2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Kathleen Malia Glynn
Kathleen Malia Glynn
In 2009, Colorado Governor Ritter created the "Citizenship Pathways Taskforce" -- a working group of representatives from state and county child welfare offices and from nonprofit organizations -- and charged the Taskforce with researching and recommending changes to the way Colorado serves its undocumented children from the child welfare system. My Equal Justice Works Fellowship is the culmination of this Taskforce's 15-month effort. I will be implementing the recommendations of the Taskforce, all of which focus on improving access to social services and immigration status options for open child welfare cases of undocumented children and their families in Colorado. This is a truly exciting time to be working with partners from Colorado and its county departments of social services. There is currently unparalleled energy and momentum to address the unique needs of Colorado's undocumented children that are involved in the child welfare system; Equal Justice Works and The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, along with RMIAN, have provided the structure through which this energy can be harnessed and the Taskforce's recommendations be implemented.