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Crystal Redd

  • Hosted by Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  • Sponsored by Georgia Bar Foundation
  • Service location Atlanta, Georgia
  • Issue area Housing/Homelessness
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program Georgia Housing Corps

The Project

My work spans all of AVLF’s housing programs in the Safe and Stable Homes Project. I assist with the Standing With Our Neighbors (SWON) Initiative, a community-based legal clinic that increases housing stability in high poverty neighborhoods via school-centered partnerships. I also assist with the Saturday Lawyer Program and the Eviction Defense Program. I directly represent clients in eviction defense cases and affirmative landlord-tenant cases while also providing outreach and presentations to community groups to increase self-advocacy efforts.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project

Providing legal representation to clients in Fulton and Clayton Counties; working with AVLF’s colleagues and community partners to prevent neighborhood displacement (including school enrollment turnover and absenteeism rates), and ensuring safe and healthy living conditions; educating clients, families, and community members about their right to safe and affordable housing.

The Right Person For This Project

I have dedicated my entire career to serving economically-, racially-, and politically-marginalized communities. I have the legal background as a civil rights litigator, and the background as an educator to understand the unique intersection of education and legal services that is at the heart of the Standing With Our Neighbors Initiative. I understand the role that lawyers can play in advancing the rights of marginalized individuals, while also recognizing that, when they are educated about their rights, and encouraged to use their own agency, families and communities can pursue self advocacy efforts to make a difference in their lives. Lastly, I have lived in Atlanta for nearly 19 years and I want to be a part of transforming the way that the metro Atlanta area addresses the pressing needs of its most vulnerable citizens.

Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship

I will spend the first six months learning about the range of services provided by AVLF’s Safe and Stable Homes Project. I will work with my Standing With Our Neighbors colleagues and visit the community-based sites and neighborhoods; attend the Saturday Lawyers Program; represent individual clients in their landlord-tenant cases; connect with AVLF partner law firms; and brainstorm legal strategies to pursue larger impact cases.

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