Current Cases & Projects

Taking on Gun Safety Preemption in Pennsylvania

The plaintiffs in the action, the City of Philadelphia, residents who have lost family members to gun violence, and CeaseFirePA filed a lawsuit in state court that claims the Pennsylvania General Assembly handcuffs local governments so that they cannot enact or enforce even simple, well-researched policies that have been repeatedly shown to save lives, while […]

Philadelphia Federal Detention Center detainees file class action lawsuit demanding protection from COVID-19

An initiative of the Richard Berkman & Toni Seidl Health Care Justice Project. UPDATE Nov. 20, 2020 — In the last three weeks, 171 detainees and 28 members of staff have tested positive for COVID-19. District Court Judge Anita Brody has issued an order in the case, directing the FDC to send a notice to […]

Taking on Gun Violence in Philadelphia

An initiative of the Richard Berkman & Toni Seidl Health Care Justice Project. In Philadelphia, gun violence is an epidemic. In 2018, in addition to the 249 Philadelphians killed in shootings, over 1,100 people were shot and survived, leaving many with lifelong disabilities. This violence does not affect everyone in the city equally: nearly 85 […]

Challenging Federal Detention Center of Philadelphia’s Visitation Policy

An initiative of the Richard Berkman & Toni Seidl Health Care Justice Project. In 2016, the FDC instituted a new visitation policy for inmates being held while awaiting trial or sentencing. Pre-trial inmates are the majority of those held at the facility, and they may remain at the FDC for months or years. The new […]

Pennsylvania Dental Advocacy Project

Adequate dental health care is essential to overall health and well-being, and yet too many children are denied dental care every year due to a number of economic, structural, and geographic issues. According to a research brief published by the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute in December 2015, Pennsylvania has the seventh largest gap in the country between Medicaid-enrolled children and privately insured children for the utilization of dental care. While Pennsylvania’s statistics have somewhat improved, a large number of children are still not receiving dental care.