The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

Upcoming Events

Immigrants Living with HIV: Pathways to Employment & Health Care

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015

Legal Action Center, Empire Justice Center and the AIDS Institute are pleased to present this free 90-minute webinar. This informative

Overcoming Employment & Housing Barriers for People with Criminal Records

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015

A combination of factors including laws, stigma, and fear of liability make it extremely challenging for individuals with criminal records

Legal Issues for an Aging HIV-Population

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015

As people with HIV live into their 60s and beyond, new legal issues emerge. This training will cover some of the legal issues that older New Yorkers with HIV face.

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News and Highlights

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LAC Welcomes Governor Cuomo’s 2015 Budget Proposals

NEW YORK, NY—January 28, 2015 –The Legal Action Center (LAC) today applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposals to raise the age of criminal responsibility, improve linkages between the criminal justice and health care systems, and increase investment in addiction prevention, treatment and recovery, as well as other other reforms included in his 2015 budget.

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LAC Congratulates Tracie Gardner on her Appointment as the State’s Assistant Secretary of Health

The Legal Action Center bids the fondest of farewells to our wonderful Co-Director of Policy Tracie M. Gardner, who was just appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to be Assistant Secretary of Health.

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Legal Action Center Urges New York State to Take New and Bold Steps to Combat the Prescription Drug and Heroin Epidemic

New York State should take additional forceful, targeted actions to address the public health emergency of prescription drug and heroin dependence. “Using $298 million that has been allocated to its Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) for 2015, the State now has an opportunity to create even more momentum in its efforts to combat the scourge of addiction and prescription drug and heroin misuse,” according to Paul Samuels.

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