Issues
08/21/20 LAS Additional Statement in Response to Uniformed Fire Officers Association v. Bill de Blasio
08/20/20 LAS Statement in Response to Ruling in Uniformed Fire Officers Association v. Bill de Blasio
08/19/20 LAS Calls on OCME to Issue Progress Reports on Effort to Reduce DNA Database Profiles
08/18/20 Advisory: Officials, Workers, Community Leaders Rally for Workplace COVID Protections
08/18/20 LAS Statement on the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment
08/17/20 LAS Files Amicus Brief Against Police Union Efforts to Deny Access to Disciplinary Records
08/12/20 LAS Statement on OCA Revised Procedure for Addressing Eviction Proceedings
08/10/20 LAS Decries COVID-19 Outbreak At Four Upstate DOCCS Prisons
08/07/20 LAS Calls on Governor Cuomo to Extend Eviction Moratorium Indefinitely 
08/06/20 LAS Statement on Agreement to Address Issues with Rikers Island Consent Judgment
08/05/20 LAS, Faith Leaders Call on Governor Cuomo to Extend Eviction Moratorium
08/05/20 LAS and Uptrust Launch Court Date Reminder Text Message Service
08/05/20 Public Advocate, LAS Call On Cuomo to Extend Eviction Moratorium
08/05/20 LAS, Proskauer Secure Victory to Provide Retroactive Guardianship Subsidies
08/04/20 Appellate Court Blocks “Public Charge” Immigration Rule
08/04/20 14,000 Households Across NYC Face Likely Eviction as Statewide Moratorium Expires

July 2020

07/30/20 Statement In Response To Report Debunking Mayor’s Claim Connecting Courts to Shootings
07/29/20 Judge Issues Nationwide Injunctions Blocking “Public Charge” Rules Amid Covid-19 Pandemic
07/29/20 Legal Aid Statement on NYPD Abduction of 18-Year-Old Trans Activist Nikki Stone
07/28/20 NYC Defenders Blast Decision Allowing Dangerous Resumption of In-Person Court Hearings
07/27/20 LAS Statement on Need to Acknowledge White Fragility, Organizations to Become Anti-Racist
07/27/20 Attorneys for Detained Immigrants Demand Release from Bergen County Jail Amid Heat Wave
07/24/20 LAS Response To Staten Island DA Refusal To Prosecute Officers Violating NYC Diaphragm Law
07/23/20 LAS Statement in Response to Mayor’s Comments Faulting Courts For Uptick In Shootings
07/22/20 Legal Aid Lauds The Historic Passage of The Protect Our Courts Act
07/22/20 LAS Calls On NYC DOCCS To Protect The Incarcerated From Summer Heat-Related Dangers
07/21/20 Legal Aid Society Unveils 2020 NYS Black Youth Justice Agenda
07/20/20 Legal Aid Decries Death of Another Client, Hector Rodriguez, at Rikers Island
07/20/20 Statement from Counsel for Tyrese Haspil
07/18/20 Legal Aid Statement On The Passing Of Congress Member John Lewis
07/17/20 Joint Defender Letter Regarding Lawsuit To Halt Non-Emergency Court Matters
07/17/20 Statement from LAS Staten Island Office On the Anniversary of the Death of Eric Garner
07/16/20 LAS Lauds Ruling That Finds That NYPD’s Ballistics Method Riddled With Significant Flaws
07/16/20 Legal Aid Files Lawsuit to Challenge Systemic Discrimination by the NYS Justice Center
07/15/20 Legal Aid Calls On NYPD To Immediately Fire NYPD Officers Involved In Brutal Attack On Client
07/14/20 NYC Public Defenders File Federal Lawsuit to Halt Rushed Decision to Reconvene Courts
07/10/20 Plaintiffs Groups Dismayed by Court’s Decline To Order Investigation Into NYPD’s Practices
07/09/20 NYC Defenders Call on NY Court System to Delay Opening for Safety of Staff and Clients 
07/08/20 Statement In Response To AG’s Report On The NYPD’s Response to Demonstrations
07/08/20 NYC Defenders and NLG-NYC to DAs: Dismiss Social Distancing and Protest-Related Arrests
07/08/20 LAS Calls On Cuomo, OCFS: Prohibit Face-Down Restraints On Children At Treatment Centers
07/06/20 Despite Promises To Expunge Profiles, City Adds Innocent New Yorkers To DNA Index
07/02/20 LAS Launches Clinic To Assist Protesters in Filing Notice Of Claims, CCRB Complaints
07/02/20 Legal Aid Statement On Bail Reform Rollback Implementation
07/01/20 LAS Condemns NYPD Violence Against Queer Liberation March 

