Weekly Round-up: December 6th, 2013


~The newly appointed NYPD Commissioner, William Bratton, will now be responsible for school safety in New York City. This February he attended a School Safety Symposium in Purchase, NY that was held in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.  The Symposium focused on bringing school officials and law enforcement together in order to discuss working together and integrating mental health services as a way to prevent school related violence. Bratton, a speaker at the symposium, promoted the idea of inter-agency collaboration in order to prevent school shootings. (CBS New York)

~ One of the major issues that mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will face in the upcoming months is contract negotiation with the New York City teachers’ union, The United Federation for Teachers.  The teachers’ contract ran out in 2009 and has yet to be renewed due to a contract dispute.  The following article outlines the larger points of contention. (Education Week)


~Cesar Vargas completed law school and passed his bar examination.  Upon the completion of his bar exam, the  Committee responsible for evaluating his character and fitness rated him “stellar.”  After this rating, the Committee recommended that Vargas not be admitted to the State Bar due to the fact that he is an unauthorized immigrant. Vargas came to the United States from Mexico at age 5. He is challenging the Committee’s decision.  You can read about the story here.  (NY Times)

Juvenile Rights

~ In In Re Edwin S. the Family Court (Queens County) addressed the use of simplified Miranda Warnings for juveniles.… <Read More>

Weekly Round-up: November 8th, 2013


Welcome to the first edition of our Weekly Round-Up! Every Friday JustFamilies.org will be bringing New York’s Family Law Community articles on recent family law-related news. Enjoy!


~For a discussion of possible candidates that meet Mayor-Elect Bill De Blasio’s description for the Chancellor of the NYC Department of Education click here. (Capital New York)

~Here is an article by Diane Ravitch discussing Mayor-elect De Blasio and the effect of his election on education in New York City. (Huffington Post)


~New York City launched the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project– the nation’s first government funded legal representation program for detained indigent immigrants facing deportation. Full story here. (Latin Times)

LGBT Rights

~The U.S. Senate voted to approve a ban on workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but it is unlikely the House of Representatives will even vote on it. Full story here. (CBS New York)

Mental Health

~The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a final parity regulation which requires covered insurers to provide coverage for mental health and addiction services comparable to that for medical or surgical benefits.  Click here for the official announcement.  The regulation can be found here. (U.S. Department of Human Health and Services)… <Read More>

Coming to America! A Learning Experience in Alternative U.S. History

Immigration into the United States is undoubtedly one of the most difficult and stressful undertakings that many people and families can undergo.   In order to become a US citizen, immigrants must pass a citizenship test, among other things, but recently one author questioned the validity of the questions that were being asked.

What are we teaching our newest citizens in the 100 questions they are asked to learn to become a US citizen?  Is this just a memorization exercise?

Maybe INS should take a page from the SAT, and require an essay!… <Read More>

Domestic Abuse Plagues Women from Afghanistan

http://www.womenforafghanwomen.org/history.php?ID=/history.htmlOn February 27, 2011, the New York Times published an article “Abuse Often Follows Afghans to America,” about how women from Afghanistan, who are abused in their own country, still suffer extreme domestic abuse when they come to the United States.  Women immigrating to the United States from Afghanistan are often joining their husbands who already have come to the United States.  These women are “thrilled about the prospect of a new American life,” but often that dream is shattered when they arrive in the United States.  How, and why, is this so?

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