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


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Earlier this year, SAMHSA released changes to 42 CFR Part 2, the federal regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records. This webinar is designed to educate participants about the changes in the Final Rule and to help substance use disorder treatment programs comply with the new rules.

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

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017

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.

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Blog Archives

Rx for Drug Courts: Allow Effective Addiction Medication

The opioid epidemic kills 78 Americans every day. To address this crisis, President Obama and public health authorities have called for increased use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Yet half the nation’s drug courts prohibit MAT, according to a 2014 survey.

When Coming Home Means Being Shut Out: Expanding Reentry to All Types of Offenses

We need to ensure that all people with conviction histories are eligible for and receive effective reentry services, not just those with offenses categorized as nonserious, nonsexual, and nonviolent.

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News and Highlights

New York’s Highest Court Renders Decision in Griffin v. Sirva, Inc.

On May 4, 2017, the New York State Court of Appeals issued its decision in Griffin v. Sirva, Inc., ruling that non-employer third parties can be held liable under the New York State Human Rights Law when they impose discriminatory criminal record hiring criteria on direct employers.

New York Bar Foundation Awards LAC 5k Grant

The Legal Action Center wishes to share its deepest gratitude to the New York Bar Foundation for its recent award of $5,000 to our organization. The funds will allow LAC to create Part 2 of our web-based tool series “Helping New Yorkers Overcome Criminal Record Barriers.”

The Passage of Sealing Legislation

While the decision to close Riker’s Island and passage of legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility have been rightly trumpeted as major reforms of some of New York’s most deleterious criminal justice policies and practices, an extremely important piece of progressive legislation has gone largely unnoticed and uncelebrated: beginning in October, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers will be eligible to have their old criminal convictions sealed.

Statement on Jordan Edwards

All of us at the Legal Action Center mourn the senseless death of Jordan Edwards. Our hearts are with his family and community.

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