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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

Unanimous Appellate Court Upholds Ruling That MTA is Subject to NYC Human Rights Law and Can be Held Liable for Discriminating Against Subway Riders with Disabilities

June 8, 2020

  June 8, 2020—New York, NY—A unanimous panel of four Judges from the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court affirmed a ruling by the lower Court, decided almost exactly a year ago on June 5, 2019, holding that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) and the City of New York (“the City”) can be held accountable […]

Agreement Made for June Accessible Absentee Voting Program

June 3, 2020

      Agreement Made for June Accessible Absentee Voting Program June 3, 2020 – New York, NY – A federal court has approved an agreement between the NYS Board of Elections (NYS BOE) and disability groups that provides voters a more accessible absentee ballot for the upcoming June 23 Primary Election. Following a lawsuit […]

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) […]