June 2020

06/30/20 LAS Condemns DOCCS For Refusing To Test Incarcerated People, Ignoring CDC Guidelines 
06/30/20 Legal Aid Statement On Albany Enacting The NYS Tenant Safe Harbor Act Into Law
06/30/20 LAS Secures Retrial From NYS Appellate Division For Client, Brian Mitchell
06/29/20 LAS, NYS Legislators, Advocates Urge Gov. to Sign the NYS Tenant Safe Harbor Act into Law
06/29/20 LAS Statement On Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Solitary Confinement Announcement
06/26/20 NYC Public Defenders Demand At Least $1 Billion Cut to NYPD Budget
06/25/20 LAS Files Motion To Vacate Conviction For Client Ensnared In Marijuana Planting Scheme
06/24/20 Statement On NYC DOHMH Report Concerning Underreported NYPD Involved Deaths
06/22/20 Home Health Care Advocates Call on Cuomo to Protect Workers During Pandemic
06/22/20 LAS Statement on Statewide Day of Action to Resist Evictions
06/19/20 LAS Statement in Recognition of Juneteenth
06/18/20 LAS Statement On City Council Vote To Pass the POST Act
06/18/20 Legal Aid Lauds SCOTUS Decision To Allow DACA To Continue
06/17/20 LAS Statement On Rent Guidelines Board’s Vote To Freeze Rents On Low-Income Tenants
06/17/20 LAS Statement On Governor Cuomo Granting Clemency To Client Juan Serrano
06/17/20 Statement On City’s Announcement To Post NYPD Disciplinary Records Online
06/17/20 Legal Aid Urges Rent Guidelines Board to Roll Back Rents Ahead of Final Vote Tonight
06/16/20 LAS Statement From Legal Aid On Gun Violence Awareness Month
06/16/20 LAS to Mayor and Johnson: Make NYPD Disciplinary Records Accessible to Public
06/15/20 LAS Statement On NYPD Disbanding Its Controversial Anti-Crime Unit
06/15/20  LAS Lauds Historic Victory for LGBTQ+ Workplace Protections
06/12/20  LAS Statement On New York Repealing Police Secrecy Law 50-a
06/11/20   LAS and Immigrant Rights Advocates Laud Win in NYAG ICE Out of Courts Lawsuit
06/10/20  Housing Attorneys and Advocates Urge NYC Civil and Housing Courts to Halt Reopening
06/09/20 LAS Lauds Passage Of 50-A Repeal, Urges Governor Cuomo to Enact Legislation Immediately
06/09/20 LAS Statement on Arrest of Officer who Assaulted Protester at George Floyd Demonstration
06/09/20 LAS Condemns Governor Cuomo For Ignoring 100+ Emergency Clemency Applications
06/08/20 LAS Commends NYS Legislature for Advancing 50-A Repeal Bill
06/08/20 Joint Statement In Support Of Today’s Public Defender March For Black Lives
06/07/20 LAS Urges Albany To Enact Newly Introduced Comprehensive 50-A Repeal Bill
06/07/20 Civil Rights Organizations’ Statement on Lifting NYC Curfew
06/05/20 Civil Rights Organizations Threaten to Sue if de Blasio Extends Curfew
06/05/20 LAS Files Notice Of Appeal In Case to Free New Yorkers Illegally Detained Pre-Arraignment
06/04/20 LDF, The Legal Aid Society Demand that Officers Stop Concealing Their Shield Numbers
06/04/20 Joint NYC Defender Statement On Efforts to Circumvent Law and Detain Protestors
06/04/20 LAS Condemns Mayor’s NYPD Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters, Offers CCRB Assistance
06/04/20 Attorneys Ask for Investigation into NYPD’s Social Distancing Enforcement to Include Curfew
06/04/20 As Videos Surface of NYPD Brutality, LAS Demands Full Repeal of Police Secrecy Law 50-A
06/02/20 LAS Files Emergency Lawsuit to Free 108 New Yorkers Detained Pre-Arraignment By NYPD
06/02/20 LAS Statement in Response to Report NYS Legislature Will Debate Police Secrecy Law 50-A
06/01/20 LAS Statement in Response to Citywide Curfew in NYC and Doubling of NYPD Enforcement
06/01/20 Joint NYC Defender Statement On NYPD Brutality
06/01/20 LAS Releases Know Your Rights Information For New Yorkers Protesting NYPD Brutality
06/01/20 As Lawmakers Conference Police Secrecy Law 50-a, LAS Urges Full Repeal
06/01/20 Independent Federal Monitor Reports on Abuse in New York City Jails Shows Dismal Progress

