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Mar
25
2015
Assembly Stands Up for Healthy Families by Passing Reproductive Services Act

The New York Civil Liberties Union today applauded the Assembly for passing the Reproductive Services Act, a bill that will strengthen and modernize New York’s abortion laws. “The State Assembly has a proud record of championing the rights of women,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “This important legislation is not only about strengthening reproductive rights. It’s about supporting autonomy, privacy and dignity. It’s about supporting healthy families.”

Mar
19
2015
NYCLU and ACLU Sue TSA for Records on Discredited ‘Behavior Detection’ Program

The NYCLU and the American Civil Liberties Union took the Transportation Security Administration to court today in an effort to uncover documents about a controversial passenger screening program used at airports nationwide. The program is called Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT. TSA “behavior detection officers” watch passengers in airport screening areas for behaviors that the TSA associates with stress, fear or deception – sometimes also engaging travelers in casual conversation. The officers then flag certain people for additional inspection and questioning.

Mar
19
2015
Decision in Garner Grand Jury Records Case Adds Fuel to New Yorkers’ Distrust of System

In response to a Staten Island judge’s decision to keep secret records from the Grand Jury which failed to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. The NYCLU in December petitioned the court to release to the public the Grand Jury’s transcript, as well as the evidence presented and instructions the jury was given.

Mar
17
2015
Assembly Stands Up for NY’s Families, Economy by Passing Paid Family Leave

The New York State Assembly today passed the Paid Family Leave Act, legislation that allows New York workers to take paid leave to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill family member. The New York Civil Liberties Union is among the advocacy organizations that has been pressing for years for the state to support New York’s workers and families by passing the legislation.

Mar
17
2015
Court Orders Erie County Sheriff to Disclose Use of Stingray Surveillance Device

In a victory for the public’s right to know, a Supreme Court judge in Buffalo this afternoon ruled that the Erie County Sheriff’s Office must disclose public information “stingrays,” devices that can track and record New Yorkers’ locations via their cell phones. The New York Civil Liberties Union sued the Sheriff’s Office in November for failing to follow the law and respond to public information about how it uses the devices.

Mar
4
2015
TV Show Examines NYC School to Prison Pipeline

Project Liberty, the New York Civil Liberties Union’s television show, is back and broadcasting across New York City. Our sixth episode – now available on YouTube – highlights the experiences of New York City public school students who encounter metal detectors, overly-aggressive policing and other challenges as they pursue their constitutional right to education.

Mar
3
2015
Health Care Transparency Will Help Address Overincarceration and Violence at Rikers, According to NYCLU Testimony

Regular reporting on the physical and mental health of people incarcerated on Rikers Island and the provision of care prisoners there receive will take New York City a step closer toward addressing the violence that plagues the jail, according to testimony to be delivered today before the New York City Council.

Mar
3
2015
Community Input into Policing is Necessary for Public Safety

At a New York City Council hearing today, the New York Civil Liberties Union will testify endorsing community policing, a policing model that would entail greater community involvement and oversight of NYPD practices.

Feb
26
2015
Victory in NYPD Quota Case Protects Speech of Officers, Public Employees

In a victory for the free speech rights of police officers and all public employees, a federal appeals court this morning ruled that when an NYPD officer and whistleblower exposed an illegal quota system in his Bronx precinct that his speech was protected. The case was brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Feb
26
2015
New Records Reveal Erie County Jail Must Do More to End Abusive Conditions

The New York Civil Liberties Union this morning released the first in a series of reports documenting prisoner conditions at two Erie County jails. The NYCLU won the release of the reports following a two-year legal battle with the county, and the documents reveal that while the county has made progress on conditions in the jails, improvements have been inconsistent and slow in coming.

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