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

How to Litigate an HIV Confidentiality Case in New York

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016

This two-hour presentation provides guidance about how to navigate issues central to most HIV confidentiality cases. It includes a brief overview of New York’s HIV confidentiality statute and other relevant privacy laws, as well as a review of administrative and litigation remedies.

Employment Rights for People with HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Substance Use Disorders

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2016

This three-hour training explains the employment rights of people with HIV, viral hepatitis, and/or substance use disorders. It focuses on anti-discrimination laws, such as New York City and State Human Rights Laws and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and touches on issues related to health and life insurance.

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Blog Archives

In Memoriam: Jacqueline Berrien, Former EEOC Chairwoman

It is with great admiration and solemn gratitude that I write today in remembrance of Jacqueline Berrien. The former chairwoman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and associate director-counsel of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Berrien passed away on November 9 at the age of 53 due to cancer.

Beyond “Ban the Box”: Four Steps to Build on Fair Chance Hiring

“Ban the Box”, also referred to as fair chance hiring, is catching on as more and more jurisdictions adopt legislation applying to public agencies, private companies, or both. But is Banning the Box enough to secure a second chance for millions of workers with criminal records?

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News and Highlights

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SAMHSA Releases Proposed Changes to 42 CFR Part 2 (Alcohol/Drug Confidentiality Rules)

According to SAMHSA, the goal of the proposed changes “is to facilitate information exchange within new health care models while addressing the legitimate privacy concerns of patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.”


LAC Urges NY State to Expand Alternatives to Incarceration, Health Care Access For Justice-Involved People

In recommendations presented to the New York State Assembly Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees, the Legal Action Center urged the State to expand its commitment to Alternatives to Incarceration, increase health care access and provide other re-entry assistance to justice-involved people.

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New Polling Shows Broad Support for Expanding Addiction Treatment and Report Offers Policymakers a Roadmap for a More Effective National Drug and Alcohol Policy

A survey commissioned by Legal Action Center (LAC) and released today finds strong support among Americans for expanding addiction treatment and making it a policy priority of the next president. The survey was released in conjunction with a new report from Legal Action Center; The Roadmap for Promoting Health and Justice: A Smarter, More Effective National Drug and Alcohol Policy is a guide for policymakers who understand the urgent need to reshape the nation’s drug and alcohol policies, in order to address addiction as a chronic disease that can be treated and prevented.


NY Governor Cuomo Proposes Major Improvements to the Criminal Justice System in State of the State & Executive Budget

Legal Action Center applauds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal of numerous reforms and new budget initiatives within the criminal justice system for the coming year in his State of the State and budget proposals.

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