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Rivera, a public interest attorney and staunch advocate for client-centered and trauma-informed legal services, has served in a range of positions at NYLAG for two decades, most recently as managing attorney. She is the first person of color and first Latinx person to serve in this role, and began her tenure on July 1, 2022.
A historic settlement requires the Board of Immigration Appeals to make its judicial decisions publicly available.
A federal district court in New York ordered the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals to establish an online library of its unpublished opinions – the result of a settlement between the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the U.S. Department of Justice.
NYLAG in the News
Many Russian émigrés lost access to Russian pensions after the invasion of Ukraine and have petitioned the Social Security Administration to increase monthly payments to offset the loss. NYLAG’s Michelle Spadafore spoke with GBH News about the issue.
NYLAG’s Abby Biberman spoke with the Times Union about the recent spike in demand for food and cash assistance for low-income residents in New York. “Anecdotally, our clients are experiencing a lot of problems with their benefits lately,” Biberman said. “We’ve seen a lot of delays.”
New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the launch of three new legal services grants aimed at assisting the thousands of immigrants who have arrived in New York City this year. NYLAG is one of three community-based organizations to receive funding.