Candice Dundy

  • Hosted by Legal Counsel for Youth and Children
  • Sponsored by The Gorder Family Foundation, 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 worked to 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 struggling with homelessness need legal advice to understand their options for safety and to access emergency shelter, education, and medical care. Many youths may also need an attorney to help them navigate and access immigration relief, child protective services, and juvenile and family court proceedings. Candice’s project aimed to increase the awareness, accessibility, and cultural competency of civil legal aid to provide effective services for youth of color to remove these barriers to housing stability.

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 Highlights

During her two-year Fellowship, Candice:

  • Became the first person at her host organization to file an Order of Limited Dissemination, and participate in a writ of habeas corpus hearing in a family law court
  • Provided direct representation to 14 youth of color in landlord disputes, protection orders, family law hearings, and other civil legal issues
  • Provided advice and referrals to 100 individuals
  • Conducted outreach presentations for ten partners and service providers about LCYC’s services
  • Co-created eight animated videos on civil legal rights for youth of color experiencing homelessness

Next Steps

Candice will remain with her host organization, LCYC, as a staff attorney. Candice is thrilled to continue working with such an amazing and supportive organization to expand civil legal services to young people.

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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