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The Bronx Defenders Announcements

NYIFUP Providers Condemn ICE’s Reckless and Dangerous Transfers from Orange County Correctional Facility, Demand Immediate Release of All People from the Facility

July 25, 2022 CONTACTS: Alejandra Lopez, The Legal Aid Society, 917-294-9348, ailopez@legal-aid.org Anthony Chiarito, The Bronx Defenders, 646-610-1936, achiarito@bronxdefenders.org Daniel Ball, Brooklyn Defender Services, 646-995-0537, dball@bds.org NYIFUP Providers Condemn ICE’s Reckless and Dangerous Transfers from Orange County Correctional Facility, Demand Immediate Release of All People from the Facility (NEW YORK, NY) – The Bronx Defenders,…

Joint Public Defender Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen

June 23, 2022 Contacts: The Bronx Defenders: media@bronxdefenders.org Brooklyn Defender Services: mediarequests@bds.org   ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** Joint Public Defender Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen (New York, NY) – Black Attorneys of Legal Aid, The Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services, Monroe County Public Defender, Ontario…

Statewide Family Defense Advocates Lay Out Legislative Agenda for 2022

Contacts: Mai Tran, The Bronx Defenders: mtran@bronxdefenders.org, (718) 508-3514 ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** Statewide Family Defense Advocates Lay Out Legislative Agenda for 2022  Defenders Call on Albany to Shrink the State’s Foster System, Deepen Support for New York Families, and Increase Funding for Family Defense (New York, NY) – In a recently issued letter, 21 family defense…

Public Defenders Across the Country Call on DOJ to Investigate Texas’ Unconstitutional “Operation Lone Star”

Contacts: Arianna Rosales, National Immigration Project (NIPNLG), arianna@nipnlg.org Carolina Chau, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, media@ilrc.org  Mai Tran, The Bronx Defenders, mtran@bronxdefenders.org, (718) 508-3514  ***For Immediate Release***  Public Defenders Across the Country Call on DOJ to Investigate Texas’ Unconstitutional “Operation Lone Star”    (NEW YORK, NY) — The Public Defenders Coalition for Immigrant Justice and 14 public defender offices…

NYC Defenders Urge New York Lawmakers to Reject Governor Hochul’s Mass Incarceration Plan in the State Budget

Media Contacts:  Chi Nguyen, The Bronx Defenders (CNguyen@bronxdefenders.org) Redmond Haskins, The Legal Aid Society (RHaskins@legal-aid.org) Daniel Ball, Brooklyn Defender Services (Dball@bds.org) Lupe Todd-Medina, New York County Defender Services (ltoddmedina@nycds.org) Emily Whitfield, The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (ewhitfield@ndsny.org) Hettie Powell, Queens Defenders (hpowell@queensdefenders.org)  ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***  NYC Defenders Urge New York Lawmakers to Reject Governor…

The Bronx Defenders Statement in Response to Governor Hochul’s Proposed 10-Point Safety Plan

Contact: Chi Nguyen cnguyen@bronxdefenders.org 347-842-2943 ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***  The Bronx Defenders Statement in Response to Governor Hochul’s Proposed 10-Point Safety Plan   (THE BRONX, NY) – Justine Olderman, Executive Director at The Bronx Defenders issued the following statement in response to reporting on Governor Hochul’s proposed amendments to bail reform, discovery, and “Raise the Age” laws: …

Settlement Secures Right to Consideration of Release for People Arrested by ICE in New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2022 MEDIA CONTACTS: Ben Schaefer, bschaefer@nyclu.org, 212-607-3372 Chi Nguyen, cnguyen@bronxdefenders.org, 347-842-2943 Settlement Secures Right to Consideration of Release for People Arrested by ICE in New York   ICE agrees to provide individualized custody determinations, abandoning a no-release policy implemented during Trump Administration  NEW YORK CITY – The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)…

NYIFUP Statement in Response to the Removal of Two Orange County Corrections Officers from the ICE Detainee Unit at Orange County Correctional Facility

February 24, 2022 Contacts: Alejandra Lopez, The Legal Aid Society, AILopez@legal-aid.org, 917-294-9348 Daniel Ball, Brooklyn Defender Services, dball@bds.org Chi Nguyen, The Bronx Defenders, cnguyen@bronxdefenders.org, 347-842-2943 ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** NYIFUP Statement in Response to the Removal of Two Orange County Corrections Officers from the ICE Detainee Unit at Orange County Correctional Facility  Attorneys Demand Release of…

NYC Defenders Call on State Lawmakers to Reject Mayor Adams’ Demand to Add a Discriminatory “Dangerousness” Provision to New York’s Bail Statute

February 9, 2022 Chi Nguyen, The Bronx Defenders (CNguyen@bronxdefenders.org) Redmond Haskins, The Legal Aid Society (RHaskins@legal-aid.org) Daniel Ball, Brooklyn Defender Services (Dball@bds.org) Lupe Todd-Medina, New York County Defender Services (LToddmedina@nycds.org) Sam McCann, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (SMccann@ndsny.org) Hettie Powell, Queens Defenders (hpowell@queensdefenders.org)  ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***  NYC Defenders Call on State Lawmakers to Reject Mayor…

