Protect low-income student borrowers from predatory and abusive debt collection practices and effect systemic reform of the debt collection industry through innovative modes of advocacy.
Joanna is the right person for the project because she:
• Has experience providing direct legal services, advocating at administrative hearings, and engaging in policy advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals.
• Believes that economic opportunity is a key to social justice and is deeply committed to helping ensure that students have the opportunity to craft their own futures.
In the first six months, Joanna will:
• Reach out to and engage in discussions with students, schools, consumer organizations, and other key stakeholders to build an advocacy coalition.
• Create and distribute digital “know your rights” materials and develop content for online self-advocacy trainings.
• Establish partnerships with schools and public libraries for the traveling debt collection legal clinic.
• Draft training and best practices manuals for the traveling debt collection legal clinic and the virtual debt collection legal clinic.
• Establish a data tracking system for the legal clinics to capture client demographics, areas of high need, patterns of abuse, and to measure overall clinic effectiveness.