May 2020

05/30/20 LAS Statement in Response to Governor Cuomo’s Call to Repeal Police Secrecy Law 50-a
05/29/20 LAS Statement On NYS Anti-Mask Legislation (S8415/A10446)
05/28/20 LAS and Paul, Weiss Launch Litigation Campaign to Free TGNCNBI New Yorkers
05/28/20 LAS, Advocates Urge Albany to Pass “Good Cause” Eviction Bill Amid COVID-19 Crisis
05/26/20 Stop-and-Frisk Attorneys Ask Court to Investigate NYPD’s Social-Distancing Enforcement
05/26/20 Advisory: Video Press Conference Tuesday: NYPD Social-Distancing Enforcement Practices
05/26/20 LAS Urges Passage Of Key Bills to Protect Those Disproportionately Affected By COVID-19
05/22/20 Legal Advocates Urge Mayor and HRA to Improve Application Process During COVID-19
05/21/20 New Yorkers of Color Continue to Shoulder Brunt of NYPD COVID-19 Related Enforcement
05/18/20 Advocates Ask District Court to Block Public Charge Rule Amidst Pandemic
05/14/20 LAS Urges Albany to Defend New Yorkers Disproportionately Impacted by COVID-19
05/14/20 LAS Condemns Governor, DOCCS for Delaying Release of Six Incarcerated Pregnant Women
05/14/20 LAS Renews Call to Cease Enforcement of Social Distancing Rules After Release of New Video
05/13/20 LAS to Hold Virtual Press Conference to Urge Protection of COVID-19 Impacted New Yorkers
05/12/20  LAS Statement in Response to “COVID-19 Related” Arrest Data
05/08/20 LAS Sues to Free Medically Vulnerable Clients From Otisville Prison
05/07/20 LAS Statement on Rent Guidelines Board’s Preliminary Vote to Freeze Rents
05/07/20 LAS Statement on Eviction Moratorium Extension Amid COVID-19 Crisis
05/06/20 LAS Urges Rent Guidelines Board to Postpone Final Vote Ahead of Preliminary Hearing
05/05/20 LAS Secures The Release Of Eight Pregnant Women Currently Incarcerated At Bedford Hills
05/04/20 LAS Demands the Immediate Release of Ten Incarcerated Pregnant Women
05/04/20 Defenders, LGBTQ+ Advocates, More Request the Immediate Release of TGNCNBI New Yorkers
05/03/20 LAS Condemns NYPD For Violent Social Distancing-Related Arrests
05/01/20 LAS and Kasowitz File Mass Writ to Free Five Incarcerated Clients