NYIFUP Statement on Client Reports of a Widespread COVID-19 Outbreak in New York Jail Impacting Immigrants in ICE Detention

January 27, 2022 Contacts:  Chi Nguyen, The Bronx Defenders, cnguyen@bronxdefenders.org Alejandra Lopez, The Legal Aid Society, AILopez@legal-aid.org Daniel Ball, Brooklyn Defender Services, dball@bds.org    ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** NYIFUP Statement on Client Reports of a Widespread COVID-19 Outbreak in New York Jail Impacting Immigrants in ICE Detention  Attorneys Condemn Orange County Correctional Facility’s Failure to Protect…

Defenders Call On President Biden to Visit Rikers Island During Next Week’s Visit to New York City

January 26, 2022 Redmond Haskins, The Legal Aid Society (RHaskins@legal-aid.org) Daniel Ball, Brooklyn Defender Services (Dball@bds.org) Chi Nguyen, The Bronx Defenders (CNguyen@bronxdefenders.org) Lupe Todd-Medina, New York County Defender Services (LToddmedina@nycds.org) Sam McCann, The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (SMccann@ndsny.org) Hettie Powell, Queens Defenders (hpowell@queensdefenders.org)  ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** Defenders Call On President Biden to Visit Rikers…

NYC Defender Joint Statement in Response to Mayor Adams’ Remarks on Gun Violence

January 24, 2022  Chi Nguyen, The Bronx Defenders (CNguyen@bronxdefenders.org) Redmond Haskins, The Legal Aid Society (RHaskins@legal-aid.org) Daniel Ball, Brooklyn Defender Services (Dball@bds.org) Sam McCann, The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (SMccann@ndsny.org) Hettie Powell, Queens Defenders (hpowell@queensdefenders.org) ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** NYC Defender Joint Statement in Response to Mayor Adams’ Remarks on Gun Violence (NEW YORK, NY)…

NYC Defenders Demand that City Stop Recording Phone Calls Made by Incarcerated New Yorkers

January 5, 2022 Contact: Redmond Haskins, The Legal Aid Society (RHaskins@legal-aid.org) Daniel Ball, Brooklyn Defender Services (Dball@bds.org) Chi Nguyen, The Bronx Defenders (CNguyen@bronxdefenders.org) Lupe Todd-Medina, New York County Defender Services (LToddmedina@nycds.org) Sam McCann, The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (SMccann@ndsny.org) Hettie Powell, Queens Defenders (hpowell@queensdefenders.org) NYC Defenders Demand that City Stop Recording Phone Calls Made…

DOC Commissioner: COVID-19 Infection Rate Skyrocketing in Local Jails

December 22, 2021 Redmond Haskins, The Legal Aid Society (RHaskins@legal-aid.org) Sarah Duggan, Brooklyn Defender Services (SDuggan@bds.org) Chi Nguyen, The Bronx Defenders (CNguyen@bronxdefenders.org) Lupe Todd-Medina, New York County Defender Services (LToddmedina@nycds.org) Sam McCann, The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (SMccann@ndsny.org) Hettie Powell, Queens Defenders (hpowell@queensdefenders.org)  ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***  DOC Commissioner: COVID-19 Infection Rate Skyrocketing in Local…

NYC Defenders’ Statement on Mayor-elect Eric Adams’ Comments on Solitary Confinement

December 16, 2021 Contact: Chi Nguyen, The Bronx Defenders (cnguyen@bronxdefenders.org) Sam McCann, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (SMccann@ndsny.org) Daniel Ball, Brooklyn Defender Services (DBall@bds.org) Lupe Todd-Medina, New York County Defender Services (LToddmedina@nycds.org) Hettie Powell, Queens Defenders (hpowell@queensdefenders.org)  ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** NYC Defenders’ Statement on Mayor-elect Eric Adams’ Comments on Solitary Confinement (NEW YORK, NY) –…

NYC Defenders’ Statement on the Death of Malcolm Boatwright in DOC Custody

December 10, 2021 Contact: Chi Nguyen, The Bronx Defenders (cnguyen@bronxdefenders.org) Redmond Haskins, The Legal Aid Society (rhaskins@legal-aid.org) Sam McCann, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (SMccann@ndsny.org) Daniel Ball, Brooklyn Defender Services (DBall@bds.org) Lupe Todd-Medina, New York County Defender Services (LToddmedina@nycds.org) Hettie Powell, Queens Defenders (hpowell@queensdefenders.org)  ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** NYC Defenders’ Statement on the Death of Malcolm…

Defenders, Advocates and Impacted Parents Urge Passage of Legislation Requiring ACS and Other Family Regulation Agencies to Inform Parents of Their Miranda Rights

