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Legal Services Journal - Fall 2010 Issue


Articles in this Issue

2010 Domestic Violence Legislative Update
November 23, 2010
The following is a summary of this session’s domestic violence related bills that passed both houses of the New York State Legislature or were recently signed into law by Governor Paterson. Read More

Legislative Round-Up: 2009-2010 Session
November 19, 2010
Another tempestuous session of the New York State Legislature recently concluded. It was a session often characterized by political stalemate and dominated by the State’s budget woes. Therefore it is not surprising that there was considerable frustration within the community of advocates for low-income New Yorkers. Read More

OTDA Offers Relief to Dead-Broke Dads
Why Did So Few Respond?
November 19, 2010
Across the country, the amount of unpaid child support has reached staggering numbers. In 2008, child support arrears reported by state child support enforcement offices totaled $105 billion. Read More

Community Reinvestment Act Reform Needed to Benefit All
November 19, 2010
This past summer, federal banking regulators held a series of hearings across the country focusing on how they might update the regulations governing the federal Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Read More

Discharging Public Assistance Overpayments in Bankruptcy
November 19, 2010
For some public assistance recipients, extensive and burdensome repayment to the Department of Social Services (DSS) becomes another penalty for seeking assistance during a hardship. Read More

Census Bureau Releases Annual Report on Poverty
November 19, 2010
On September 16, 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2009 edition of its annual publication, “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States.”1 In the difficult period now sometimes referred to as the “Great Recession,” the numbers are unfortunately, but not surprisingly, quite grim. This article will summarize some of the key findings in the report, and highlight a few important themes. Read More

Public Assistance Grant Increase and the 185% Rule
November 19, 2010
Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2009 amended Social Services Law 131-a(2) to increase the basic allowance portion of the public assistance grant over the course of three years. Read More

Immigrant Domestic Violence Victims
Victimized Twice Under ICE's S-Comm Program
November 19, 2010
In California this summer a domestic violence victim contacted the local police for assistance; instead she was arrested because of her immigration status. Read More

Domestic Violence and Political Asylum
Recent Landmark Victories in the On-Going Struggle for U.S. Immigration Law to Recognize and Fully Protect Women's Human Rights
November 19, 2010
In order to be eligible for political asylum in the United States an individual must establish that he or she is a refugee under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Read More

Strangulation and Domestic Violence
Important Changes in New York Criminal and Domestic Violence Law
November 19, 2010
Strangulation is one of the most potentially lethal forms of intimate partner abuse. A frequently cited 2001 study found that 10% of violent deaths in the United States were attributable to strangulation and most victims were women. Read More

Bringing Services for Domestic Violence Survivors Together
Family Justice Center Opens in Westchester
November 19, 2010
On May 17, 2010, Westchester County became the fifth county in New York State to house a Family Justice Center (FJC). The idea behind the FJC model is to provide a one-stop center for victims of domestic violence. Read More

New York Recognizes the Household as a Workplace
November 19, 2010
New York State’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights takes effect on November 29, 2010.The new law extends basic employment and labor protections to nannies, housekeepers, and other workers in the domestic service industry. Read More