Advocacy to assist black and Latino communities facing school closures. Will use Department of Education Title VI complaints and other civil litigation strategies to increase black and Latino students' access to quality, well-resourced neighborhood public schools, including resources to allow English Language Learners meaningful access to education.
Provision of direct legal services for low-wage workers in New York City to enforce their rights under two new workplace protection laws: The Earned Sick Time Act and Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Also will focus on community training and advocacy.
Direct representation and policy advocacy on behalf of low-income girls of color suspended or expelled from school for reasons that are in violation of their civil rights, particularly for behavior related to trauma stemming from sexual victimization.
Direct representation of youth in foster care to protect their educational rights by reducing the disproportionate use of suspension and expulsion. Will represent these clients in family court and school discipline hearings and will create a framework for sustainable reform.
Direct bankruptcy representation for low-income Brooklyn and Queens, New York, homeowners facing foreclosure by helping them achieve financial stability and keep their homes. Emphasis will be on crafting affordable mortgage modifications and restructuring debt by preserving equity they have built in their homes.
Advocacy to advance economic justice in Georgia through direct representation, impact litigation and community education on behalf of low-income persons who are burdened by fines and fees assessed for traffic violations and other minor offenses.
Advocacy to help poor people escape the collateral consequences of uncounseled misdemeanor guilty pleas in West Virginia and other nearby states. Through direct representation will help people expunge minor convictions and through impact litigation will bring systemic civil suits to protect the Sixth Amendment right to counsel when facing bail.
Direct representation of veterans with other-than-honorable discharges based on undiagnosed PTSD who are facing some of the biggest barriers for treatment. Will help them challenge their unwarranted discharge status and gain access to health care and benefits through a new behavioral medical-legal partnership.
Advocacy for California children denied the necessary instruction to achieve basic literacy, through community-led impact litigation. Also, direct representation of children in their schools and outreach to share the litigation model.
Provision of direct representation and eventual impact litigation for children who qualify for critical public benefits and are not receiving them. Also will provide community education and outreach to educate other advocates, providers and potential beneficiaries.
University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
National Immigration Law Center
Los Angeles, CA
Provision of direct representation, eventual impact litigation and coalition building to promote and defend access to educational, professional and economic opportunities for low-income immigrants who will benefit from new federal policy changes that grant them work permits.
Provision of direct re-entry legal services to formerly incarcerated persons in Los Angeles. Will produce record expungements, provide consumer debt counseling, and mitigate criminal justice debt and traffic fines.
Direct representation to persons re-entering the workplace. Will provide criminal record expungement and access to housing and family law in an effort to remove employment barriers and lessen the collateral consequences of having a juvenile or criminal record.
Direct representation of immigrant families through school-based legal clinics. Will develop linguistically and culturally accessible outreach materials and know-your-rights presentations, and will represent persons on issues of housing, family law and employment discrimination. Also will seek appropriate immigration relief such as VAWA petitions or U-Visas.
Direct representation in special education and disciplinary matters for students in Chicago's growing "options schools." Also will provide community education on students' rights to stay in school and their entitlement to special education services and fair discipline procedures.
Direct representation of low-income students with disabilities from minority backgrounds who are recommended for, or participating in, overly restrictive placements. Also will represent those who have been improperly disciplined with the use of exclusionary measures, including suspension, restraint and seclusion. The goal is to curb the school-to-prison pipeline in Massachusetts.
Provision of transactional legal services to create worker-owned businesses in the Bay Area with a particular emphasis on low-wage workers from Asian Pacific Islander communities who are vulnerable to labor trafficking and exploitation. The goal is to build economic security for them.
Direct representation of domestic violence victims in Brooklyn, New York, to assert their right to safety and independence. Clients will be seen at a community maternal and child health clinic provided by a medical-legal partnership.
Direct representation of low-income pregnant workers and new mothers on issues of job-protected leave, accommodations and partial wage replacement. Will create a medical-legal partnership with a birthing hospital and prenatal clinics in Contra Costa County, California.