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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:

August 2020

08/20/20 LAS Decries COVID-19 Outbreak At Four Upstate DOCCS Prisons
08/07/20 LAS Calls on Governor Cuomo to Extend Eviction Moratorium Indefinitely 
08/06/20 LAS Statement on Agreement to Address Issues with Rikers Island Consent Judgment
08/05/20 LAS, Faith Leaders Call on Governor Cuomo to Extend Eviction Moratorium
08/05/20 LAS and Uptrust Launch Court Date Reminder Text Message Service
08/05/20 Public Advocate, LAS Call On Cuomo to Extend Eviction Moratorium
08/05/20 LAS, Proskauer Secure Victory to Provide Retroactive Guardianship Subsidies
08/04/20 Appellate Court Blocks “Public Charge” Immigration Rule
08/04/20 14,000 Households Across NYC Face Likely Eviction as Statewide Moratorium Expires

July 2020

07/30/20 Statement In Response To Report Debunking Mayor’s Claim Connecting Courts to Shootings
07/29/20 Judge Issues Nationwide Injunctions Blocking “Public Charge” Rules Amid Covid-19 Pandemic
07/29/20 Legal Aid Statement on NYPD Abduction of 18-Year-Old Trans Activist Nikki Stone
07/28/20 NYC Defenders Blast Decision Allowing Dangerous Resumption of In-Person Court Hearings
07/27/20 LAS Statement on Need to Acknowledge White Fragility, Organizations to Become Anti-Racist
07/27/20 Attorneys for Detained Immigrants Demand Release from Bergen County Jail Amid Heat Wave
07/24/20 LAS Response To Staten Island DA Refusal To Prosecute Officers Violating NYC Diaphragm Law
07/23/20 LAS Statement in Response to Mayor’s Comments Faulting Courts For Uptick In Shootings
07/22/20 Legal Aid Lauds The Historic Passage of The Protect Our Courts Act
07/22/20 LAS Calls On NYC DOCCS To Protect The Incarcerated From Summer Heat-Related Dangers
07/21/20 Legal Aid Society Unveils 2020 NYS Black Youth Justice Agenda
07/20/20 Legal Aid Decries Death of Another Client, Hector Rodriguez, at Rikers Island
07/20/20 Statement from Counsel for Tyrese Haspil
07/18/20 Legal Aid Statement On The Passing Of Congress Member John Lewis
07/17/20 Joint Defender Letter Regarding Lawsuit To Halt Non-Emergency Court Matters
07/17/20 Statement from LAS Staten Island Office On the Anniversary of the Death of Eric Garner
07/16/20 LAS Lauds Ruling That Finds That NYPD’s Ballistics Method Riddled With Significant Flaws
07/16/20 Legal Aid Files Lawsuit to Challenge Systemic Discrimination by the NYS Justice Center
07/15/20 Legal Aid Calls On NYPD To Immediately Fire NYPD Officers Involved In Brutal Attack On Client
07/14/20 NYC Public Defenders File Federal Lawsuit to Halt Rushed Decision to Reconvene Courts
07/10/20 Plaintiffs Groups Dismayed by Court’s Decline To Order Investigation Into NYPD’s Practices
07/09/20 NYC Defenders Call on NY Court System to Delay Opening for Safety of Staff and Clients 
07/08/20 Statement In Response To AG’s Report On The NYPD’s Response to Demonstrations
07/08/20 NYC Defenders and NLG-NYC to DAs: Dismiss Social Distancing and Protest-Related Arrests
07/08/20 LAS Calls On Cuomo, OCFS: Prohibit Face-Down Restraints On Children At Treatment Centers
07/06/20 Despite Promises To Expunge Profiles, City Adds Innocent New Yorkers To DNA Index
07/02/20 LAS Launches Clinic To Assist Protesters in Filing Notice Of Claims, CCRB Complaints
07/02/20 Legal Aid Statement On Bail Reform Rollback Implementation
07/01/20 LAS Condemns NYPD Violence Against Queer Liberation March 

