2013 AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Anequa Campbell
Name of Host Organization: Inner City Law Center
City, State: Los Angeles, California
Issue area: Veterans' Rights
Inner City Law Center's Homeless Veterans Project is dedicated to serving homeless and marginalized populations of veterans. Project attorneys developed expertise in working with survivors of sexual trauma and in helping homeless women veterans with their VA benefits claims, discharge upgrades, low level ticket clearing, and expungements. We also engage in preventative work by providing legal service to female veterans at risk of homelessness.
Why Is This Project Important?:
Minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies in college gave me a real understanding of how inequality manifests itself in marginalized communities. I developed a passion to affect positive change by helping our society’s most vulnerable populations exercise their rights and advocate for themselves effectively.
Copiague, NY via St. Mary, Jamaica
Surviving law school:
Take advantage of opportunities to participate in clinics, internships and externships. These opportunities will give you a tangible sense of how law and policy affect people’s lives.
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin; Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie; Outlier by Malcolm Gladwell; This Bridge Called My Back by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldύa and Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
Words to live by:
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” Audre Lorde