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 Create and Update Your Agency’s HIV Confidentiality Policies & Procedures and Ensure Staff Compliance

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018

This webinar is a capacity building session for program managers of hospitals, health care facilities, community-based organizations and other organizations that must comply with New York State’s HIV confidentiality law, Public Health Law Article 27-F.

Overcoming Employment Barriers for People with Criminal Records

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018

This webinar explains how New Yorkers with criminal records can improve their chances of finding employment despite the barriers having a criminal record might pose. A combination of factors, including laws, stigma, and fear of liability, make it extremely challenging for individuals with criminal records to find employment.

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Black Women & Girls Advocacy Day in GA! Trained black women & girls to fight for #Healthcare, #economicequity, #Education, ending #massincarceration, & strengthening our #electoral power #bwaga @New_VisionInc @lac_news

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People convicted of crimes under the age of 18 should not face consequences for the rest of their lives. @NYGovCuomo is right to protect privacy of those he has pardoned. https://t.co/dyV69dwzGD

Race has played a critical role in shaping the #warondrugs since its inception. The drug war became the fuel for #massincarceration, causing the prison population to surge between the 1970s and the present day. #knowthefacts #colorofpain https://t.co/psexTN7P83 @DrugPolicyOrg

In honor of #blackhistorymonth we recognize those who are #makinghistory right now in the fight against racism. Thank you @Kassandra_Fred at @DrugPolicyOrg for working to build a reparative #justice framework that positions people of color as leaders. https://t.co/yfP0qo28Yi

Evaluation of #Medicaidexpansion in OH shows that more than
1/2 of enrollees reported #healthcoverage made it easier for them to maintain employment. New #MedicaidWorkRequirements will have opposite effect & impede access to care. https://t.co/uMyfNNymwS

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News and Highlights

Protecting the Identity of Pardoned New Yorkers is the Right Thing to Do

25 undersigned criminal justice reform organizations strongly support Governor Cuomo’s pardon of 140 individuals who were convicted of one misdemeanor or non-violent felony when they were under the age of 18, and his decision to keep the names confidential. These individuals should now be allowed to move on with their lives without the stigma resulting from these convictions, which occurred when they were minors.

Department of Justice Opioid Initiative Addresses Discriminatory Barriers to MAT

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division has launched an Opioid Initiative to remove discriminatory barriers to treatment in the criminal justice and child welfare systems, zoning, and elsewhere. The initiative could be a game changer in reversing the widespread discrimination that blocks access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.

LAC Provides Testimony at NYS Legislature’s Joint Public Hearing on Public Protection

LAC submitted written testimony on behalf of the NYS Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) and Re-entry Coalition (of which LAC is a member) to the Legislature’s annual Joint Public Hearing on Public Protection yesterday.

Aetna Agrees To Pay Over $17 Million To Settle HIV Privacy Breach Class Action

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 17, 2018) — A $17 million settlement was announced today in a federal class action lawsuit against Aetna, Inc., the third largest health insurance company in the United States, after a faulty mailing breached the HIV privacy of thousands of Aetna’s customers.

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