April 2020

04/29/20 LAS Statement on Increased Policing of Homeless New Yorkers on the Subway
04/28/20 Seven Medically Vulnerable Immigrants in ICE Detention Seek Release Amid Pandemic
04/27/20 LAS Files Clemency Applications on Behalf of 40 Incarcerated New Yorkers
04/17/20 LAS Files Two Lawsuits to Release 76 Incarcerated New Yorkers at a high risk of COVID-19
04/16/20 LAS and Kasowitz File Lawsuit to Free 9 Clients Incarcerated at NYS Prisons
04/15/20 LAS Calls on Mayor and NYPD to Modify Policing Practices Putting Communities at Risk
04/15/20 LAS Files Clemency Applications on Behalf of 20 Incarcerated New Yorkers 
04/14/20 LAS Demands Immediate Release of Incarcerated New Yorkers After Death of Second Client
04/13/20 LAS Wins Release of 51 Incarcerated New Yorkers At High Risk of COVID-19
04/13/20  Immigrant Rights Groups Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Temporarily Halt “Public Charge”
04/13/20 LAS, Bronx Defenders, ACLU Win Immediate Release of Five Medically-Vulnerable Immigrants
04/09/20 LAS Wins Release of 28 New Yorkers Illegally Incarcerated at Rikers Island
04/07/20 LAS Calls on Gov. Cuomo, DOCCS to Release Over 100 Incarcerated New Yorkers
04/06/20 LAS Statement on Michael Tyson, LAS Client who Died from COVID-19
04/04/20 NYCLU and LAS Sue for Release of People Jailed for Alleged Parole Violations
04/03/20 LAS Files Fourth Lawsuit to Free 100 Incarcerated New Yorkers at a High Risk of COVID-19
04/03/20 NYC Defenders Statement on Legislative Rollback of Bail and Discovery Reforms
04/02/20 LAS Statement on NYS Senate Vote Passage to Roll Back Bail Reform
04/02/20 LAS Calls on Gov. Cuomo to Release Four Incarcerated People At High-Risk of COVID-19
04/01/20 NYC Defenders Condem Effort to Gut Progressive Bail Reform in Emergency Budget 

