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 with HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Substance Use Disorders

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

This two-hour training explains the employment rights of people with HIV, viral hepatitis, and 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.

Employment with a Criminal Records- Including New Rights in NYS

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2019

This 3-hour in-person training explains how New Yorkers with criminal records can improve their chances of finding employment despite the barriers having a criminal record might pose.

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NY @HealthNYGov poised to be 1st state to turn on #Medicaid coverage for individuals in state prisons & jails in precedent-setting cross-sector health & justice policy reform! @TracieMGardner & @ShellyWeizman discuss: Learn more

Love this collaboraation with my @NYGovCuomo colleague @ShellyWeizman I If this NYS #Medicaid waiver amendment is approved prison & jail #reentry could be revolutionized! @LeoBeletsky @JonGiftosMD @JailsAction @CloseRosies @CLOSErikers @JustLeadersUSA @NYSOASAS @CrimJusticeNYC

@TracieMGardner and I wrote in the @timesunion about NYS’s proposal to use Medicaid to cover certain people incarcerated in jails & prisons for 30 days pre-release. This could be a game changer for addiction and mental health services. via @timesunion

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News and Highlights

NY’s New Marijuana “Decriminalization” & Expungement Law Goes into Effect

For the first time ever, New York State has begun automatic expungement of certain marijuana convictions. Legal Action Center, which has long been advocating for automatic records clearance, created a fact sheet on the new decriminalization and expungement law along with the Legal Aid Society and Community Service Society.

Advocates and Health Care Providers Voice Concern about Trump Administration’s Effort to Weaken Confidentiality and Redisclosure of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Records

For the third time in three years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) has proposed changes to federal substance use disorder confidentiality rules. LAC and others voice concern that the proposed new rules will weaken the protections against unauthorized disclosures of a patient’s substance use disorder (“SUD”) treatment records, giving the patient less say over where their personal health information is shared.


Legal Action Center was proud to partner with the Community Service Society, The Legal Aid Society, New York County Defender Services, Neighborhood Defender Service, pro bono counsel Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to seal over 300 old marijuana convictions in New York City through a class action settlement. This groundbreaking effort will help to minimize the unfair obstacles to employment, housing, and other basic rights that individuals face due to past criminal records.

Doug Liman Hosts Exclusive Premiere Screening of Pearson in Support of LAC

On July 8, 2019 the Legal Action Center (LAC) was thrilled to have LAC Board Member Doug Liman host a private screening of Pearson—a spin-off of his hit legal drama Suits—at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea. This is one of the many exclusive screenings that Doug has generously organized to raise funds for LAC’s direct legal services and policy work.

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