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Jul
31
2014
NY Sheriffs Stop Unlawfully Jailing Immigrants Thanks to NYCLU Advocacy

Thanks to advocacy by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association has advised all sheriffs across the state to stop imprisoning people without a warrant just so federal agencies can investigate them for immigration purposes. In response to the Sheriffs’ Association guidance, at least 10 counties have stopped honoring federal government requests that they jail people who have been arrested after they would have otherwise been released.

Jun
18
2014
New Settlement Protects Right to Film Police in Suffolk County

In a settlement approved late Tuesday by the Suffolk County Legislature, the Suffolk County Police Department has agreed to annually train and test all police officers on the First Amendment right of the public and the media to observe, photograph and record police activity in public locations.

Jun
10
2014
Women's Equality Coalition Calls on the New York State Senate to Vote on the Women's Equality Act

Leaders and advocates from the Women's Equality Coalition stand with legislators from both the State Assembly and State Senate today to urge the passage of the full Women's Equality Act (WEA), a bill supported by the vast majority of New Yorkers. The WEA provides common sense updates to existing New York law that will ensure the state’s 10 million mothers, sisters, daughters and wives are not held back by discrimination. This critical legislation will remove barriers to economic security, preserves access to reproductive health care and helps survivors of domestic violence.

Jun
5
2014
Fact Check: What it’s Really Like at the ‘Orange is the New Black’ Jail

In conjunction with the release of Orange is the New Black, the New York Civil Liberties Union today launched a Humanity is the New Black campaign highlighting the inhumane conditions at the Long Island jail featured in the popular Netflix show’s second season

Feb
11
2014
NYCLU Applauds Central Islip School Board for Rejecting Sex-Specific Policy for Homecoming Queen and King Nominees

The Central Islip School Board last night voted down a proposal to require nominees for Homecoming King to be male and Homecoming Queen to be female. The Suffolk County Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union applauded its decision. The proposal came after a local church group filed a petition to the school board after a lesbian student at Central Islip High School, Faith Shepherd, ran for and won the title for Homecoming King as a statement for gender equality and to support transgender individuals.

Dec
3
2013
Agreement between Suffolk Police and DOJ Should Enhance Public Safety

A settlement announced late today between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Suffolk County Police Department should enhance public safety by improving relations between the Police Department and immigrant residents, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Mar
20
2013
Federal Judge Greenlights Class-Action Lawsuit Challenging Deplorable Conditions at Suffolk County Jails

A federal judge has ruled that allegations of constitutional violations in a lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP challenging deplorable and inhumane conditions in Suffolk County’s two jails were sufficiently serious to state claims for violations of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. The judge also ruled that, because the alleged constitutional violations affect all current and future detainees of the Suffolk County’s jails, the case should move forward as a certified class action.

Feb
5
2013
NYCLU Condemns Rushed, Ill-Conceived, Ineffective Changes to Suffolk County Sex Offender Law

The New York Civil Liberties Union today condemned the Suffolk County Legislature's rushed approval of a major overhaul to the county’s sex offender management plan that will not enhance public safety and raises serious concerns about basic constitutional rights. The following statement is attributable to Amol Sinha, director of the NYCLU's Suffolk County Chapter:

Jan
16
2013
Federal Complaint Filed Against UPS for Forcing Pregnant Worker Off the Job

The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a federal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today against UPS for unfairly forcing a pregnant package driver to take unpaid leave, refusing to accommodate her with light-duty work and forcing her to lose her company health insurance just before the birth of her child.

Dec
6
2012
NYCLU Lawsuit Challenges New York State’s Use of Solitary Confinement

The New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a federal lawsuit challenging New York prison officials' system-wide policies and practices governing solitary confinement that are responsible for the arbitrary and unjustified use of extreme isolation on thousands of individuals incarcerated in New York’s prisons every year.

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