The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) helps people with disabilities gain equal opportunity in employment, public accommodations, transportation, state & local government services and telecommunications. Empire Justice Center provides legal representation to individuals in the Rochester area whose rights have been violated according to the ADA.
JOINT PRESS RELEASE: N.N. et al. v. Rochester City School District
January 21, 2021
Empire Justice Center, on behalf of their clients in the lawsuit N.N. -vs- RCSD, and the Rochester City School District executed a stipulation of settlement on October 22, 2020. The main goals of the settlement are to provide the timely and compliant services for students with disabilities, increase the involvement of parents of students with disabilities in the development of individualized education programs and improve the achievement and graduation rates of students with disabilities.
Welcome to the September edition of our newsletter, Policy Matters. In this edition we condemn the murder of a community, mourn the loss of a colleague, celebrate a victory for disabled students, share our advocacy to prevent foreclosures and improper nursing home discharges, and update you on our latest COVID-19 free legal resources.
PRESS RELEASE: Settlement of United States of America v. Gates Chili Central School District
August 20, 2020
Empire Justice Center welcomes news of the settlement today of United States of America v. Gates Chili Central School District. The settlement reached today requires Gates Chili to modify its service animal policy to accommodate future students who bring service animals to school.
Tomás H. Lucero is a Victims of Crime Advocate (VOCA) Paralegal with the Immigrants & Immigration (II) practice group in the firm's Yonkers Office. He provides intake and legal support to the II practice group, assisting in its efforts to bring justice to immigrant victims of crime. Tomás earned a B.A. in English from the University of San Diego. He has four years of experience in the immigration field; two working with "aliens of extraordinary ability" on EB1 cases and two with victims of crime on U Visas. Before joining Empire Justice Center, Tomás worked at a private law firm in San Diego, California, preparing U Visa and I-130 petitions. Tomás is a native Spanish speaker, professional translator, and trained community interpreter.