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"From court room to community center we are where you need us most, equipped with the experience that matters. At this moment in our society, you need to know your rights, how to get legal help, and how to find answers to your most pressing questions."
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LAS Joins Task Force for Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary, Intersex People in Custody

Attorneys Dori Lewis and Mik Kinkead join government and community organization representatives, all of whom are leading experts, including experts by lived experience.
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NYS Implements Phase II of Raise the Age for 17-Year-Olds

For many years, New York stood as one of only two states in the country that prosecuted all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal legal system, regardless of the crime committed, reports the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
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LAS Calls on City Hall, Albany to Bolster Funding for NYCHA Capital Needs

The Legal Aid Society wants to fast-track capital funding to address over $3 billion needed for upgrades to heat and hot water systems at New York City Housing Authority developments throughout the city, reports Curbed New York.
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LAS Launches Fundraiser to Help Immigrant New Yorkers Pay Hefty Fees

The campaign seeks to cover the exorbitant fees that come with applications for green cards, visas and other documents that give immigrants legal status, reports Patch.
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Advocates Rally Against Plan to Add 1,000 More Police Officers to City Transit

The Legal Aid Society stood in protest of Albany’s proposal to enforce “quality of life” crimes at subway and bus stations, which target poor New Yorkers, reports the New York Daily News.
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LAS in the News 9.27.19

We have an intrinsic connection to the daily lives of New Yorkers. Here are a few of the places we made a difference, provided context or added valuable perspective this week.
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LAS, Housing Advocates Urge Albany to Enact ‘Good Cause’ Legislation Immediately

Good Cause legislation would prohibit the eviction of residential tenants or the non-renewal of residential leases without legitimate and proper cause, reports AM New York.
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LAS, Attorney General and District Attorney Sue to Halt ICE Arrests in Courthouses

Two separate lawsuits filed against Immigration and Customs Enforcement challenge the legality of the agency’s practice of making civil immigration arrests without a judicial warrant or court order in and around New York State courthouses.
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LAS Decries Plan Requiring Homeless Workers to Participate in Savings Program

Homeless rights advocates and elected officials voiced their opposition to the proposal, which would require individuals to save 30% of their income or risk losing their shelter beds, reports the New York Daily News.
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