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With offices in California and New York, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) is one of the leading nonprofit disability rights legal centers in the nation. Its mission is to advance equal rights and opportunity for people with all types of disabilities nationwide.

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Recent Press Releases

In Victory for Detained Immigrants, Federal Judge Orders ICE to Review for Release Every Person with Covid-19 Risk Factors

April 20, 2020

In sweeping ruling, ICE ordered to conduct new assessments for every person at heightened risk of contracting Covid-19 in the custody of ICE, regardless of immigration case FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 20, 2020 RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A federal judge today ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to promptly revisit custody determinations, including consideration of release […]

Detained Migrants Win in Federal Court: Judge Greenlights Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit

April 16, 2020

Tens of thousands of immigrants denied medical care and disability accommodations by the federal government will have their day in court   April 16, 2020 – RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A federal judge ruled today that a nationwide class action lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can proceed, greenlighting […]

Civil Rights Organizations Seek Emergency Court Ruling for Immediate COVID-19 Protections for People in Immigration Detention Centers

March 25, 2020

  March 25, 2020 — RIVERSIDE, Calif. –– Early this morning, a group of civil rights legal organizations and their pro bono law firm partners filed an emergency application for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California seeking a court order requiring that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) […]

Court Preliminarily Approves Nationwide Settlement With Mobility Works, One Of Country’s Largest Providers of Wheelchair Accessible Vans

March 19, 2020

On March 6, 2020, Judge Jeffrey White of the Northern District of California preliminarily approved a class action settlement with Mobility Works, one of the country’s largest providers of wheelchair accessible vans for sale or rent, and a major installer of adaptive devices for drivers with disabilities. If you are a driver with a disability […]

Judge Finds NYPD Liable, Must Provide People with Disabilities Access to Police Stations

February 5, 2020

Ruling affirms and holds NYPD accountable for broad inaccessibility of police precinct stations Police department must include disability community as it works to eliminate barriers NEW YORK – A federal judge has issued a major ruling holding the New York City Police Department (NYPD) liable for discrimination against people with disabilities by shutting them out of police […]

Queens Borough Public Library Sued for Excluding Persons with Disabilities from Full and Equal Access to Hunters Point Library

November 26, 2019

Disability Rights Advocates calls out shocking disregard for community, seeks to force library to fix this unjust and discriminatory situation   NEW YORK (November 26, 2019) – Today, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a class action lawsuit against Queens Borough Public Library, The Board of Trustees of the Queens Borough Public Library, and the City […]

Federal Court Rules That Civil Rights Claims Against Uber Must Be Heard in Court

November 13, 2019

  Ruling comes after Uber tried to avoid its legal responsibility to provide transportation accessible for all PITTSBURGH, PA (November 13, 2019) – Yesterday, a federal court in Pittsburgh ruled that plaintiffs suing Uber for failing to provide transportation accessible to people with disabilities cannot be forced into arbitration and must have their claims heard openly […]

Disability Rights Advocates Presents Eagle Awards to Loreen Arbus, Bank of America, and Jill Houghton + Disability:IN

October 21, 2019

October 21, 2019 – New York, NY – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), the leading national nonprofit disability rights legal center, honors three outstanding advocates for the disability community in 2019. Loreen Arbus, Bank of America, and Jill Houghton + Disability:IN will each be presented with Eagle Awards at DRA’s New York Gala on October 21, 2019. Additional […]

Stanford and Students with Mental Health Disabilities Reach Landmark Settlement

October 7, 2019

  Settlement is most comprehensive ever to protect college students with mental health disabilities from unnecessary exclusion Palo Alto, CA—October 7, 2019—A coalition of Stanford students and Stanford University have reached a groundbreaking settlement agreement that will result in significant changes to Stanford’s leave of absence policies and practices, all of which will help ensure […]

Blind Pedestrians Sue About Exclusion from Chicago’s Pedestrian Safety Program

September 23, 2019

  Chicago, IL—September 23, 2019—Today, Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) and the Proskauer law firm (“Proskauer”) filed a class action lawsuit against the City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation (“CDOT”) in order to challenge the systemic lack of accessible pedestrian signals at intersections all over the city.  The lawsuit, which has been filed […]