Expansion of legal services to poor and homeless veterans through legal clinics at homeless shelters and in veterans' homes. Issues to be addressed will be access to benefits, challenging discharge status and resolving financial or family law matters.
Will establish the Low-Income Bankruptcy Project to help New York's working poor obtain debt relief and rebuild their financial lives. Will provide help with Chapter 7 filings and also will advise debtors seeking Chapter 13 protection in order to save their homes from foreclosures.
Direct representation, community education and impact litigation for limited-English proficient (LEP) workers arbitrarily barred from equal employment opportunities.
Direct representation to help improve the health and safety of immigrant, low-wage dairy workers in the Central Valley of California who are victims of exploitation.
Direct legal services, impact litigation and policy advocacy to remove barriers to public education for low-income immigrant children and parents in Northern California and the Central Valley.
Direct representation to ensure foster youth receive the full benefits of California's numerous education and foster care reforms. Will also provide technical assistance and training for local agencies charged with the implementation of these laws and development of additional policy solutions.
Direct representation and advocacy on behalf of youth in schools who experience harassment or discrimination as a result of their real or perceived LGBTQ status in rural and low-income areas of Mississippi and Alabama.
Impact litigation to ensure access to classroom communication for deaf and hard of hearing students by enforcing their right, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, to qualified American Sign Language interpreters and ASL-based instruction.
Direct representation for indigent teen parents and pregnant teens on matters of child support and custody, protection from abuse and access to public benefits, to enable them to reach their educational and professional goals.
Direct representation to National Guard service members and their families during and after deployments on matters of guardianship, predatory lending, housing, employment and family law matters.
Direct representation, community education and policy advocacy to protect the right of low-wage, immigrant workers to work. This right is threatened by the implementation of E-Verify, a flawed federal identification database.
Comprehensive direct legal services to homeless youth on issues of housing, public benefits, family law and education. Will conduct intake at homeless shelters.
Will provide direct representation and community education to fight foreclosure rescue and loan modification scams. Will assist low-income homeowners in recovering monetary damages, injunctive relief and title to their homes.
Direct representation of low-income veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury before military discharge review boards.
Direct representation of low-income student loan borrowers in litigation against predatory lenders, focusing on unscrupulous practices and false promises of for-profit educational institutions. Will also produce materials to assist other legal services providers.
Provision of transactional legal support to local community-based organizations and non-profits in South Los Angeles who are starting social enterprises that bring needed jobs, goods and services to low-income communities.
Direct representation of court-involved youth in special education matters to ensure access to appropriate education and to reduce school exclusion. Will also train court-appointed juvenile attorneys to represent their clients on education matters.
Direct legal representation and advocacy on behalf of disabled individuals denied accessible care and reasonable accommodations by medical providers, neighborhood clinics and HMOs. Will collaborate with disability rights organizations in Massachusetts and elsewhere to devise best practices.
Advocacy to protect and enforce the rights of low-income tenants facing evictions and homelessness due to foreclosure through strategic targeting of at-risk buildings, community education, direct legal services and policy advocacy.
Direct representation of Thai immigrant low-wage workers in Los Angeles to combat wage theft, trafficking and other workplace exploitation.
Impact litigation and strategic legal advocacy to support grassroots service organizations in North Carolina working with at-risk youth to enforce students' constitutional right to a quality education.
Comprehensive legal assistance for students exiting juvenile justice facilities and re-entering schools in New Jersey's poorest communities. Will concentrate on Camden and Atlantic City. Will also provide community education to disseminate information and empower parents on access to education for his clients.
Direct representation, community education, impact litigation and law reform advocacy on debt collections and other consumer law issues that disproportionately affect D.C.'s low-income community, particularly Spanish speakers.
Direct representation of New York City Medicare and Medicaid recipients to protect critical health benefits during New York State's shift to managed care. Also will provide systemic advocacy to preserve due process rights and other consumer protections for such persons known as "dual eligibles."
Direct representation to African victims of human trafficking on matters of access to public benefits and immigration remedies.
Direct representation and community education for low-income immigrant family violence survivors in underserved areas of rural Central Texas.
Direct legal services to Russian-speaking victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking, including representation in family court, advocacy on immigration matters and referrals to providers of medical, psychiatric and social services. One of her goals is to help her clients overcome mistrust of the legal system, so they can escape abuse and start new lives.