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Press Room

For press inquiries, contact:

Pat Bath
Communications Director
The Legal Aid Society

Redmond J. Haskins
Deputy Communications Director
The Legal Aid Society

Current Press Releases and Statements:


July 2020

07/10/20 Plaintiffs Groups Dismayed by Court Decision That Declines Ordering Investigation Into NYPD’s Racially Discriminatory Social Distancing and Curfew Enforcement 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 

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