NYLAG’s Special Litigation Unit (SLU) works to ensure that vulnerable New Yorkers receive the government benefits and services to which they are entitled. SLU also works to protect clients’ statutory and constitutional rights.

SLU initiates class action and other impact lawsuits on behalf of groups of individuals who experience a common problem resulting from a broad failure in the system. Through SLU’s successful impact litigation, hundreds of thousands of low-income New Yorkers have obtained and retained essential benefits and services. SLU maintains its own litigation docket and also co-counsels cases with other public interest organizations and private firms working pro bono to secure creative, systemic relief for clients.

Current NYLAG impact litigation focuses on ensuring access to public benefits (such as public assistance, food stamps, and Medicaid-funded home health care), and enforcing the rights of immigrants, people with disabilities, and consumers.