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Who We Serve
Students Involved In Bullying Incidents
Students Involved in Bullying Incidents
Advocates for Children of New York works with students who are targeted by or involved in bullying, with a focus on students with disabilities and LGBTQ and gender nonconforming youth. LGBTQ students and students with disabilities are more likely to be bullied and also have higher rates of school suspension, in part because of behaviors that are a response to harassment, an unsupportive school climate, or unmet special education needs.
Individual Case Assistance:
AFC provides free advice and case assistance to families of students impacted by bullying, including:
- Representation at suspension hearings and Manifestation Determination Reviews because of behavior related to bullying;
- Representation at IEP meetings, impartial hearings, and mediations to secure appropriate school placements and services for students with disabilities impacted by bullying;
- Help obtaining school transfers; and
- Help filing complaints for students who have been bullied or harassed.
AFC offers workshops and trainings for parents, youth, and social service providers about bullying, suspensions, special education, and the rights of LGBTQ and gender nonconforming students in New York City schools.
Through our work with families and communities, we identify trends and system-wide barriers that we address through our policy work. AFC advocates for safe and supportive school environments free from bullying, harassment, and discrimination, and for all students, including those with disabilities or behavioral challenges, to receive the services and supports they need to succeed in school. Read testimony [PDF] we submitted to the New York City Council Committee on Education with recommendations for addressing bullying in New York City schools.
Guides & Resources
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- AFC’s fact sheet Bullying, Harassment, and Discrimination of Immigrant Students in NYC Schools (also available in Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Russian, and Urdu) explains New York City Department of Education (DOE) policy and what parents can do if their children experience bullying or discrimination based on race, national origin, immigration status, or religion.
- AFC’s LGBTQ Education Guide explains LGBTQ students’ rights in New York City public schools and what to do if these rights have been violated. It covers topics such as bullying and harassment; school transfers; changing your name at school; and the rights of students living in temporary housing.
- AFC’s Guide to School Suspensions (also available in Spanish) explains when a student can be suspended, what happens at a superintendent's suspension hearing, and the student's rights throughout the process.
- The New York State Education Department (NYSED) offers guidance and resources to help schools address bullying and comply with the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).
- The NYC DOE’s Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Student Guidelines explain transgender students’ rights and the responsibility of schools to prevent and address bullying and harassment.