After Five Months Legal Aid Calls For Change
December 17, 2014

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..

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Major Victory- Transgender Healthcare To Be Covered by Medicaid
December 16, 2014

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.

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Legal Aid Testifies Before NYC Council on Summons Courts
December 15, 2014

Legal Aid Testifies Before NYC Council on Summons Courts 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.

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Bronx Criminal Defense Donates Food and Clothes
December 15, 2014

Bronx Criminal Defense Donates Food and Clothes 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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Still Seeing Trespass Arrests In NYCHA, Says Legal Aid Chief Defense Attorney. They Must Be Conducted Constitutionally
December 12, 2014

Still Seeing Trespass Arrests In NYCHA, Says Legal Aid Chief Defense Attorney. They Must Be Conducted Constitutionally Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice at The Legal Aid Society said there must be a new "conversation" about vertical patrols in light of the death of Akai Gurley to ensure they are conducted constitutionally. Luongo told the Huffington Post that “we're still seeing trespass arrests in [New York City Housing Authority] housing,” noting that many of those arrested are guests visiting family members or friends.

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