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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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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 … Continue reading “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”

Coalition of Disability Groups Demand Access to New York’s Inaccessible Absentee Voting

May 22, 2020

    Coalition of Disability Groups Demand Access to New York’s Inaccessible Absentee Voting Lawsuit Filed Today in Federal Court – Full Complaint May 22, 2020 – New York, NY – Today, a coalition of disability organizations filed a lawsuit against the New York State Board of Elections (“NYS BOE”) for excluding New Yorkers with … Continue reading “Coalition of Disability Groups Demand Access to New York’s Inaccessible Absentee Voting”

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 … Continue reading “New York City’s Department of Education Fails to Provide Accessible Restrooms in Public School Buildings”

Ninth Circuit Win for Students with Disabilities Seeking Equal Access to West Los Angeles College

May 7, 2020

  May 7,2020 – Los Angeles, CA – On April 30, 2020, the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of students with disabilities seeking access to West Los Angeles College (WLAC), part of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), the largest District in the country. The Ninth Circuit found that requiring students with disabilities to … Continue reading “Ninth Circuit Win for Students with Disabilities Seeking Equal Access to West Los Angeles College”

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

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 … Continue reading “New Lawsuit Challenges State’s Discrimination Against Deaf Californians with Disabilities”

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

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 … Continue reading “Detained Migrants Win in Federal Court: Judge Greenlights Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit”

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) … Continue reading “Civil Rights Organizations Seek Emergency Court Ruling for Immediate COVID-19 Protections for People in Immigration Detention Centers”