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.
Brooklyn Defender Services Helps to Ring in the School Year in East New YorkBrooklyn Defender Services was thrilled to kick off the 2023 school year in spectacular fashion alongside our community partners for the “It Takes a Village Back-To-School Giveaway" on September 2nd at Success Community Gardens.Events
NYC Family Defense Providers Submit Joint Testimony to the New York Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on Racism Within Family Court and the Family Policing SystemThe Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services, Center for Family Representation, and the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem submitted joint testimony on racism within the family policing system to the New York Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which is conducting an investigation of “the New York Child Welfare System and its impact on Black Children and Families.”Press Releases
New York City Public Defenders’ Joint Statement on the Crisis on Rikers and the Need for ReceivershipNew York County Defender Services, The Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, and Queens Defenders issued a joint statement regarding the ongoing humanitarian crisis on Rikers Island.Press Releases
Sweltering Summer Weather Stirs Familiar Concerns Over Heat in NYC Jails“It’s an issue that seems to be within DOC’s control, something they can anticipate,” said Lucas Marquez, director of civil rights and law reform at Brooklyn Defender Services. “And yet they’re really not able to make sure that the conditions are humane for the people that are forced to be there.”In The NewsBail & Pre-Trial Incarceration
Brooklyn Defender Services and New York County Defender Services Joint Statement on William Johnstone, the Sixth Person to Die in New York City Jails in 2023Brooklyn Defender Services and New York County Defender Services released the following joint statement following reports of the death of William Johnstone, a client of Brooklyn Defender Services and New York County Defender Services, who was the sixth person to die in Department of Correction (DOC) custody this year.Press Releases
Op-ed: Keeping families together is best - June is National Family Preservation Month"In June, families across the country are honoring National Family Preservation Month, recognizing the importance of the work being done to keep families together. To keep the city’s children safe, we must support — not tear apart — their families and communities."In The News
Testimony: The New York City Council Committee on Education Oversight Hearing on Legislation related to Students in the Foster SystemHannah Mercuris, Senior Attorney in the Education Practice at Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS), testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education Oversight Hearing on Legislation related to Students in the Foster SystemLetters & TestimoniesEducation Rights
With the City’s FY24 Budget Due Next Friday, Public Defenders and Civil Legal Services Providers Call on Mayor Adams to Support Increased Funding to Meet Widespread Staffing and Operational NeedsNew York City’s leading public defender and civil legal services organizations called on Mayor Eric Adams to support increased funding in the City’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget to address insufficient funding levels, wage inequality, and rising costs which jeopardize low-income New Yorkers’ access to critical legal services.Press Releases
Preserving Family Bonds Act Passes the New York State LegislatureA coalition of families impacted by the foster system and advocates for parents and young people hail the passage of the Preserving Family Bonds Act (A5394 - Joyner / S6720 - Brisport) in the New York State Legislature. The bill passed in the NYS Assembly on June 21st and in the NYS Senate on May 22nd. The Preserving Family Bonds Coalition urges Governor Hochul to immediately sign the act into law.Press Releases