June 2020

06/30/20 LAS Condemns DOCCS For Refusing To Test Incarcerated People, Ignoring CDC Guidelines 
06/30/20 Legal Aid Statement On Albany Enacting The NYS Tenant Safe Harbor Act Into Law
06/30/20 LAS Secures Retrial From NYS Appellate Division For Client, Brian Mitchell
06/29/20 LAS, NYS Legislators, Advocates Urge Gov. to Sign the NYS Tenant Safe Harbor Act into Law
06/29/20 LAS Statement On Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Solitary Confinement Announcement
06/26/20 NYC Public Defenders Demand At Least $1 Billion Cut to NYPD Budget
06/25/20 LAS Files Motion To Vacate Conviction For Client Ensnared In Marijuana Planting Scheme
06/24/20 Statement On NYC DOHMH Report Concerning Underreported NYPD Involved Deaths
06/22/20 Home Health Care Advocates Call on Cuomo to Protect Workers During Pandemic
06/22/20 LAS Statement on Statewide Day of Action to Resist Evictions
06/19/20 LAS Statement in Recognition of Juneteenth
06/18/20 LAS Statement On City Council Vote To Pass the POST Act
06/18/20 Legal Aid Lauds SCOTUS Decision To Allow DACA To Continue
06/17/20 LAS Statement On Rent Guidelines Board’s Vote To Freeze Rents On Low-Income Tenants
06/17/20 LAS Statement On Governor Cuomo Granting Clemency To Client Juan Serrano
06/17/20 Statement On City’s Announcement To Post NYPD Disciplinary Records Online
06/17/20 Legal Aid Urges Rent Guidelines Board to Roll Back Rents Ahead of Final Vote Tonight
06/16/20 LAS Statement From Legal Aid On Gun Violence Awareness Month
06/16/20 LAS to Mayor and Johnson: Make NYPD Disciplinary Records Accessible to Public
06/15/20 LAS Statement On NYPD Disbanding Its Controversial Anti-Crime Unit
06/15/20  LAS Lauds Historic Victory for LGBTQ+ Workplace Protections
06/12/20  LAS Statement On New York Repealing Police Secrecy Law 50-a
06/11/20   LAS and Immigrant Rights Advocates Laud Win in NYAG ICE Out of Courts Lawsuit
06/10/20  Housing Attorneys and Advocates Urge NYC Civil and Housing Courts to Halt Reopening
06/09/20 LAS Lauds Passage Of 50-A Repeal, Urges Governor Cuomo to Enact Legislation Immediately
06/09/20 LAS Statement on Arrest of Officer who Assaulted Protester at George Floyd Demonstration
06/09/20 LAS Condemns Governor Cuomo For Ignoring 100+ Emergency Clemency Applications
06/08/20 LAS Commends NYS Legislature for Advancing 50-A Repeal Bill
06/08/20 Joint Statement In Support Of Today’s Public Defender March For Black Lives
06/07/20 LAS Urges Albany To Enact Newly Introduced Comprehensive 50-A Repeal Bill
06/07/20 Civil Rights Organizations’ Statement on Lifting NYC Curfew
06/05/20 Civil Rights Organizations Threaten to Sue if de Blasio Extends Curfew
06/05/20 LAS Files Notice Of Appeal In Case to Free New Yorkers Illegally Detained Pre-Arraignment
06/04/20 LDF, The Legal Aid Society Demand that Officers Stop Concealing Their Shield Numbers
06/04/20 Joint NYC Defender Statement On Efforts to Circumvent Law and Detain Protestors
06/04/20 LAS Condemns Mayor’s NYPD Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters, Offers CCRB Assistance
06/04/20 Attorneys Ask for Investigation into NYPD’s Social Distancing Enforcement to Include Curfew
06/04/20 As Videos Surface of NYPD Brutality, LAS Demands Full Repeal of Police Secrecy Law 50-A
06/02/20 LAS Files Emergency Lawsuit to Free 108 New Yorkers Detained Pre-Arraignment By NYPD
06/02/20 LAS Statement in Response to Report NYS Legislature Will Debate Police Secrecy Law 50-A
06/01/20 LAS Statement in Response to Citywide Curfew in NYC and Doubling of NYPD Enforcement
06/01/20 Joint NYC Defender Statement On NYPD Brutality
06/01/20 LAS Releases Know Your Rights Information For New Yorkers Protesting NYPD Brutality
06/01/20 As Lawmakers Conference Police Secrecy Law 50-a, LAS Urges Full Repeal
06/01/20 Independent Federal Monitor Reports on Abuse in New York City Jails Shows Dismal Progress

May 2020

05/30/20 LAS Statement in Response to Governor Cuomo’s Call to Repeal Police Secrecy Law 50-a
05/29/20 LAS Statement On NYS Anti-Mask Legislation (S8415/A10446)
05/28/20 LAS and Paul, Weiss Launch Litigation Campaign to Free TGNCNBI New Yorkers
05/28/20 LAS, Advocates Urge Albany to Pass “Good Cause” Eviction Bill Amid COVID-19 Crisis
05/26/20 Stop-and-Frisk Attorneys Ask Court to Investigate NYPD’s Social-Distancing Enforcement
05/26/20 Advisory: Video Press Conference Tuesday: NYPD Social-Distancing Enforcement Practices
05/26/20 LAS Urges Passage Of Key Bills to Protect Those Disproportionately Affected By COVID-19
05/22/20 Legal Advocates Urge Mayor and HRA to Improve Application Process During COVID-19
05/21/20 New Yorkers of Color Continue to Shoulder Brunt of NYPD COVID-19 Related Enforcement
05/18/20 Advocates Ask District Court to Block Public Charge Rule Amidst Pandemic
05/14/20 LAS Urges Albany to Defend New Yorkers Disproportionately Impacted by COVID-19
05/14/20 LAS Condemns Governor, DOCCS for Delaying Release of Six Incarcerated Pregnant Women
05/14/20 LAS Renews Call to Cease Enforcement of Social Distancing Rules After Release of New Video
05/13/20 LAS to Hold Virtual Press Conference to Urge Protection of COVID-19 Impacted New Yorkers
05/12/20  LAS Statement in Response to “COVID-19 Related” Arrest Data
05/08/20 LAS Sues to Free Medically Vulnerable Clients From Otisville Prison
05/07/20 LAS Statement on Rent Guidelines Board’s Preliminary Vote to Freeze Rents
05/07/20 LAS Statement on Eviction Moratorium Extension Amid COVID-19 Crisis
05/06/20 LAS Urges Rent Guidelines Board to Postpone Final Vote Ahead of Preliminary Hearing
05/05/20 LAS Secures The Release Of Eight Pregnant Women Currently Incarcerated At Bedford Hills
05/04/20 LAS Demands the Immediate Release of Ten Incarcerated Pregnant Women
05/04/20 Defenders, LGBTQ+ Advocates, More Request the Immediate Release of TGNCNBI New Yorkers
05/03/20 LAS Condemns NYPD For Violent Social Distancing-Related Arrests
05/01/20 LAS and Kasowitz File Mass Writ to Free Five Incarcerated Clients

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