New York’s legislature has long understood that publication and release of sensitive information in name change proceedings places certain applicants at increased risk of harm – sometimes from the very people that the applicant is specifically seeking safety. Such statutory protection is especially important for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking, as well as those in the transgender communities – groups that seek sealed, unpublished name changes at the greatest rates. A.2242 (Bronson)/S.5240 (Savino) not only is in line with existing policy, but enhances and clarifies the law for name change applicants who need the benefit of the law’s critical safety protections. We ask that you sign this bill into law.
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