March 2020

03/31/20  LAS Statement Condemning Governor’s Attempt to Cut Medicaid Funding for Essential Care 
03/30/20 LAS Demands Transparency from City on COVID-19 Data at Rikers Island and Other Local Jails
03/30/20 LAS Calls on City Hall and State to Ensure All Homeless New Yorkers Have Access to Shelter 
03/27/20 LAS Secures Release of 106 Incarcerated New Yorkers at High Risk of COVID-19 From Rikers
03/27/20 LAS and Bronx Defenders Win Immediate Release of 4 Immigrants in ICE Detention
03/26/20 LAS Wins Release of 16 Incarcerated New Yorkers at a High Risk of COVID-19 From City Jails
03/26/20 LAS Launches Online Hub for COVID-19 Resources for Clients and Communities in NYC
03/26/20 LAS Files Lawsuit to Release Incarcerated Young New Yorkers at a high risk of COVID-19
03/25/20 NYC Jails – Including Rikers Island – Lead Nation in Terms of COVID-19 Infection Rate
03/25/20 LAS Files Third Lawsuit to Release 110 Incarcerated New Yorkers at a high risk of COVID-19 
03/24/20 NYIFUP Statement on First Detainee Testing Positive For COVID-19 at Bergen County Jail
03/24/20 LAS Files Second Lawsuit to Release 32 Incarcerated New Yorkers at a high risk of COVID-19 
03/23/20 LAS Requests Temporary Restraining Order to Free Clients at High Risk of COVID-19
03/22/20 LAS Echoes Call from NYC BOC to Release Incarcerated New Yorkers Vulnerable to COVID-19
03/22/20 Joint Statement Calling for Increased Support and Guidance for Runaway and Homeless Youth
03/20/20 LAS, Bronx Defenders Sue for Release of High Risk Clients From Immigrant Detention 
03/20/20 NYIFUP Reports Immigrants Organize Second Hunger Strike in NJ Detention Center 
03/20/20 Advisory: Council Member Lander, Worker Justice Advocates to Hold Virtual Press Conference
03/20/20 LAS Files Lawsuit to Release 116 Incarcerated New Yorkers at a High Risk of COVID-19
03/19/20 NYIFUP Statement on Bergen County Corrections Officer Testing Positive for COVID-19
03/19/20 LAS Urges ACS to Ensure Children in ACS Custody Have Technology to Access Family, Services
03/18/20 LAS Statement Responding to Reports of Positive COVID-19 Tests in New York City Jails
03/18/20 LAS Calls to Fire Officers in Marijuana Planting Scheme at Routine Traffic Stop
03/18/20 Immigrants in NJ Detention Organize Hunger Strike; NYIFUP Condemns Jail Conditions
03/18/20 NYC DOI Halts City Marshalls From Commencing Evictions Indefinitely
03/17/20  LAS Calls for Release of All Held at Rikers on Parole Violations, Use of Video Conferencing
03/16/20 LAS Calls for Immediate Moratorium on NYPD Arrests
03/16/20 NYC Defenders Call for Hearing on NYPD’s Manipulation of Stats to Undermine Bail Reform
03/15/20 Statement On First Confirmed COVID-19 Case Among NYC Department Of Correction Staff
03/15/20  LAS Statement on OCA Housing and Civil Court Closures Amid COVID-19 Crisis
03/15/20  Joint Defender Statement Condemning Gov. Cuomo’s Attempt to Roll Back New Bail Laws
03/15/20  Civil Legal Services Providers Call on Albany, City Hall to Stay Evictions
03/13/20  NYIFUP Demands ICE Release Immigrants in Local Jails and Halt All Arrests
03/13/20  Incarcerated Clients Report Absence of Basic Measures to Prevent the Spread Of COVID19
03/13/20  Emery Celli, Legal Aid File Lawsuit on Behalf of Client who was Illegally Shackled During Labor
03/12/20  Joint Defender Statement on Immediate Release of Vulnerable Incarcerated New Yorkers
03/12/20  Despite Over $340 Million in Revenue Corcraft Continues to Pay Pennies on the Dollar 
03/09/20 LAS Condemns Governor for Exploiting Incarcerated New Yorkers to Produce Hand Sanitizer
03/09/20 LAS Calls on BOC to Address Plans to Protect Incarcerated From Potential COVID-19 Spread
03/09/20 NYIFUP Demands Answers from ICE on How Detention Centers Will Respond to Coronavirus
03/06/20 FOIL Disclosure Reveals Tens of Thousands of NYCHA Residents Suffered Outages 
03/05/20 Joint Defender Statement on Citywide Decrease In Docketed Cases of Grand Larceny Auto
03/03/20 Joint Defender Statement Ahead of NYPD Monthly Crime Briefing
03/02/20 LAS Releases 2019 List Of NYPD Police Officers Most Frequently Sued For Alleged Misconduct
03/02/20 LAS Announces Class Action Settlement in Landmark Homeless Youth Lawsuit 

