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New York City Makes It Illegal to Discriminate Against Immigrants

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In a somewhat unprecedented move, in early October, New York City moved to make and act on discrimination against immigrants illegal by declaring new guidance on an existing law, which dictates that it is illegal to use the term “illegal alien” to “demean, humiliate, or harass” someone in the workplace. The new guidance makes… Read More »

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New York Debates Repealing Ban On Conversion Therapy Due to Civil Rights Lawsuit

By Phillip J. Murphy |

New York City Council is currently considering repealing a 2017 law ( 2018/22, the “Counseling Censorship Law”) that banned conversion therapy, which involves attempting to change someone’s sexual orientation and gender identity. The proposal stems from a looming lawsuit that could have nationwide negative implications if the court sides against the city, and which… Read More »

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New York City Judge Recommends Criminal Penalties for Judge Who Threatens to Deport Tenant

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In September, for the first time, a New York judge recommended that the landlord who threatened to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) be assessed a criminal fine for violating anti-discrimination and human rights laws. Still, according to reports, there are additional legal proceedings that must occur before the judge’s recommendation goes into effect;… Read More »

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New Jersey Wrestler Forced To Cut Dreadlocks Leads To Civil Rights Concerns & Investigations

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The video of a wrestler in New Jersey who was forced to cut his dreadlocks for a December wrestling match led to the opening of a state civil rights investigation, igniting accusations of abuse of power, racism, discrimination, and bias in high school sports. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association has now also… Read More »

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State Prosecutor Accuses DOJ of Blocking Investigation into Potential Police Misconduct

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The state prosecutor is suing the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over what many suspect to be police misconduct and civil rights issues involving police officers (members of a fugitive task force) shooting 59 bullets into a schizophrenic college student. While the police claimed that they had a warrant to enter the victim’s residency… Read More »

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New York City’s New Fleet of Drones Has Civil Rights Advocates Concerned

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In early December, the New York Police Department (NYPD) announced that it would soon be launching a fleet of 14 drones across the city to monitor people and “reach remote areas in crime scenes.” This has a number of civil rights advocates concerned because the policy governing the drones technically allows for their use… Read More »

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New York State’s Court of Appeals Finds That Immigrants Deserve Jury Trials, Regardless Of Charge

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In a huge step forward for immigrants accused of crimes and threatened with deportation, on November 27, New York State’s Court of Appeals ruled that immigrants are entitled to jury trials, regardless of the severity of the crime with which they are charged, because the potential penalty of deportation is so severe. This is… Read More »

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Department Of Education Proposes To Roll Back Civil Rights Protections for Victims of Sexual Assault and Harassment

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On November 16, the Department of Education released a proposed rule to dramatically limit schools’ obligations to students who have experienced sexual violence. Although it preserves some important protections associated with the process, including the involvement of an impartial investigator, the opportunity to present rebuttal evidence, equal right to appeal for both parties, and… Read More »

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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Calls on Administration to Recommit to Police Oversight

By Phillip J. Murphy |

After former Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum reducing the ability of federal law enforcement officials to curb police abuse state-by-state, on November 15, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights called on the Justice Department to recommit to police oversight, including the use of binding consent decrees in order to promote constitutional policing… Read More »

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Midterm Elections Will Likely Bring Significant Change to Congress & Our Civil Rights

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On November 6, the midterm elections made a number of significant changes to Congress that will likely have long-lasting impacts on criminal justice, voting rights, and other important civil rights. Below, we’ve discussed some of the priority bills that the 116th Congress may tackle, and the prospective impacts on our civil liberties: Immigration A… Read More »

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