Direct representation of youth with disabilities in, or transitioning out of, Illinois juvenile justice facilities and Chicago's alternative schools. The goal will be to keep them in school and secure appropriate special education services for future success.
Direct representation, outreach and community education for young, indigent parents involved with the child welfare system, with a special focus on working with young parents with a history of foster care involvement and with young fathers.
Direct representation and community education to address and ameliorate the fragile financial stability of working poor individuals and families in the intersecting areas of consumer, family and public benefits law.
Direct representation to low-income Detroit families whose children have disabilities. Will conduct in-person outreach to and education for parents to ensure their children are receiving free and appropriate education.
Direct representation of poor, disabled children in Medicaid Fair Hearings after the wrongful denial of their claims for necessary services. Since the financial burden of these denials often forces parents to place their children into foster care, she will work to keep children home with their parents and will advocate for children already in the foster care system to achieve stability and permanency.
Direct representation, community education and policy advocacy for low-wage immigrant workers facing wage theft and retaliation, using a groundbreaking new law aimed at preventing the improper use of employees' immigration status to silence complaints.
Will work with Los Angeles' Opportunity Youth Collaborative to dismantle the common barriers to educational attainment that transition-age foster youth encounter, using direct services, stakeholder training, and state and local policy advocacy.
Direct representation and culturally sensitive advocacy to Filipino human trafficking survivors on a range of issues, including wage and hour violations, anti-retaliation and anti-discrimination claims on their behalf. Also will connect survivors to mental health resources and social services. Additionally, will forge a robust anti-trafficking coalition of community leaders and government officials to facilitate collaboration and knowledge-sharing.
Direct representation of children in solitary confinement in New Jersey detention facilities who are denied access to an education. Also will represent such children upon release in IDEA hearings to help them re-enroll and readjust to school.
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI)
Advocacy to build community capacity in Chicago neighborhoods hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis by partnering with community organizations to effectively utilize the Cook County Land Bank and ensure its sustainability by strengthening its legal infrastructure.
American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties
San Diego, CA
Direct representation of low-income families who have been inappropriately denied CalWORKS benefits and/or subjected to highly intrusive home searches as part of San Diego county's "Project 100% Welfare Program."
Provision of comprehensive direct legal services and systemic advocacy on behalf of commercially sexually exploited youth and those most at risk of exploitation in the Bay Area. Will facilitate access to physical and mental health care, education, cash/food assistance, safe housing and social services.
Direct representation and impact litigation to enforce the rights of children in the foster care system with psychiatric conditions, specifically those that have been psychiatrically hospitalized and/or prescribed psychotropic medication.
The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands
Provision of comprehensive legal services to low-income persons with criminal records to enable them to successfully re-enter society. Also will engage in community legal education and coalition building.
Direct representation of low-income and elderly homeowners facing tax foreclosures. Also will assist homeowners in applying for new tax relief programs, will advocate to ensure compliance with the procedural rules established in the new ordinance, and will advocate with the city and its third-party collectors.
Direct representation and impact litigation in housing, landlord-tenant and consumer law on behalf of low-income residents in the St. Louis area. Will promote economic and racial justice through advocacy and community education in Ferguson, Missouri, and the surrounding areas of north St. Louis County.
Advocacy to empower homeless veterans to help them achieve economic stability by establishing a behavioral health medical-legal partnership with Mental Health America's Operation Healthy Homecoming in Long Beach, California, to provide direct legal services and training to veterans.
Direct representation to low-wage immigrant workers seeking to collect damages on unpaid wages and other labor law violations, employing strategies in the pre-judgment phase and ensuring that damages will be paid.
Direct representation and community education for at-risk and court-involved youth through a medical-legal partnership model at community-based mental health clinics. The goal will be improving mental health outcomes and chances for successful re-entry after involvement in the justice system.
Will join a medical-legal partnership between SeniorLAW Center and LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) to address health-harming legal needs of vulnerable seniors to provide more comprehensive care.
Direct representation to low-wage, immigrant women workers in Fresno, California. Also will use community education, impact litigation and advocacy to expand and protect clients' rights, capitalizing on recently passed California laws to strengthen worker protections.
Direct services for homeless and formerly homeless people living with AIDS on a range of issues, including public benefits fair hearings and in Housing Court. Also will pursue impact litigation to address discrimination against persons living with AIDS on the basis of HIV/AIDS, LGBT identity and source of income.
American Civil Liberties Union - Immigrants' Rights Project
San Francisco, CA
Advocacy to challenge the anticipated backlash against the new administrative immigration relief program. Will focus on access to drivers' licenses, professional and commercial licenses, and higher and adult education, through direct representation, impact litigation, advocacy and community education.