2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Rajan Anthony Sonik

Rajan Anthony Sonik

Name of Host Organization: Massachusetts Law Reform Institute/ LSC of Harvard
City, State: Boston, Massachusetts
Issue area: Health Care/Medical-Legal Partnership, Disability Rights Children/Youth
Sponsors: Mintz Levin P.C.; Biogen Idec

The Project

Over a quarter of low-income children have a chronic illness, and they constitute one of our most underserved populations. For children with SCD, which primarily affects African Americans, these problems are compounded by historical and structural racism, leading to especially heightened exposure to social factors that negatively affect health. My project will address these needs through direct legal assistance in education, housing, and income supports cases; the development of improved practices for collaborative medical, social, and legal services; and policy change initiatives regarding how reasonable accommodations are granted to children with SCD in schools and other contexts.

The Inspiration

Biography

Hometown:

Sacramento, California

Law school:

Words to live by:

"As long as there is poverty in the world I can never be rich, even if I posses a billion dollars. As long as millions of people are inflicted with debilitating diseases and cannot expect to live more than thirty-five years, I can never be totally healthy even if I receive a perfect bill of health from Mayo Clinic. Strangely enough, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be." ~Martin Luther King, Jr., “Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution,” June 2, 1959

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