ECBA client Jazmine Headley gave powerful testimony to the New York City Council at a City Council hearing on February 4, 2019. Ms. Headley spoke to lawmakers about her experiences in December 2018 when she was attacked, arrested, and forcibly separated from her one-year-old son, after sitting on the floor in an HRA office as she waited for her appointment. Ms. Headley advocated for a number of reforms, including “social workers not security officers” and more on-site staff at HRA offices. Ms. Headley told the Council, “We need to change the way HRA provide services to people when they are most in need.” Members of the Council commended Ms. Headley for her important testimony, and called her treatment “painful and heartbreaking,” acknowledging that it reflected a “system-wide issue.”
Ms. Headley is represented by ECBA attorneys Katie Rosenfeld and Michele Yankson.
Watch Ms. Headley’s testimony here. Additional press coverage of Ms. Headley’s testimony can be found here, here and here.
ECBA is proud to represent Jazmine Headley, a 23 year-old Brooklyn woman who was subjected to appalling mistreatment by HRA and the NYPD at a Brooklyn HRA office last week, and is now speaking out on her own behalf. After taking the day off of work to address a problem with her son’s childcare voucher, and waiting hours to be seen, Ms. Headley sat on the floor next to her son’s stroller. In response, HRA and NYPD officers grabbed her, attacked her, ripped her son out of her arms, arrested her, and separated her from her son for several days. The incident was caught on cellphone videos. All charges were dropped, and both the Mayor and HRA Commissioner ultimately issued public apologies to Ms. Headley. However, in her recent interview with the New York Times, Ms. Headley discussed how this horrific mistreatment is unfortunately all too common for New Yorkers in this situation.
ECBA Partner Katie Rosenfeld represents Ms. Headley, along with ECBA attorney Michele Yankson.
Read coverage of Ms. Headley’s case in the New York Times here.