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Dec
17
2014
Board of Regents, AG Take Important Step to Help Ensure Immigrant Kids Can Go to School

The Board of Regents and State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday issued an emergency regulation to help ensure that immigrant children can attend school in New York State. The regulation comes after the New York Civil Liberties Union in October released a review that showed that many school districts across the state may be unlawfully barring the enrollment of immigrant students.

Dec
12
2014
NYCLU Releases Police Reform Platform for New York State

The New York Civil Liberties Union today sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio proposing a platform for statewide and citywide police reform focusing on de-escalation of policing practices and meaningful accountability for police wrongdoing.

Nov
19
2014
NYCLU Sues Erie Co. Sheriff for Information on Surveillance Device

The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging the Erie County Sheriff’s Department’s failure to follow the law and make public information about how it uses mobile devices to track and record New Yorkers’ locations. The NYCLU first filed a Freedom of Information request in June after local media reports revealed that the Sheriff’s Office was using mobile devices known as ‘stingrays’ to pick up signals from all cell phones and wireless devices within a given area, collecting information on the comings and goings of innocent people in the process.

Oct
30
2014
NYCLU Survey: NY School Districts Illegally Denying Education to Immigrant Children

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released findings from a review of approximately 20 percent of New York State school districts revealing that the majority of those districts may be unlawfully barring the enrollment of immigrant students.

Sep
17
2014
NYCLU Report Exposes NY’s Failure to Provide Public Defense to Poor in Violation of Constitution

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released a report revealing grim new data regarding New York State’s abject failure to provide public defense services to poor people accused of crimes, a violation of the U.S. Constitution, state constitution and the laws of New York. The new report also features testimonials from New Yorkers across the state whose families, homes and livelihoods were devastated by the broken public defense system.

Aug
27
2014
NYCLU Unveils ‘Wheel of Justice’ Game to Highlight NY’s Broken Public Defense System

At a press conference today in Washington Square Park, the New York Civil Liberties Union kicked off its Wheel of Justice NY campaign to highlight New York State’s broke public defense system. The campaign – complete with a travelling Wheel of Fortune-style game that can also be played online – calls on Governor Cuomo to end the state’s failure to provide effective attorneys to poor New Yorkers accused of crimes, and settle an NYCLU lawsuit on the matter going to trial this October. The trial will be the first of its kind in the nation.

Aug
18
2014
NYCLU Victory Secures Public’s Right to Know if Erie County has Cleaned Up its Jails

In a victory for open government, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that Erie County must unseal reports on the conditions in its jails. The decision is a result of the New York Civil Liberties Union’s intervention in a case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. ““This is a victory for open government and an important step in securing healthy and humane conditions at the Erie County Holding Center, and throughout the county’s correctional system," said John A. Curr III, director of the NYCLU’s Western Regional Office.

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
17
2014
NYCLU Demands Information on Sheriff’s Use of Cell Phones to Track Innocent People’s Locations

The New York Civil Liberties Union today filed formal legal requests for information about the Erie County Sheriff’s Office’s use of mobile devices to track and record New Yorkers’ locations. Recent media reports reveal that the Sheriff’s Office is using mobile devices known as “stingrays” to pick up signals from all cell phones and wireless devices within a given area, collecting information on the comings and goings of totally innocent people in the process.

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.

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