The New Yorker is carrying an article on Jonathan Chasan, Supervising Attorney in the Prisoners' Rights Project, and his three decade long fight to stop the abuse of inmates at Rikers Island.
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Synod Hall on the grounds of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine was filled with the laughter of children during The Legal Aid Society's 32nd annual Holiday Party for Homeless and Other Vulnerable Children. For many of these children, The Legal Aid Society party is the only source of holiday gifts.
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.
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.
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