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DISMISSAL OF LOITERING FOR THE PURPOSES OF PROSTITUTION AND PROSTITUTION BENCH WARRANTS

On February 2, 2021 the New York legislature repealed the loitering for the purposes of prostitution statute, commonly called the “Walking While Trans Ban.” This means loitering for the purposes of prostitution is no longer a criminal offense in New York, and the records of past convictions will be sealed automatically.

In response to the loitering repeal, prosecutors in New York City moved to dismiss and seal certain cases charging prostitution-related offenses as follows:

Brooklyn: On January 29, 2021 and March 24, 2021, open cases charging prostitution or loitering for the purposes of prostitution were dismissed and ordered sealed. This includes cases in bench warrant status. 1,119 cases were dismissed.

Questions? Please contact the office who represented you:

1. If you have an open case or warrant for prostitution or loitering in New York City or an open case or warrant for unlicensed practice of massage in Manhattan and want to find out if your case was part of this mass dismissal, or

2. To confirm that your conviction for loitering has been sealed, or

3. To find out whether a conviction for prostitution is eligible to be dismissed or sealed.

Contact Jillian Modzeleski at Brooklyn Defender Services: jmodzeleski@bds.org

Or

Leigh Latimer at The Legal Aid Society: lelatimer@legal-aid.org