Thursday, August 31, 2006

City Ordered to Stop Denying Aid to Abused Immigrant Women and Children

"A judge has ordered the city to stop illegally denying aid to immigrant women and children who have been abused, according to a media report. Judge Jed Rakoff ruled Monday that city policymakers were long aware of systemic problems with computer software and training, and they moved to fix them only after a group of battered women filed a lawsuit claiming that official failure had forced women to choose between staying safe and getting needed aid, despite government policies aimed at supporting them, The New York Times reported. . . . Among the problems was a computer form filled out by caseworkers for noncitizens applying for aid. The pull-down list omitted a "battered qualified alien" category, leading to the automatic rejection of many women, the newspaper reported." AP, FindLaw Link to Article (last visited 8-30-06 NVS)

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