The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

Upcoming Events

Overcoming Barriers for People with Criminal Records

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016

This 3-hour training explains how New Yorkers with criminal records can improve their chances of finding employment and housing despite the barriers having a criminal record might pose.

Legal Rights and Risks of Adolescents in the Age of AIDS

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017

This training will cover the legal rights and potential liabilities of adolescents living with, at risk for or affected by HIV. Audience: All health and human services providers who work with or advocate youth at risk or living with HIV and/or with basic understanding of issues facing such adolescents.

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Blog Archives

Rx for Drug Courts: Allow Effective Addiction Medication

The opioid epidemic kills 78 Americans every day. To address this crisis, President Obama and public health authorities have called for increased use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Yet half the nation’s drug courts prohibit MAT, according to a 2014 survey.

When Coming Home Means Being Shut Out: Expanding Reentry to All Types of Offenses

Today marks the start of the first annual Reentry Week, a time to think constructively about how best to evolve our criminal justice system to meet the needs of communities and those returning to them with criminal records. We need to ensure that all people with conviction histories are eligible for and receive effective reentry services, not just those with offenses categorized as nonserious, nonsexual, and nonviolent.

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News and Highlights


New Report Details Strategies for Eliminating Housing Barriers for People with Criminal Records

This report assesses some of the most common and pernicious obstacles to housing that confront Americans with criminal records and their families. It also examines innovative federal, state, and municipal initiatives that are helping people to overcome those obstacles.

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ACT NOW: Seeking comments on NYS application for Medicaid waiver

Please act now. Submit comments on New York’s request for a federal waiver to Medicaid rules barring the use of Medicaid for incarcerated individuals.

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Joint Statement on Federal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force Report

The undersigned organizations issued the following statement today regarding the report released on October 27th by the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (MH and SUD) Parity Task Force, established by President Obama in March 2016.


LAC’s Letter to the Washington Post Editor in Support of Insurance Coverage for MAT

LAC Vice President for Health Initiatives Ellen Weber responds to an article in the Washington Post entitled “The Drug Industry’s Answer to Opioid Addiction: More Pills” with a letter to the editor.

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