February 2020

02/27/20 Advisory: Immigrant Rights Advocates Urge Court to Block Latest “Public Charge” Rules
02/26/20 Statewide Criminal Defense Organizations Set The Record Straight On Bail Reform  Fact Sheet
02/25/20 Advisory: Statewide Criminal Defense Organizations Set the Record Straight on Bail Reform
02/24/20 New Edition of Public Charge Screening Tool for Community-Based Advocates Now Available
02/20/20 LAS Statement on NYPD Proposal to Amend DNA Collection, Storage Practices
02/20/20 Assemblymember Pichardo, LAS and More Call on City to Save Rent-Stabilized Building
02/19/20 Advocates, Tenants to Call on City to Save Deteriorating Rent-Stabilized Building in the Bronx
02/14/20 LAS Statement on New Trump Decision to Deploy BORTAC to Sanctuary Cities
02/12/20 Legal Aid, Cleary Gottlieb in Court to Continue Fighting Against ICE Courthouse Arrests
02/12/20 Statement on NYS Senate Majority Proposal to Roll Back Bail Reform
02/11/20  Executed Evictions Continue to Plunge Since Rent Laws Enacted in June/Right to Council
02/10/20 Legal Aid Decries 22 Percent Spike In Racially Biased Stop-And-Frisk Procedures
02/07/20 NYPD Data Reaffirms Need For Albany to Enact the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act
02/06/20 Joint Statement on Misinformation by Law Enforcement Regarding Nassau County Tragedy
02/06/20 NY Leaders Demand Passage of “Good Cause” Eviction Legislation in New Video
02/05/20 LAS Statement on NYS DOS Guidance Which Will Require Landlords to Pay Broker Fees
02/05/20 LAS & Weil, Gotshal & Manges Secure Due Process in Hearings for Domestic Violence Survivors
02/04/20 LAS Statement on NYPD Monthly Crime Briefing
02/03/20 Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Advocates Call on Albany to Combat NYS Housing Crisis
02/02/20 Council Speaker, Advocates and Tenants to Call On Albany to Fund Public Housing

January 2020

01/31/20  New Yorkers Filed Roughly 1,400 Lawsuits Against The NYPD For Alleged Misconduct in 2019
01/28/20 LAS Statement on Prosecutorial Misconduct Commission Court Ruling
01/28/20 NYCHA Residents Filed Almost 32,000 Work Orders To Address Mildew Complaints
01/27/20  Attorneys Condemn Supreme Court Ruling Temporarily Allowing “Public Charge” Rule
01/23/20 LAS Applauds Governor for Condemning Requirement That Judges Predict Future Crimes 
01/22/20 Motion Filed in U.S. Supreme Court to Continue Blocking “Public Charge” Immigration Rule
01/22/20 NYS Appeals Court Reverses City’s Motion To Dismiss NYCHA Rent Abatement Case
01/22/20 Immigrant Rights Advocates File Petition to Block Three Interrelated “Public Charge” Rules
01/21/20  LAS Statement on Statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 Budget Address
01/21/20  LAS Statement in Response to NYPD Whistleblower Letter on “Subway Diversion Program”
01/21/20  Housing Maintenance Violations Decrease Following Historic Rent Reforms
01/15/20  NYCHA Residents Have Filed Over 130k Heat/Hot Water Outage Complaints this Season
01/14/20  NYC Defenders Applaud Speaker Heastie’s Support of Pretrial Reforms 
01/14/20  Response to Trump’s “Desperate” Appeal to Lift Order Blocking “Public Charge” Rule
01/13/20  NYCHA Residents Filed Nearly 60k Insect Complaints in Nine Months  Data File .xls
01/10/20  LAS Applauds Newly Adopted Reforms to NYS Juvenile Parole System
01/09/20 Joint Statement on State of the State, Defenders Urge Criminal Justice Reforms
01/08/20 Court Denies Trump Request to Lift Last Remaining Nationwide “Public Charge” Injunction
01/07/20 LAS Statement on Proposal to Ban New Yorkers with Past Conviction from Mass Transit
01/06/20 LAS Statement on NYPD Monthly Crime Briefing
01/06/20 Evictions in NYC Down Over 18% Since Rent Laws Enacted in June
01/02/20 Corey Stoughton Joins LAS as Head of Criminal Defense Special Litigation
01/01/20 Joint Statement from NYC Defenders on First Day of Historic Criminal Justice Reforms

