Candice Dundy

  • Hosted by Legal Counsel for Youth and Children
  • Sponsored by Greg and Val Gorder, The Raikes Foundation
  • Service location Seattle, Washington
  • Law school Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Issue area Housing/Homelessness
  • Fellowship class year 2019
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Candice will reduce the number of youth of color experiencing homelessness by providing holistic legal services with a race equity lens and engaging youth to inform and improve direct and systemic advocacy.

The 2017 King County Youth of Color Needs Assessment reported nearly 8,000 youth experience homelessness in King County annually, with youth of color notably and disproportionately affected. Youth of color are also significantly overrepresented in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Youth exiting these systems are at greater risk of becoming homeless than their peers are. Youth struggling with homelessness need legal advice to understand their options for safety, to access emergency shelter, education, and medical care. Many youth may also need an attorney to help them navigate and access immigration relief, child protective services, and juvenile and family court proceedings.

After volunteering with a local foster care organization and witnessing the multitude of issues that youth face in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, Candice knew she wanted to help improve the systems that heavily affect youths’ life trajectories.

Fellowship Plans

Candice aims to reduce the number of youth of color experiencing homelessness in King County and inform equitable direct legal services and systemic advocacy through a combination of direct services, community partnerships, and youth engagement. Candice will be based out of YouthCare’s University District Youth Center and meet with young people across the community. The scope of legal advocacy may range from consultation to in-court representation, addressing immediate safety concerns and removing barriers to stable housing, employment, and education. Candice will collaborate with youth and community partners to develop materials and presentations, focused on improving youth of color’s ability to identify and access legal aid. Candice will create and disseminate a report, relaying youth identified strengths and opportunities for growth in the equitable delivery of direct legal services and the inclusion of minority youth in systemic advocacy to inform Washington’s statewide plan to improve civil legal aid and race equity.

Coming from a large family myself, I have always been inspired to do work that positively impacted children and their families.

Candice Dundy /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

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