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New Law Makes the Rules regarding Welfare Mortgages Clear and Provides Transparency and Accountability

The 2014-15 New York State budget contains Article VII legislation that amends SSL 106 to clearly state that HEAP, child care and SNAP cannot be charged against welfare mortgages. Read More


LGBT Employment Policy Update: July 2014

Empire Justice Center joins several major LGBT rights groups, including the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and a coalition led by the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, in withdrawing our support for the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) because the bill’s overly broad religious exemption is discriminatory. Read More


BREAKING: NYSED Releases Guidance to Reduce Discrimination & Harassment against Transgender & Gender Nonconforming Students

Today, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) released important guidance for school districts that will be instrumental in reducing gender-based discrimination and harassment in schools. Read More


Public Assistance and Access to Education: The 2014 Amendments

A detailed background on the welfare work requirements and description of changes that have been made, with occasional commentary. Read More


LGBT Policy Update- June 2014

There have been momentous advances in LGBT rights in recent weeks, both in New York and nationally, particularly for the transgender communities. Read More


Child Care in the State Budget 2009-2015

These 4 charts provide a comprehensive analysis of child care in the state budget from 2009 through March 31, 2015. They identify appropriations for specific programs, and identify federal and state funding sources. Read More


Transgender Students are Protected Under Federal Law

Yesterday the US Department of Education released guidelines that make it clear that transgender and gender nonconforming students are protected from discrimination under Title IX. Read More


Welfare Sanctions and Fair Hearings: A Profile in Injustice and Waste

Sanctions clog up the State’s Fair Hearing apparatus with staggering numbers of hearings, a shocking percentage of which are withdrawn when the local district realizes that their position is indefensible. Read More


Sanction Reform Campaign: Making Welfare Work

New York must reform the laws governing “sanctions,” penalties imposed on welfare recipients who are alleged to have failed to comply with welfare work rules. Read More


New York State Coalition for More Family Court Judges

Coalition Releases Video Documenting Inadequate Family Court Resources Close the Doors to Justice for Children and Families Read More