December 2019

12/20/19 LAS Calls on NYCHA to Prevent Heat and Hot Water Outages During Holidays
12/19/19  LAS Statement on City Council Vote to Extend J-51 Tax Credit Program for Landlords
12/19/19  Immigrant Rights Advocates File First Federal Lawsuit to Block “Public Charge” Rules
12/17/19   LAS’s Worker Justice Project Expands to Queens
12/17/19   Statement from Counsel Representing Accused 13-Year-Old in Tessa Majors Case
12/13/19  LAS Hosts 36th Annual Holiday Party for Homeless and Other Vulnerable Children
12/11/19   Advisory: Press Conference and Rally to Announce “Erase the Database NYC” Campaign
12/05/19 LAS Urges Immigrants in Need of Vital Government Benefits to Continue Accessing Them
12/04/19 NYS DOCCS Cancels Warrant for Nicholas Feliciano
12/04/19 LAS Calls on City to Lift Visiting Limitations on Family of Nicholas Feliciano
12/04/19 LAS Statement on Nicholas Feliciano
12/03/19 LAS Praises NYS Attorney General for Supporting Litigation to Secure Rent Abatements
12/02/19 LAS Hosts American Bar Association President Judy Perry Martinez for Staff Visit
12/02/19 Defenders Urge Passage of Key Criminal Justice Reforms

November 2019

11/27/19 LAS Statement on Queens DA’s List of NYPD Officers with Adverse Credibility Findings
11/22/19 LAS Announces Jerome Greco as Supervising Attorney for Digital Forensics Unit
11/20/19 LAS Statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance
11/18/19  Data From NYPD Report Reaffirms Need for Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act
11/15/19  LAS Statement in Response to Staten Island Press Conference on Bail Reform
11/13/19  LAS Secures Destruction of Illegal Juvenile Fingerprint Database
11/12/19  LAS Calls on Bronx DA to Dismiss Charges Against Client Destin Burgess
11/06/19 Joint Statement on Trump’s False Dog-Whistle on People in Pre-Trial Detention
11/06/19 LAS Calls on DA-Elect Katz to Fulfill Campaign Promises
11/04/19 LAS Statement on NYPD Commissioner O’Neill Retirement, Appointment of Chief Shea

October 2019

10/30/19 LAS Statement on NYC BOC Proposed Rules to Regulate Housing Units at City Jails
10/29/19 LAS, Exonerated Five, Innocence Project, More Announce Reforms to Criminal Justice System
10/29/19 LAS Wins Case Upholding Right to Challenge Unfairly Inflated Misdemeanor Charges
10/29/19 LAS Honors Key Partners at 2019 Pro Bono Publico Awards Ceremony
10/28/19 LAS Statement on Latest Nunez Independent Federal Monitor Report
10/28/19 LAS Demands Vacatur for Michael Robinson, Client Exonerated by DNA Test
10/23/19 LAS Welcomes Fall 2019 Criminal Defense Practice Class
10/22/19 LAS Wins Appeals Reversal on Overcharge Case Involving Mailbox Fishing
10/22/19 LAS Statement on Delayed Vote Concerning Rules on Isolated Housing at Local Jails
10/21/19  LAS Wins Stay for Client with Terminal Cancer in NYCHA Eviction Case
10/21/19  LAS Calls for End to OCME DNA Index After Wrongful Arrest
10/17/19   LAS Urges Comprehensive Change to Treatment of People in Solitary and Lock Down
10/17/19   NYC Defenders Joint Statement on Rikers Island
10/16/19  Housing Justice for All Launches 2020 NYS Legislative Campaign With Statewide Day of Action
10/15/19  LAS Urges Immigrants in Need of Public Assistance Benefits to Continue Seeking Benefits
10/11/19   Judge Blocks “Public Charge” Immigration Rule From Going Into Effect
10/11/19   LAS Files Suit Against NYPD Officer Who Tased, Used Banned Chokehold on Client
10/10/19  LAS Launches Newly Redesigned Website to Better Serve Clients
10/09/19 LAS Calls on NYCHA to Terminate Eviction Proceedings Against Client with Cancer
10/08/19 LAS Calls on Albany to Enact Automatic Expungement Legislation
10/07/19  Immigrant Rights Groups in Court to Halt Public Charge Rule
10/06/19 LAS Statement on Trump’s Suspension of Immigrant Entry on Premise of Healthcare
10/05/19 Hundreds of Immigrant Youth at Risk of Deportation Due to Government Failure
10/04/19 LAS Praises Ruling That Highlights Flawed In-House DNA Software
10/03/19 LAS Lauds Court Decision in Ciaramella et al v. Zucker
10/03/19 LAS & Davis Polk Move to Exonerate Client Wrongfully Incarcerated for 26 Years
10/01/19 LAS Statement on Raise the Age Phase II Implementation
10/01/19 LAS Calls for Fast-Tracking of Capital Funding for NYCHA Utility Needs

