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NYLPI matches community organizations and non-profits with pro bono attorneys from law firms and corporate legal departments across New York City. More information and how to apply

NYLPI promotes and defends the rights of people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in all aspects of New York City life. More

HJ program brings a racial justice and immigrant rights focus to health care advocacy in New York City and State. We work to: (1) challenge health disparities; (2) eliminate racial and ethnic discrimination and systemic and institutional barriers that limit universal access to health care; (3) promote immigrant and language access to health care; and (4) address the social determinants of health so that all New Yorkers can live a healthy life. More

NYLPI provides community organizing and legal assistance for low-income neighborhoods and communities of color that bear an unfair burden of environmental threats. More

People confined to immigration detention have the right to adequate health care. A report by NYLPI’s Health Justice program shows that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and County jails are delaying and denying necessary and essential care – leading to devastating health consequences such as emergency surgery, delayed cancer diagnoses and worsening conditions of treatable diseases and pain. Click here to download a full copy of the report. .

Many New Yorkers with asthma or other breathing problems live with conditions mold, mice, or cockroaches that are dangerous for them because of their illness. NYLPI s Healthy Homes Resources Page offers a set of tools for tenants to enforce their right to a healthy home. Read more about how you can protect your or your family s health.

School renovations are critical for promoting healthy school environments. But a major construction project can create its own health risks. NYLPI’s Safe School Renovation manual is a “know your rights” guide that can help parents protect children’s health during school construction. Click here to download a copy of the manual.

New York City parents and advocacy groups have campaigned since 2009 to rid their schools of PCB contaminated caulking materials and PCB contaminated lighting fixtures that are actively leaking PCBs into classrooms. Read more about our PCB campaign .

Remembering Michael Rothenberg

In 2012 we lost one of the nation’s leading public interest law figures and our executive director, Michael Rothenberg. Over the course of 11 years, Michael used his impressive talents to vastly expand NYLPI’s capacity and effectiveness.

Read more about Michael’s life and work.


As part of our nonprofit capacity building work, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) is pleased to announce the release of a special guide that outlines best practices for nonprofits when assisting and protecting immigrant clients in this new era.

With the great work of our pro bono partners, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton Garrison LLP and Stroock Stroock Lavan LLP, an advisory by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and valuable input of many allies, we have developed these guidelines to answer key questions raised by nonprofits and service providers. As one of the first comprehensive documents to be created on this topic, NYLPI’s Guidance to Nonprofits Regarding Immigration Enforcement aims to assist members of the nonprofit community in navigating complex legal questions and provide guidance on specific scenarios.

Informed nonprofits are thriving nonprofits. Our shared goal is to ensure that every individual can live with access to the support that they need to succeed in our sanctuary city. We hope that you will download, review, and share this document with as many people as possible. Stay tuned for details about upcoming legal trainings for nonprofits addressing this issue.

NYLPI is pleased to announce our new Disability Justice Health Justice Senior Staff Attorney, Marinda van Dalen. Marinda joins NYLPI after serving as a managing attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, located in one of the most impoverished counties in the country. There she litigated complex civil cases, primarily in the area of civil rights, on behalf of individual and organizational plaintiffs. Marinda also previously served as Director of the Fair Housing Project at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. A native New Yorker, Marinda received her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law and her bachelor s degree from McGill University. She is fluent in Spanish and Dutch.

A generous gift from Weil, Gotshal Manges LLP supports this position.

On June 27, 2017, Laura Redman, HJ Director, joined Human Rights Watch and CIVIC in a national webinar Fighting for Dignity: Advocacy Tools for Improving Medical Care for Immigrants in Detention. Laura discussed how NYLPI s work and recent report documented how deficient medical care leads to severe pain, illness, and sometimes needless death for immigrants in detention and creative efforts to advocate on an individual and local level that have had a real and promising impact. The webinar shared stories and provided tips on how to replicate these efforts around the country.

According to a new analysis by NYLPI and Transform Don’t Trash NYC, the private sanitation industry in NYC has not improved its recycling performance despite new city rules clarifying which materials must be sorted for recycling at commercial businesses.

NYLPI and other advocates continue to gather evidence that private waste haulers may in fact be landfilling materials designated for recycling under city law.

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