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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

New York City’s Department of Education Fails to Provide Accessible Restrooms in Public School Buildings

May 12, 2020

  Disability Rights Advocates exposes blatant disregard for individuals with mobility disabilities, seeks to force Department of Education to fix lack of accessibility to restrooms and evacuation points May 12, 2020 – New York, NY – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a national non-profit legal center, filed a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity […]

Homeless People Seek Emergency Court Order to End Ticketing of People Sheltering in Vehicles and Vehicle Impoundments During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020 – San Diego, CA – During the midst of a deadly COVID-19 pandemic, homeless people who shelter in vehicles, many with disabilities, filed a request for an Emergency Temporary Restraining Order in the U.S. District Court yesterday to prevent the City from continuing to endanger their lives through its ticketing and impoundment […]

New Lawsuit Challenges State’s Discrimination Against Deaf Californians with Disabilities

April 30, 2020

  Click here to view press release in ASL   Class action lawsuit holds Department of Developmental Services accountable for decades of isolating deaf clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities April 30, 2020 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today, Disability Rights California and Disability Rights Advocates filed a class action lawsuit against the California Department […]

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 […]