NYLPI HIRES AMBER KHAN AS DIRECTOR OF HEALTH JUSTICE

March 24, 2020

Health Justice, Immigrant Justice, Media Coverage, News, Press Release

New York, NY – March 24, 2020 – New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a leading civil rights advocacy organization for New Yorkers in need, today announced Amber Khan as its new Director of Health Justice. Khan brings almost 10 years of experience in public interest litigation, including direct representation fighting for the rights of New Yorkers and strategic litigation to promote health and self-determination for women across the United States.

As director of NYLPI’s Health Justice Program, Khan will lead and manage an interdisciplinary staff of attorneys, community organizers, advocates, and interns. She will also guide the program’s growth, involvement in the community, and advocacy to promote the health of New Yorkers and address health disparities based on race and immigration status. As an important new member of the organization’s leadership team, Khan will further NYLPI’s mission to advance equality and civil rights.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Amber to the NYLPI team as we mobilize to answer a health crisis, and I look forward to seeing our Health Justice Program continue to grow and improve the health of underserved New Yorkers with the benefit of her leadership,” said McGregor Smyth, Executive Director of NYLPI. “Amber brings extensive past experience advancing the rights and health of vulnerable populations. Her background and passion align closely with our mission and we’re confident that will show through in her work.”

Since joining the organization, Amber has already begun supporting advocacy efforts demanding ICE release immigrant detainees from detention facilities as the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten public health, including the health of this vulnerable population.

Most recently before NYLPI, Khan worked as a senior attorney at National Advocates for Pregnant Women, litigating and advancing reproductive rights, health, and justice nationally. She also has prior experience in the field of international human rights and transitional justice, evaluating the treatment of refugees, including work with the Foundation for International Dignity and the United Nations Special Court for Sierra Leone. This work shaped her interest in and commitment to incorporating a human rights framework in advocacy efforts to advance the rights of people in New York and the U.S.

“Already at NYLPI I’ve had the opportunity to make an impact through our advocacy efforts to support immigrant detainees in the midst of the coronavirus crisis,” said Amber Khan. “I look forward to continuing to empower this community and other vulnerable New Yorkers who need our support. Everyone deserves the right to health and I’m thrilled to work alongside the committed advocates at NYLPI who share that value. ”
Khan’s writing on human rights topics has been published in outlets ranging from legal journals to Ms. Magazine. She also teaches about race and inequality at Seton Hall University Law School.

NYLPI’s Health Justice Program brings a racial equity and immigrant justice focus to health care advocacy in New York City and State. The program’s advocacy covers a range of topics including access to health care, the human rights crisis in immigration detention, hazardous housing conditions, and mental health crises intervention.

About New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest advances equality and civil rights, with a focus on health justice, disability rights and environmental justice, advanced through the power of community lawyering and partnerships with the private bar. NYLPI’s Health Justice Program brings a racial equity and immigrant justice focus to health care advocacy, including ongoing work addressing the human rights crisis in immigration detention and advocating for healthcare for all New Yorkers.

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Press Coverage

New York Law Journal – Lawyers on the Move

Civil rights advocacy organization New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), has named Amber Khan as Director of Health Justice. Prior to joining, she worked as a senior attorney at National Advocates for Pregnant Women, litigating and advancing reproductive rights, health, and justice nationally. As director, Khan will lead and manage a staff of attorneys, community organizers, advocates, and interns to further NYLPI’s mission to advance equality and civil rights.

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