In an historic moment, today the United States Department of Justice announced its intention to sue New York City to redress the rampant abuse of prisoners held in New York City jails. The Legal Aid Society welcomes the Department of Justice’s request to intervene in Nunez v. New York, the lawsuit we have filed with two law firm partners, Ropes & Gray LLP and Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, seeking systemic reform of brutality in the City jails.
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Today marks the 5 month anniversary of the death of Eric Garner. Our thoughts are with the Garner family, who continue to mourn the loss of their loved one, particularly as this holiday season approaches..
Transgender healthcare would be covered by Medicaid in New York for the first time since 1998 under a regulation proposed today by the state Department of Health. The proposal would cover medically necessary treatments for gender dysphoria—a medical condition recognized by physicians worldwide—including hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery.
Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice, and William Gibney, Director of the Criminal Practice Special Litigation Unit, testified before the New York City Council's Committee on Courts and Legal Services and Committee on Public Safety on the operations of the Summons Court in light of the plan to transfer substantial numbers of marijuana cases into the Summons Courts.
The Staff of the Bronx Criminal Defense Practice donated food and clothes to help Bronx residents through the Part of the Solution Program. This effort was done in cooperation with the office of Council Member Ritchie Torres.
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