JOSEFINA S. ET. AL. V. THE CITY OF NEW YORK (2017)

U.S.D.C., S.D.N.Y. Class action filed October 6, 2017, on behalf of parents with, or perceived to have, intellectual disabilities who have been or will be investigated by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (“ACS”). ACS is the New York City agency charged with providing services to parents to avoid removals, or if a child has already been removed, hasten reunification, if they suspect a child is at risk of abuse or neglect. The complaint alleges that in the case of parents with intellectual disabilities, ACS consistently discriminates against the parents, both directly and indirectly, by failing to provide services, programs, and activities tailored to the parents’ needs and by assuming that parents with intellectual disabilities are unable to parent safely.  The parties are currently engaged in discovery.

NYLAG attorneys: Jane Greengold Stevens, Elizabeth Jois, and Thalia Julme.

Co-Counsel: Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

 

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