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    Since 2015, police in New York City have killed at least 18 people experiencing mental health crises, 15 of whom were people of color. 

    In NYC, police are the longstanding de facto first responders to mental health crises, and the repeated violent encounters with people experiencing a crisis show that the police are not equipped to de-escalate and safely address mental health crises.

    Mental illness is not a crime, but it's criminalization has fueled the over-representation of people of color in prisons and fatal police shootings. This project fights for a systemic reimagining of NYC’s response to mental health crises, replacing police in these situations with a team of trained peer crisis counselors and medical professionals to ensure that people in crisis are met with connections to care, instead of trauma and violence.

    To honor NYLPI’s commitment to this vision, every dollar donated through Giving Tuesday will be matched by a generous grant from FJC: A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds.

    Double your impact and help NYLPI transform New York City’s Mental Health Crisis response. 

    Give the gift of justice this holiday season.

    For 45 years, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) has been a
    leading civil rights advocate for New Yorkers fighting marginalization based on race, poverty, disability, and immigration status. 

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