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Emilia Sicilia

Shannon Sswiatek January 18, 2020

Emilia Sicilia is a Senior Staff Attorney and Statewide Coordinator of the Disability Advocacy Program (DAP) at the Empire Justice Center in Yonkers, New York, where she focuses on Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits.  Her work includes systemic advocacy and impact litigation.  She currently serves as co-counsel to plaintiffs in Amin v. Berryhill, a lawsuit challenging the failure of the Social Security Administration (SSA) to process non-disability appeals.  Prior impact litigation experience includes the class actions Martinez v. Astrue and Clark v. Astrue, which challenged SSA’s policy of suspending and denying benefits based on an outstanding warrant, and Padro v. Astrue, which charged the denial of due process and anti-claimant bias by five administrative law judges in SSA’s Queens hearing office Emilia has represented numerous clients before the Social Security Administration and in federal court.  She presented trainings for the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), the New York State Bar Association, several NYC legal services and advocacy organizations, and the Hunter College School of Social Work.Previously, Emilia worked at the Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.  She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and Wesleyan University.