Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


News Story, Video (Nevada)

Valley lawyers volunteer to help foster kids

July 19, 2018 | KVVU (local FOX, Las Vegas)
Separating from parents is typically the first hurdle many foster kids go through, they also have to go through court proceedings; oftentimes without any legal representation.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Foster Youth
News Story (NATIONAL)

The Trump administration asked 70 babies who can’t talk to make their case in immigration court

July 19, 2018 | VICE News
New Justice Department data obtained by Kaiser Health News and the Texas Tribune show the number of babies under 1 summoned to immigration court recently increased almost 200 percent, from 24 in fiscal year 2017 to 70 so far in fiscal year 2018.
Tags: Detention Centers | Family Separation | Immigration Process
Profile (Illinois)

“When a woman is in crisis, you do not put them in a cage.”

July 18, 2018 | Chicago Tribune
Raised by hardworking parents who put her and her siblings in Catholic school, Payne fell victim to the rough streets of the Ida B. Wells public housing complex, where her family was forced to move after her father became ill when she was 11.
Tags: Criminal Justice

3 Thoughts About Closing The Justice Gap

July 18, 2018 | Above the Law
Addressing this crisis requires cooperation and collaboration.
Tags: Access to Justice | Access to Justice Commissions | Law Libraries
News Story (Washington)

Can’t Afford a Lawyer?

July 18, 2018 | Marshall Project
Civil representation is too expensive for many, but Washington state has one solution.
Tags: Access to Justice | Civil Right to Counsel | Limited License Legal Technician
News Story (NATIONAL)

Lawyers welcome U.S. court order to slow deportations of separated families

July 17, 2018 | Reuters News Service
The families had been separated amid a broader crackdown on illegal immigration by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, sparking an international outcry. The president ordered the practice stopped on June 20.
Tags: Family Separation
News Story (New York)

Court Opens New Legal Options for Separated Children in New York

July 17, 2018 | Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
Federal ruling gives two children a 48-hour window, allowing lawyers to pursue asylum claims and setting a precedent for 300 others.

News Story, Video (North Carolina)

What a challenge to the Affordable Care Act could mean for you

July 17, 2018 | WLOS (Ashville, NC)
A new effort to get rid of the Affordable Care Act is playing out in the courtroom. The legal challenge could jeopardize coverage for people with preexisting conditions.
Tags: Health Care
News Story (Puerto Rico)

FEMA has either denied or not approved most appeals for housing aid in Puerto Rico

July 17, 2018 | NBC News
"The truth is that we’re here because this is ours," said a frustrated resident who is still missing part of his roof.
Tags: Disaster Recovery
News Story (New York)

What’s Happening With the Separated Children in New York?

July 16, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
Months after hundreds of immigrant youth were separated from their parents at the southwestern border and sent to New York, some are now being sent back south to rejoin them.
Tags: Family Separation
News Story (Puerto Rico)

After Storm, Foreclosures in Puerto Rico Stopped. They’re Starting Again.

July 15, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
Island residents who fell behind on their payments are facing creditors ranging from Wall Street to the federal government. Over the last four months, nearly 300 new foreclosure actions were filed in federal court in San Juan and in local courts across the island.
Tags: Disaster Recovery | Housing: Foreclosure
News Story (New York)

Racial discrimination suit filed against Urby in federal court

July 13, 2018 | Staten Island Advance
All three of the complainants claim they were issued notices, and threatened with eviction despite having done nothing wrong, according to a civil complaint.
Tags: Housing: Discrimination | Housing: Landlord-Tenant | Minorities: Racial/Ethnic
News Story (Washington)

Detained Immigrant Parents in Washington Could Soon Be Transferred to Texas

July 13, 2018 | Stranger (WA)
Parents detained in Washington state after being separated from their children at the southern border may now be moved to facilities in Texas, where they will be reunited with their kids but remain locked up.
Tags: Family Separation
News Story (NATIONAL)

Pregnant Women Say They Miscarried In Immigration Detention And Didn’t Get The Care They Needed

July 9, 2018 | BuzzFeed
Pregnant women in immigration detention under the Trump administration say they have been denied medical care, shackled around the stomach, and abused.
Tags: Asylum | Detention Centers | Health Care
News Story (Connecticut)

Immigrant Children In Connecticut Sue After Being Separated From Parents

July 8, 2018 | WNPR (Hartford, CT)
The lawsuits, filed on behalf of a 9-year-old boy from Honduras and a 14-year-old girl from El Salvador, seek immediate release and reunification with their families.
Tags: Family Separation | Immigration Process
Letter to Editor (Louisiana)

