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Naturalized U.S. Citizen Settles with U.S. Government in Wrongful Arrest Suit

The case highlights the need for Border Patrol agents to have clear arrest procedures that protect the dignity and respect of everyone involved. Today, in a case that illustrates how hyper-vigilant border enforcement can violate people’s civil liberties, three civil legal services firms--Legal Aid Society of Rochester, Worker Justice Center and Empire Justice Center—announced the out-of-court settlement between their client, Gerardo Vazquez-Mentado, and the United States. Mr. Vazquez-Mentado, an Oswego County resident, store owner and naturalized U.S. citizen, brought suit after he was wrongfully arrested and detained by Border Patrol agents. Read More


Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation that will Help Families Avert Crisis When they Lose their Child Care Subsidy

This new law addresses this very real problem by providing three times the amount of notice to parents. Read More


Ambassadors for Coverage Participating in over 70 events in NYS through New York State of Health & CVS Pharmacy Partnership

We are excited that NYSOH is partnering with CVS Pharmacy to provide outreach and education about the NYS Health Marketplace to hard to reach consumers. Read More


New Web-Based Program Offers Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Critical Legal Information For Free

An exciting and innovative new resource is available that will help those homeowners by providing a free, web-based, step-by-step guide through the foreclosure process, providing critical information that can help save their homes. Read More


Empire Justice Press Release: New Report Shows Dramatic Disparities Still Exist in Access to Child Care

Despite substantial evidence showing that investing in child care significantly contributes to child well-being and successful outcomes for working parents, as well as successful efforts this year to increase funding for subsidies in the state budget, a new report released today by Empire Justice Center shows that low income working families in New York have continued to lose child care subsidies. Read More


Press Release: Empire Justice Center and Batavia City School District Reach Agreement on Class Action Title IX Case

Empire Justice Center is pleased to announce that a settlement has been reached in the class action suit Myers v. Batavia City School District. Read More


Media Advisory: New Report Shows Disparities Still Exist in Access to Child Care

Desperate need remains for substantial a increase in state funding and establishment of new program rules to assure adequate and equitable child care subsidies across New York. Read More


Rochester City Council Meeting Tonight at 6:30- Speak out to Ban the Box!

After a diverse crowd of over 120 supporters attended the public hearing last week, it is clear that there is overwhelming public support in favor of banning the box in Rochester. Read More


Opportunity to Compete Coalition Urges Rochester City Council to “Ban the Box”

The Opportunity to Compete Coalition urges supporters to join them at a public hearing on Tuesday, May 13th at 6:30pm, so the community can send a clear message to City Council to pass this ordinance, and to Mayor Warren to sign it into law. Read More


Empire Justice Center Welcomes Five New Advocates

New staff members strengthen Empire Justice’s capacity in four areas of law Read More