Name of Host Organization: Public Counsel Law Center
City, State: Los Angeles, California
Sponsors: Latham & Watkins LLP
Annie provided holistic legal representation to criminal justice-involved veterans in the Los Angeles area to ensure their successful reintegration into civilian society. She then relayed her experience with the neurobiological effects of trauma to help bring a first-of-its-kind class-action lawsuit seeking trauma-sensitive practices in the Compton Unified School District.
Need Addressed By Project
California currently has the largest veteran population in the United States. Veterans’ lives are disproportionately characterized by homelessness, unemployment, addiction, depression, and family conflict. More than 8,000 veterans are homeless in Los Angeles every night and more than 600,000 are currently justice-involved in the United States. Judges across California have begun to institute Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs): specialized dockets that provide alternatives to incarceration for veterans suffering from trauma, substance abuse, or mental health problems resulting from their service. Despite the efforts of these courts, vital legal needs remain unmet and many veterans suffering from trauma have been unable to access these services.