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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

Federal Judge Rejects ICE’s ‘Weak’ Implementation of Court-Ordered Custody Determinations of High Risk Individuals and Other Safety Measures

October 8, 2020

  As COVID-19 cases continue to climb inside detention centers, Court finds ICE has fallen “far below” compliance with its previous injunction. October 08, 2020 – Riverside, CA – Last night in the U.S. District Court for the Central Division of California, U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal granted civil rights organizations’ motion to enforce a […]

Judge Rules North Carolina Absentee Voting Must Be Accessible for November Election

September 25, 2020

  September 25, 2020 – Raleigh, NC – Last night, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina granted a motion for preliminary injunction against the North Carolina State Board of Elections (“NCSBOE”), ordering them to make their Absentee Voting Program accessible to voters with disabilities by the November election. This ruling […]

Disability Groups Demand North Carolina’s Immediate Action to Make Absentee Voting Accessible for November 2020

August 13, 2020

  Motion for Preliminary Injunction Filed Yesterday in Federal Court August 13, 2020 – Raleigh, NC – Last night, disability organizations filed an application for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The motion seeks a court order requiring the North Carolina State Board of Elections (“NCSBOE”) […]

Medical Practice Sued for Discriminatory Policy That Jeopardizes Patients with Disabilities

August 13, 2020

    August 13, 2020 – Louisville, KY – Yesterday, following the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Disability Rights Advocates filed a putative class action lawsuit against First Urology, challenging the medical practice’s illegal policy of refusing to help patients with disabilities transfer from wheelchairs or other mobility devices to examination […]

Disability Groups Demand Access to North Carolina’s Inaccessible Absentee Voting

July 27, 2020

  Lawsuit Filed Today in Federal Court July 27, 2020 – Raleigh, NC – Today, disability organizations filed a lawsuit against the North Carolina State Board of Elections (“NCSBOE”) for excluding North Carolinians with disabilities from their Absentee Voting program. The lawsuit charges the state agency with discrimination against voters who are unable to independently […]

MTA and LIRR Agree to Install Elevators and Make Other Station Improvements to Resolve Lawsuit Brought by Passengers with Disabilities

July 13, 2020

NEW YORK, NY – July 13, 2020 – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), Kasowitz Benson Torres and the Law Offices of James E. Bahamonde are pleased to announce that, on behalf of three plaintiff passengers with disabilities and advocacy organization Self-Initiated Living Options (SILO), the federal court has approved an agreement on July 10 with the MTA and […]

Incarcerated Youth with Disabilities Gain Equal Access to Rehabilitation and Education

June 16, 2020

  Disability Rights Groups Reach Class Action Settlement with Kern County Juvenile Facilities (Bakersfield, CA) – On June 5, 2020, a federal court approved the final settlement reached between the Parties on behalf of youth with disabilities detained at Kern County Juvenile Facilities, who were represented by Disability Rights California (DRC) and Disability Rights Advocates […]

New York State Maintains Discriminatory Bar to Employment for Those with Less Than 20/40 Vision

June 10, 2020

  Disability Rights Advocates challenges the State’s irrational, blanket disqualification of workers based on disability, seeks to bring hiring standards into compliance with the law June 10, 2020 – New York, NY – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a national non-profit legal center, filed a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the […]