October 22, 2021 Press Contacts: Chi Nguyen, The Bronx Defenders, cnguyen@bronxdefenders.org Dan Ball, Brooklyn Defenders Services, dball@bds.org Sam McCann, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, smccan@ndsny.org Joyce McMillan, JMacForFamilies, advocateandorganize@gmail.com Defenders, Advocates and Impacted Parents Urge Passage of Legislation Requiring ACS and Other Family Regulation Agencies to Inform Parents of Their Miranda Rights Black and Brown…

NYC Defenders Decry Commencement of Transfers of Women and Transgender People on Rikers Island to Upstate Prisons

October 21, 2021 Contact: Redmond Haskins, The Legal Aid Society (rhaskins@legal-aid.org) Sam McCann, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (SMccann@ndsny.org) Daniel Ball, Brooklyn Defender Services (DBall@bds.org) Emily Whitfield, The Bronx Defenders (Ewhitfield@bronxdefenders.org) Hettie Powell, Queens Defenders (hpowell@queensdefenders.org)   ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***  NYC Defenders Decry Commencement of Transfers of Women and Transgender People on Rikers Island to…

NYC TGNCNBI Task Force Demands Governor Hochul & Mayor de Blasio Stop Transfers of Women, TGNCNBI New Yorkers to Upstate Prisons

October 20, 2021 Emily Whitfield The Bronx Defenders ewhitfield@bronxdefenders.org   ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** NYC TGNCNBI Task Force Demands Governor Hochul & Mayor de Blasio Stop Transfers of Women, TGNCNBI New Yorkers to Upstate Prisons (NEW YORK, NY) – The New York City Task Force on Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary, and Intersex (TGNCNBI) individuals, in a…

More than 70 Incarcerated Women and Transgender New Yorkers at Rikers Island Release Petition Protesting Transfers to Upstate Prisons

October 18, 2021 Contact: Redmond Haskins, The Legal Aid Society (rhaskins@legal-aid.org)  Sam McCann, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (SMccann@ndsny.org)   Sarah Duggan, Brooklyn Defender Services (SDuggan@bds.org)  Emily Whitfield, The Bronx Defenders (Ewhitfield@bronxdefenders.org)  Lupe Todd-Medina, New York County Defender Services (LToddmedina@nycds.org) Hettie Powell, Queens Defenders (hpowell@queensdefenders.org)    ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** More than 70 Incarcerated Women and Transgender…

NYC Defenders Statement re: Transfer of Woman and Transgender People Detained on Rikers Island

October 15, 2021 Contact: Redmond Haskins, The Legal Aid Society (rhaskins@legal-aid.org) Sam McCann, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (SMccann@ndsny.org) Daniel Ball, Brooklyn Defender Services (DBall@bds.org) Emily Whitfield, The Bronx Defenders (Ewhitfield@bronxdefenders.org) Lupe Todd-Medina, New York County Defender Services (LToddmedina@nycds.org) Hettie Powell, Queens Defenders (hpowell@queensdefenders.org) ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** NYC Defenders Statement on Plan to Transfer Women…

Written Testimony of The Bronx Defenders Re: Conditions at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility and Other Facilities of the New York City Department of Correction

New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Correction Re: Conditions at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility and Other Facilities of the New York City Department of Correction October 1, 2021 Written Testimony of The Bronx Defenders By Ann Mathews, Managing Director of the Criminal Defense Practice Testimony of Bronx Defenders – Assembly Correction Committee –…

Joint Defender Statement on Mayor de Blasio’s Comments Concerning New York’s Court System

October 7, 2021 Redmond Haskins, The Legal Aid Society, (rhaskins@legal-aid.org) Sam McCann, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (SMccann@ndsny.org) Daniel Ball, Brooklyn Defender Services (DBall@bds.org) Emily Whitfield, The Bronx Defenders (Ewhitfield@bronxdefenders.org) Lupe Todd-Medina, New York County Defender Services (LToddmedina@nycds.org) ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** Joint Defender Statement on Mayor de Blasio’s Comments Concerning New York’s Court System (NEW YORK,…

Attorneys Call for Immediate Release of Detained Immigrants and Demand End to Transfers, As NJ Local Governments End All Contracts with ICE

October 7, 2021 Contacts: Daniel Ball, Brooklyn Defender Services, dball@bds.org Emily Whitfield, The Bronx Defenders, ewhitfield@bronxdefenders.org Redmond Haskins, The Legal Aid Society, rhaskins@legal-aid.org ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** NYIFUP STATEMENT ON BERGEN COUNTY’S EXIT FROM ICE DETENTION CONTRACT Attorneys Call for Immediate Release of Detained Immigrants and Demand End to Transfers, As NJ Local Governments End All…

In a Win for Millions of New Yorkers, Court Orders NYPD to Stop Accessing Sealed Arrest Records

Court Order Brings Relief for Over 3.5 Million Majority Black and Brown New Yorkers in NYPD’s Massive Searchable Databases MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2021 CONTACT: Emily Whitfield, ewhitfield@bronxdefenders.org (NEW YORK, NY) Saying that a class action lawsuit brought by The Bronx Defenders and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP  has a “very strong likelihood of success,”…