Mothers Whose Children Have Been Killed by Police, Arrested Meet to Organize

The mother never wanted to talk in public about what happened to her son.

For 24 years — since her then-17-year-old son Ronald was pulled off a bus in Washington, D.C., charged and eventually convicted of murder — Donna Heyward always avoided recounting the pain of losing her oldest child to the criminal justice system.

NY State Extends Budget Talks With No Agreement Yet on Raise the Age

After missing a Saturday deadline in part due to disagreement over proposed raise the age legislation, New York legislators signed bills submitted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to approve a 2018 State Budget Extender and avoid a government shut-down.

Even When NY Police Do Try Their Own, Process Is Far From Transparent

The 2017 department trial of Richard Haste highlights an ambiguous and secret process by which the NYPD disciplines officers. It is the last stop for many families of civilians killed by the NYPD, but the administrative trial process lacks the transparency and impartiality of the criminal and judicial processes it mimics.
“People would say that the trial room is a kangaroo court. It’s not a real court. I disagree,” said police union attorney Stuart London in a later interview inside his Wall St. office. “I think if you make it a real courtroom, it can be a real courtroom.”

A Civil Rights Movement Grows in Brooklyn

Two meetings last week, one in a modest community center across the street from a waterfront Brooklyn housing project, the other in a well-lit assembly room...

Trump Administration Could Target Central American Teens

After 18 days on a bus to the Mexican city of Reynosa, five days walking through the desert to Texas and two months living in Long Island, the fate of 18-year-old Axel Caballero of Honduras rested in the hands of an immigration judge who hovered above him inside a federal immigration courtroom in downtown Manhattan.

Children Will Continue to Flee Danger, Expert Says

In all her years working with Unaccompanied Alien Children, one interaction in particular stands out to Michelle Brané, the director of migrant rights and justice for the Women’s Refugee Commission.