Create a model for culturally competent legal representation for LGBTQ foster youth in Washington, DC by directly representing youth, engaging in coalition building and outreach, and training stakeholders.
Mackenzie is the right person for the project because:
• As an undergraduate, Mackenzie completed a minor in LGBT & Sexuality Studies and conducted independent research related to families and education.
• In law school, she earned a certificate in family law and interned with organizations focused on advancing the rights of children and families, including Children’s Law Center.
In the first six months, Mackenzie will:
• Participate in the Children’s Law Center six-week new attorney training.
• Develop a substantive understanding of the services, legal protections, and issues affecting LGBTQ youth in foster care.
• Connect with LGBTQ focused organizations and services.
• Develop relationships with relevant contacts in the courts and CFSA.
• Through community partnerships, identify common and pressing issues meriting legal remedies or policy solutions.
• Directly represent and assist others in representing 3-5 LGBTQ youth.