Read more about our cases below.
NYLPI’s Disability Justice Program protects and promotes the educational rights of students with disabilities in New York City.
On average, Black and Latino students in New York City have access to far fewer teams and sports, and the city spends much less per student than for students of other races.
Healthy school environments are critical for our children’s education and well-being.
Physical education improves public health, reduces obesity, and improves focus and educational attainment.
Deaf Justice Coalition
Nearly 700,000 City residents are Deaf or hard of hearing.
Few concepts are more fundamental to justice than access to the courts.
Access-a-Ride Reform Group (AARRG!)
With New York City subways largely inaccessible, the City’s accessible van transportation system, Access-A-Ride, is a lifeline for many people with disabilities.
As for-hire vehicles such as Uber and Lyft have transformed the market, NYLPI has championed equitable wheelchair accessibility of their cars.
Policing and Mental Health Crises
Each year, the New York Police Department responds to approximately 150,000 calls relating to people experiencing mental health crises.
Health in Immigration Detention
Thousands of immigrant New Yorkers receive abysmal health care in immigrant detention facilities in and around the City.
For the 250,000 immigrant New Yorkers who are undocumented and uninsured, access to healthcare is deeply limited.
Usable green space in marginalized neighborhoods is critical for public health, community-centered revitalization, and economic independence.
Rapid gentrification in New York City has created an affordable housing crisis. People with disabilities and immigrants are at particular risk for discrimination.
Climate and Energy Justice
The impacts of climate change fall hardest on communities that contribute least to the problem.
Sosa v. Hudson County
Bonilla v. Hudson County
The family of Carlos Bonilla, a father of four who died from internal bleeding in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention, has filed a lawsuit against Hudson County and those responsible for his medical care while he was confined to immigration detention at Hudson County Correctional Center.
NYLPI v. NYPD
NYLPI sued the New York Police Department (NYPD) under New York’s Freedom of Information Law for unredacted body-worn camera footage in the fatal shooting of foreign exchange student Miguel Richards.
O’Toole v. Cuomo
For decades, New York State warehoused people with serious mental illness in adult homes. A landmark settlement on behalf of thousands of state adult homes residents gives them the opportunity to live, with supports, in their own homes.
Jorge v. NYC Transit Authority
For years, the New York City Transit Authority refused to make Access-A-Ride available to people with disabilities who had limited English proficiency.
Filer v. City of New York
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have mobility impairments. Robert Filer, who is paralyzed from the chest down and uses a wheelchair, was arrested and placed unsecured in a police van, fell to the van’s floor and was thrown around for the duration of the ride.
Lawton v. Success Academy Charter Schools
On behalf of five former students and their parents, NYLPI’s federal civil rights case against Success Academy Charter School challenges the school’s harsh, zero-tolerance disciplinary policies against young students showing signs of behavioral disabilities.
Brad H. v. City of New York
The Brad H. v. City of New York class action pursues the rights of people with mental illnesses in the City’s jail system at Rikers Island to have discharge planning and services upon release from custody.
The landmark Willowbrook class action vindicated the civil rights of individuals with disabilities to live in the community, after a series of investigations in the 1970s unearthed deplorable conditions at the Willowbrook State School.
L.J. v. Mattingly
A significant number of children in the foster care system are diagnosed with developmental disabilities.
L.P. v. NYC Dept of Education
In this putative class action, NYLPI represents student-led organization IntegrateNYC and Black and Latino students denied access to NYC public high school sports.
Charles v. United States
Charles v. United States is a federal lawsuit against the United States for failing to provide mental health discharge planning to an individual with diagnosed mental illnesses who was confined to immigration detention.
Charles v. Orange County
Charles v. Orange County is a federal lawsuit challenging Orange County, New York’s unconstitutional “discharge and dump” policy targeted at New Yorkers with mental illness in immigration detention.