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Immigrant Rights

The Immigrant Rights Policy Advocacy section contains Legislative Memos, Letters, Comments and Testimony. You will also find news items, articles and reports that relate to our policy work in immigrant rights.



Empire Justice Urges Governor to Sign Bill to Improve Access to Child Care Assistance
This bill encourages applicants for and recipients of child care subsidies to obtain orders of child support, but makes clear that such applicants and recipients may not be required to obtain such orders as a condition of receiving a subsidy. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony on Economic Abuse as a Form of Domestic Abuse
Our testimony on critical issues impacting victims of domestic violence and their families. Read More


Comments on NYSED Proposed Amendments Relating to Student Enrollment
Empire Justice Center strongly supports the New York State Education Department’s effort to protect the rights of new immigrant children to attend school, and believes that this amendment will aid that objective. Read More

Empire Justice Comments on New York State's TANF State Plan 2009-2011
Testimony focuses on the public assistance gross income eligibility test, the resource test as applied to automobiles, the implementation of the Family Violence Options and the education and training rules. Read More




Empire Justice Testimony at the 2017 Human Services Budget Hearing
Our extensive testimony at this year's joint legislative budget hearing on human services. Read More


Policy Related Articles

Take Action: Community Health Advocates at Risk :
Community Health Advocates (CHA), New York State's free health care consumer assistance program, urgently needs $1.5 million in additional funding to help New Yorkers obtain and navigate health coverage, access low-cost or free care, solve billing issues, fight for their health care rights, and more. Read More

TANF at 20: Blog Series :
Since 1973, some incarnation of Empire Justice Center has been fighting for low income and disenfranchised New Yorkers' rights. We've seen many changes and weathered many storms, including the so-called "welfare reform" of 1996. The advent of the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 brought us the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant, for better or for worse. Twenty plus years later, New York families are still living in poverty. We present to you our perspectives on TANF at 20. Read More




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Policy Matters February 2017

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


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