September 2019

09/25/19 LAS Statement on Proposal Aimed at Simplifying New York Court System 
09/25/19 LAS, AG James and DA Gonzalez Seek to Halt ICE Arrests in Courthouses
09/24/19 Ahead of Hearing, Plan Requiring Working Homeless to Save 30% of Earnings Critiqued
09/23/19 Court Grants Motion to Intervene Allowing NYS Tenants to Join Baseless Lawsuit
09/18/19 LAS Statement on Gregory Edwards, Staten Islander who was Shot and Killed by NYPD
09/16/19 LAS Decries City’s Failure to Comply with Disclosure Laws on Alleged NYPD Misconduct 
09/12/19 NYC Community Groups Ask Judge to Halt “Public Charge” Immigration Rule
09/10/19 LAS Urges BOC to Deny Use of “Separation Status” at City Jails
09/09/19 NYIFUP Joint Statement on Opening of a New Immigration Court
09/09/19 LAS, Partners File Motion to Protect Housing Reforms
09/07/19 LAS Statement on Raise the Age Implementation Progress Report
09/05/19 LAS, Willkie File Appeal Against NYCHA Over Rent Rebates
09/03/19 LAS Secures $285,000 Settlement for Client’s Unpaid Wages

August 2019

08/29/19 LAS Statement on NYPD Reinstating Officer Darryl Schwartz
08/27/19  NYC Community Groups File “Public Charge” Lawsuit Over Trump Immigration Rule
08/27/19  Eric Garner’s Family and Police Accountability Advocates File for Judicial Inquiry
08/26/19 LAS Calls on DAs to Review All Cases Involving Disgraced NYPD Officer Darryl Schwartz
08/23/19 LAS Decries New Solitary Confinement Practice Implemented in City Jails
08/19/19  LAS Statement on NYPD Firing of Daniel Pantaleo
08/19/19  LAS Statement on New NYPD ICE Detainer Statistics
08/15/19  FOIL: OCME DNA Database Grows by 19,000 Samples in Two Years
08/12/19  Class Action Seals Hundreds of Old Marijuana Possession Convictions
08/12/19  LAS FOIL Disclosure on NYCHA Unplanned Heat/Hot Water Outages
08/12/19  LAS Statement on Trump Administration’s New Public Charge Regulations 
08/09/19 LAS Statement on NYPD Disproportionately Targeting People of Color for Fare Evasion
08/08/19 LAS Statement on Attempted ICE Raid at WIN Homeless Shelter in East New York
08/02/19 LAS Calls for Firing of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo

July 2019

07/31/19  LAS Statement on Legislation to Make Splashing Police Officers with Water a Felony
07/31/19  LAS Statement on the Biannual Report of Civil Allegations Against NYPD
07/30/19 LAS Statement on Layleen Polanco
07/29/19 LAS Statement on NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo Enacting Marijuana Decriminalization
07/27/19  LAS Calls on City to Provide Cold Water, Ice, Cooling to Protect Incarcerated New Yorkers
07/25/19 LAS Statement on NYPD Water Splashing Policy Memo
07/24/19 LAS Statement on Trump Policy to Fast-Track Deportations for Undocumented Immigrants
07/22/19 LAS Announces $13.1 Million Public Assistance Class Action Settlement
07/19/19 LAS Lauds Ruling Streamlining Custody Process for Children with Out of State Relatives
07/17/19  LAS Statement on Newly Discovered DNA Evidence in Michael Robinson Case