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

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

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019

This two-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.

AIDS and Adolescents – the Changing Legal Landscape

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019

This training will cover the legal rights and potential liabilities of adolescents living with or at risk for HIV, including the new right for adolescents to consent to HIV treatment.

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Jake had been in recovery from #opioid addiction for 13 yrs when he was ordered to stop his treatment w/ the medication #Suboxone or face #incarceration. @lac_news helped him fight this discriminatory order & continue his happy healthy life. Read more:

#TonyPlatt in @VICE: "If we...provide education & #healthcare for everybody that needs it inside (jails & prisons), reduce #prison population by using (#alternativestoincarceration) would be a profound reform." LAC agrees!

Good work Albany! No way this would have happened without the work of folks like @keithbrownph and @NYSOASAS

"Bright young lawyer who learned after 2 wks @ new job that she'd be terminated bc methadone came up in background check.." just 1 example of #discrimination against those w/ #substanceusedisorders highlighted in important @Filtermag_org article here:

"Bc of longstanding scientifically inaccurate view that addiction=moral failing vs a health issue, physicians have made biased prescribing decisions...they must be trained & required to fully understand & treat #addiction"[email protected] in @TheBodyDotCom

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News and Highlights


The Legal Action Center applauds Governor Cuomo’s proposals to enforce parity and remove insurance barriers to improve access to substance use disorder and mental health care for tens of thousands of New Yorkers.


The Legal Action Center commends Governor Andrew Cuomo on the landmark criminal justice and opioid and other substance use disorder (SUD) initiatives included in his 2019 Justice Agenda.

LAC Praises Passage into Law of the First Step Act but Calls for More Comprehensive CJ Reform

LAC recognizes the strengths and weaknesses of the recently passed First Step Act. While this legislation represents crucial bipartisan support for criminal justice reform and includes some important sentencing and prison reforms, there is still much work to be done.

Legal Action Center Celebrates Record-Breaking Annual Benefit to Defend Dignity of Those We Serve

On October 16, 2018 Legal Action Center staff, Board, partners, and supporters joined at Tribeca Rooftop in New York City to honor two incredible individuals and raise awareness and funds for the Center’s important mission.

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