New York Immigrant Family Unity Project Statement on Massive ICE Data Leak of Detained Asylum Seekers’ Information
“ICE has caused a serious security breach that resulted in an appalling breach of privacy and potential for grievous harm to people who are in its custody. People fleeing torture and persecution have experienced horrific violence and come to the United States seeking safety. Instead, the government has detained them in jail and has now released their personal information to the public, creating a risk of retaliation from the very individuals and governments they fled."
“We demand that the government notify all affected people immediately, either directly, or through their attorneys, that their information was included in the security breach and then proceed to release those impacted people from jail to ensure their safety and so they can begin to remediate the harm that was caused to them."
View the full statement here.
BDS Testimony before The New York City Human Resources Administration regarding CityFHEPS Program Eligibility AmendmentsNow is the moment, when the housing and homelessness crisis is deepening, to implement changes that will ensure CityFHEPS vouchers are a true path to permanent housing.Letters & TestimoniesTenant Rights and Housing Discrimination
BDS Letter to the Board of Correction concerning the Department of Correction Variance Requests regarding Correspondence and PackagesThese policies would further dehumanize people in custody by isolating them from crucial family ties and subjecting them and their families to enhanced surveillance.Letters & TestimoniesBail & Pre-Trial Incarceration
Brooklyn Defenders Calls on NYC Board of Correction to Deny Department of Correction’s Requests to Limit Physical Mail and Packages in NYC JailsThe Department of Correction’s proposals to cut off physical mail and non-commercial packages to everyone in its custody is a drastic overreach that will only further dehumanize people in custody.In The NewsBail & Pre-Trial Incarceration
Hochul Signs Into Law Measure Granting Custody Hearings to Unwed FathersWritten by Amy Mulzer, a senior attorney with Brooklyn Defender Services, with help from New York University law professor Christine Gottlieb, the Parental Equity Act aims to bring fairness to birth fathers by granting full and fair hearings regarding their fitness to care for children who were moved into foster care by the state.In The News
Reforms to NYC child welfare laws would require investigators inform families of rightsDozens of parents and NYC council members rallied Wednesday for long-sought reform bills that require city workers to verbally inform families of their legal rights at the start of a child welfare investigation.In The NewsEarly Defense for Parents Facing ACS Investigations
The Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn Defender Services and Milbank LLP File Motion to Hold NYC Department of Correction in Contempt for Ongoing Failure to Provide Incarcerated New Yorkers Access to Medical CarePetitioners demand that DOC pay $3.08M in fines to incarcerated New Yorkers who missed critical medical appointments from February - October 2022 and request the court grant a hearing on limiting the population in DOC custody.Press ReleasesBail & Pre-Trial Incarceration
Lawsuit Asserts If Rikers Can’t Provide Medical Care, It Should Cap PopulationThe city Department of Correction should pay a $3 million fine and explain to a judge how many people it can realistically provide medical care to and take no more than that, New York’s largest public defender group argued in a court filing Monday.In The NewsBail & Pre-Trial Incarceration
BDS Testimony before New York City Council Committees on Veterans and Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction regarding Veterans Treatment CourtsIn our experience, Veterans Treatment Court provides critical avenues for healing and recovery to individuals who require evidence-based treatment interventions in the community.Letters & TestimoniesBail & Pre-Trial Incarceration
BDS Testimony before the New York Senate Committee On Crime Victims, Crime & Correction on the Elder Parole and Fair & Timely Parole BillsThese two parole justice measures will reunite families, improve community safety, and save New York State money that could be reallocated toward urgent community needs.Letters & TestimoniesParole Justice