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ARTICLES

Consumer Protection is a Civil Rights Issue
By National Council of La Raza
During the Great Recession, Latino* families lost an entire generation of wealth.1 The reckless behavior of financial institutions, including banks, credit card companies, and mortgage lenders helped bring about a financial crisis that cost Americans millions of jobs, billions in tax-payer funded bailouts, and trillions of lost retirement savings. The lack of consumer protections allowed unscrupulous lenders to target communities of color with unfair and abusive financial products. Read More

Fair Hearing of the Month
Fair Hearing #7354144N (December 12, 2016)
Joint account held by representative payee is not a resource in public assistance eligibility determination. Read More

Web News - April 2017
Guidance for Same Sex Couples Seeking SSA Benefits; New Website for Veterans and Volunteer Attorneys Available; Benefits Checklist for Older Adults in NYS Updated; NY Attorney General Issues Tenant Rights Information Read More

 


IN THE NEWS

Empire Justice Press Release: 2017 Legislative Session
Empire Justice Center achieved one notable win that will have a huge impact on disabled New Yorker’s access to disability benefits, but were keenly disappointed by being unable to get legislation that would allow victims of wage theft to get paid what they are owed, and a bill that would have ensured that crime and domestic violence victims’ right to call 911 is not impeded in communities where there are local nuisance ordinances, passed in the Senate. We came so close. It’s a shame New Yorkers will be without these critical protections until 2018. Read More

Empire Justice Press Release: Senate Can Pass S.405 Today or Tomorrow to Solve the Nuisance Ordinance Problem
Senator Robach’s bill, S.405, which has already passed the Assembly and is in the Senate Rules Committee would fix the constitutional problem by creating a statewide exemption in these laws for crime victims, including domestic violence victims, so that it is clear that they will not be penalized if they call 911 for help. Read More

Empire Justice Press Release: New York State Delivers a Tight Budget with Several Notable Wins for Low Income New Yorkers
Upon the finalization of the 2017-2018 state budget, Empire Justice Center was excited to announce that several of its legislative priorities were included, including a new $1 million investment that will allow the organization to dramatically increase the amount of assistance it can provide to immigrants in need of legal representation, as well as two notable policy changes. At the same time, other important programs and proposals sustained losses that will be acutely felt by hard working New Yorkers in the coming year, causing much concern Read More

 


POLICY ADVOCACY

Emnpire Jusitce Comments on Protecting the Mortgage Insurance Fund
Empire Justice Center's comments focus on how HUD’s current foreclosure alternatives program for FHA-insured loans avoids unnecessary payment of insurance claims, and thus protects the mortgage insurance fund (Fund) and our communities. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony on the New York State Supplement Program
Empire Justice Center testimony on the impact that State takeover has had on the administration of the State Supplement Program and delivery of benefits to eligible recipients. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Expand Access to Drivers’ Licenses
Empire Justice Center strongly supports A.4050, which would authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue limited purpose drivers’ licenses without requiring applicants to establish their legal presence at the time of the application. Read More

 


NEWSLETTERS

Policy Matters May 2017
Empire Justice Center's latest edition of Policy Matters. Read More

Policy Matters April 2017: Budget Wrap
Empire Justice Center's latest edition of Policy Matters. Read More

Disability Law News - April 2017 Issue
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP Advocates. In this issue, new Social Security Rulings have been issued while others rescinded. Several new regulations, administrative decisions and court decisions are also discussed. Read More

   


PUBLICATIONS

Know Your Rights: A Guide to Fighting Discrimination Against Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming New Yorkers Under the New York State Human Rights Law
Transgender and gender-nonconforming people in New York State are now clearly protected by our Human Rights Law (HRL), thanks to new regulations issued earlier this year. Our NEW GUIDE explains what gender identity-based discrimination might look like, and how to exercise your rights under the HRL. Read More

 

Seeking Protection from Domestic Violence in New York's Family Court
Information for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence with Limited English Proficiency. Read More

 

NYRL Report: Divergent Paths
Divergent Paths reveals wide variations in the implementation of foreclosure settlement conference rules. The wide variations in implementation have the potential to leave tens of thousands of New Yorkers at heightened risk of losing their homes. Read More

 


TRAINING AND EVENTS

HIV AS A DISABLING CONDITION: Maximizing SSI / SSD
This training will provide case managers with basic information about Social Security's disability benefit program. Read More

The Hip Bone is Connected to the Back Bone: Understanding Musculoskeletal Impairments and "Dem Bones"
A medical practitioner familiar with Social Security Administration's (SSA) listings discusses the musculoskeletal impairments listing. An experienced Social Security attorney will facilitate the presentation so that participants will better understand the type of medical evidence they will be reviewing and should be developing in cases of musculoskeletal impairments. A hypothetical case scenario of a young adult (18-25 years old) with musculoskeletal and mental impairments who has been denied SSI will be used to demonstrate strategies for arguing that a claim meets or equals the listing. Read More