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Press Room

For press inquiries, contact:

Pat Bath
Communications Director
The Legal Aid Society
pbath@legal-aid.org
212-577-3346

Redmond J. Haskins
Deputy Communications Director
The Legal Aid Society
rhaskins@legal-aid.org
929-441-2384

Current Press Releases and Statements:

January 2020

01/15/20  NYCHA Residents Have Filed Over 130k Heat/Hot Water Outage Complaints this Season
01/14/20  NYC Defenders Applaud Speaker Heastie’s Support of Pretrial Reforms 
01/14/20  Response to Trump’s “Desperate” Appeal to Lift Order Blocking “Public Charge” Rule
01/13/20  NYCHA Residents Filed Nearly 60k Insect Complaints in Nine Months  Data File .xls
01/10/20  LAS Applauds Newly Adopted Reforms to NYS Juvenile Parole System
01/09/20 Joint Statement on State of the State, Defenders Urge Criminal Justice Reforms
01/08/20 Court Denies Trump Request to Lift Last Remaining Nationwide “Public Charge” Injunction
01/07/20 LAS Statement on Proposal to Ban New Yorkers with Past Conviction from Mass Transit
01/06/20 LAS Statement on NYPD Monthly Crime Briefing
01/06/20 Evictions in NYC Down Over 18% Since Rent Laws Enacted in June
01/02/20 Corey Stoughton Joins LAS as Head of Criminal Defense Special Litigation
01/01/20 Joint Statement from NYC Defenders on First Day of Historic Criminal Justice Reforms

December 2019

12/20/19 LAS Calls on NYCHA to Prevent Heat and Hot Water Outages During Holidays
12/19/19  LAS Statement on City Council Vote to Extend J-51 Tax Credit Program for Landlords
12/19/19  Immigrant Rights Advocates File First Federal Lawsuit to Block “Public Charge” Rules
12/17/19   LAS’s Worker Justice Project Expands to Queens
12/17/19   Statement from Counsel Representing Accused 13-Year-Old in Tessa Majors Case
12/13/19  LAS Hosts 36th Annual Holiday Party for Homeless and Other Vulnerable Children
12/11/19   Advisory: Press Conference and Rally to Announce “Erase the Database NYC” Campaign
12/05/19 LAS Urges Immigrants in Need of Vital Government Benefits to Continue Accessing Them
12/04/19 NYS DOCCS Cancels Warrant for Nicholas Feliciano
12/04/19 LAS Calls on City to Lift Visiting Limitations on Family of Nicholas Feliciano
12/04/19 LAS Statement on Nicholas Feliciano
12/03/19 LAS Praises NYS Attorney General for Supporting Litigation to Secure Rent Abatements
12/02/19 LAS Hosts American Bar Association President Judy Perry Martinez for Staff Visit
12/02/19 Defenders Urge Passage of Key Criminal Justice Reforms

November 2019

11/27/19 LAS Statement on Queens DA’s List of NYPD Officers with Adverse Credibility Findings
11/22/19 LAS Announces Jerome Greco as Supervising Attorney for Digital Forensics Unit
11/20/19 LAS Statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance
11/18/19  Data From NYPD Report Reaffirms Need for Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act
11/15/19  LAS Statement in Response to Staten Island Press Conference on Bail Reform
11/13/19  LAS Secures Destruction of Illegal Juvenile Fingerprint Database
11/12/19  LAS Calls on Bronx DA to Dismiss Charges Against Client Destin Burgess
11/06/19 Joint Statement on Trump’s False Dog-Whistle on People in Pre-Trial Detention
11/06/19 LAS Calls on DA-Elect Katz to Fulfill Campaign Promises
11/04/19 LAS Statement on NYPD Commissioner O’Neill Retirement, Appointment of Chief Shea

October 2019

10/30/19 LAS Statement on NYC BOC Proposed Rules to Regulate Housing Units at City Jails
10/29/19 LAS, Exonerated Five, Innocence Project, More Announce Reforms to Criminal Justice System
10/29/19 LAS Wins Case Upholding Right to Challenge Unfairly Inflated Misdemeanor Charges
10/29/19 LAS Honors Key Partners at 2019 Pro Bono Publico Awards Ceremony
10/28/19 LAS Statement on Latest Nunez Independent Federal Monitor Report
10/28/19 LAS Demands Vacatur for Michael Robinson, Client Exonerated by DNA Test
10/23/19 LAS Welcomes Fall 2019 Criminal Defense Practice Class
10/22/19 LAS Wins Appeals Reversal on Overcharge Case Involving Mailbox Fishing
10/22/19 LAS Statement on Delayed Vote Concerning Rules on Isolated Housing at Local Jails
10/21/19  LAS Wins Stay for Client with Terminal Cancer in NYCHA Eviction Case
10/21/19  LAS Calls for End to OCME DNA Index After Wrongful Arrest
10/17/19   LAS Urges Comprehensive Change to Treatment of People in Solitary and Lock Down
10/17/19   NYC Defenders Joint Statement on Rikers Island
10/16/19  Housing Justice for All Launches 2020 NYS Legislative Campaign With Statewide Day of Action
10/15/19  LAS Urges Immigrants in Need of Public Assistance Benefits to Continue Seeking Benefits
10/11/19   Judge Blocks “Public Charge” Immigration Rule From Going Into Effect
10/11/19   LAS Files Suit Against NYPD Officer Who Tased, Used Banned Chokehold on Client
10/10/19  LAS Launches Newly Redesigned Website to Better Serve Clients
10/09/19 LAS Calls on NYCHA to Terminate Eviction Proceedings Against Client with Cancer
10/08/19 LAS Calls on Albany to Enact Automatic Expungement Legislation
10/07/19  Immigrant Rights Groups in Court to Halt Public Charge Rule
10/06/19 LAS Statement on Trump’s Suspension of Immigrant Entry on Premise of Healthcare
10/05/19 Hundreds of Immigrant Youth at Risk of Deportation Due to Government Failure
10/04/19 LAS Praises Ruling That Highlights Flawed In-House DNA Software
10/03/19 LAS Lauds Court Decision in Ciaramella et al v. Zucker
10/03/19 LAS & Davis Polk Move to Exonerate Client Wrongfully Incarcerated for 26 Years
10/01/19 LAS Statement on Raise the Age Phase II Implementation
10/01/19 LAS Calls for Fast-Tracking of Capital Funding for NYCHA Utility Needs

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