Many veterans need legal help but can’t afford it

July 6, 2018 | Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)
The most popular answer from veterans around the country, including here in Louisiana, may surprise you: They need civil legal aid. They asked for lawyers to help resolve court fines, prevent eviction, restore suspended driver's licenses and handle child support issues.
Tags: Housing: Homelessness | Veterans
Audio, News Story (Kentucky)

Instability Grows As Louisville Eviction Rate Doubles National Average

July 5, 2018 | WFPL (Louisville)
Each year, an average of 7,500 households are evicted in Jefferson County, a rate that in 2016 was more than two times the national average, according to eviction data provided by researchers at Princeton University’s Eviction Lab.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (Colorado)

Colorado Legal Services provides a free monthly legal advice clinic for low-income Summit County residents

July 5, 2018 | Summit Daily News (CO)
For working folks in Summit County, there's never enough money left at the end of each expensive month. So when a legal crisis hits, paying potentially thousands of dollars for a lawyer might just be impossible.

News Story (New York)

Criminal Convictions Behind Them, Few Have Had Their Records Sealed

July 4, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
As of the end of May, the latest numbers available, 346 people statewide had had their convictions sealed
Tags: Expungement / Record Sealing
Profile (California)

Oasis helps LGBTs seek asylum

July 4, 2018 | Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco)
Ten years ago, Jessy D'Santos made the decision to come to a place where she could be herself, a transgender woman. She fled Mexico City, where she faced daily persecution. With one reference to visit Oasis Legal Services in Oakland, her life changed forever.
Tags: Asylum | LGBTQ
News Story (NATIONAL)

Immigrant toddlers appear in court alone

June 28, 2018 | Kaiser Health News (KHN)
Children as young as 3 are appearing in court without their parents to plead their case to stay in the country.
Tags: Courts | Family Separation | Immigration Process
News Story (NATIONAL)

‘Children As Young As 5’ Could Face Immigration Court Alone, Experts Say

June 25, 2018 | Huffington Post
Kids who aren’t even old enough to know the name of their home country may be forced to navigate a complex legal system by themselves.
Tags: Asylum | Courts | Immigration Process
Letter to Editor (NATIONAL)

When Pregnant Women Face Workplace Bias

June 24, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
The observation that many women “never file complaints because they can’t afford an attorney, don’t recognize that what happened to them is illegal or fear retaliation” is especially true of mothers in low-wage jobs. And for them, losing a job is much more than a setback.
Tags: Employment | Pregnancy | Workers Rights
News Story (NATIONAL)

She Got Asylum After Her Partner Shot Her. Now The U.S. Would Turn Her Away.

June 23, 2018 | Huffington Post
Aracely Martinez Yanez fled Honduras after surviving severe domestic abuse. A new ruling will shut the door on other women like her.
Tags: Asylum | Domestic Violence
News Story (Vermont)

Where pot is now legal, no-longer-criminals seek forgiveness

June 22, 2018 | Associated Press (AP)
Past convictions have led to difficulty finding housing or a job. Some were turned away when they applied for a nursing license or federal student loans, attorneys say. Some can't get into neighboring Canada.
Tags: Criminal Records | Expungement / Record Sealing

An Immigration Lawyer On What Really Happens To Women Seeking Asylum

June 22, 2018 | BuzzFeed
Jeff Sessions recently undermined asylum protections for domestic violence survivors. Before he made that call, here's how one woman pleaded her case.
Tags: Asylum | Domestic Violence | Immigration Process
News Story (Ohio)

What nearly 50,000 eviction filings in four years have done to Hamilton County

June 21, 2018 | WCPO (ABC, Cincinnati)
A new study conducted as part of The Cincinnati Project at the University of Cincinnati shows just how prevalent evictions are in Cincinnati and Hamilton County -- and which communities are hit hardest.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (Florida)

Florida Sheriff Sued for Jailing Teen Suspects in Solitary

June 21, 2018 | Associated Press (AP)
Civil rights group filed suit Thursday against a Florida sheriff and school district, claiming that juvenile suspects are unjustly kept in solitary confinement.
Tags: Solitary Confinement
News Story (Florida)

Suit: Jail keeps teens in solitary for months without care, education

June 21, 2018 | Palm Beach Post
Teenage males charged by the state attorney’s office as adults are put in solitary for months at a time, spending 23 or 24 hours a day alone in the 6-by 12-foot cell dubbed “the box,” receiving no mental health care and little or no education.
Tags: Solitary Confinement
Interview (NATIONAL)

The Kids Are Traumatized: For Migrant Children At the Border, Detention is Just the Beginning

June 21, 2018 | Vanity Fair
Legal offices filled with crayons and toys, P.T.S.D., difficulty enrolling in school—this is what awaits children after their detention hell. “They’re making unaccompanied children,” one lawyer says.
Tags: Asylum | Detention Centers | Family Separation