Central Virginia is in the midst of a housing crisis. Public housing is being demolished and disappearing while the eviction rates in major cities, (Richmond, Petersburg) lead the nation. The project seeks to address the legal need of the residents by offering legal representation and education. It also seeks to work with legislatures to change and enact laws to help alleviate the meteoric eviction rates.
Daryl plans to address these issues by representing residents in housing matters before the Court, as well as engaging in a wide variety of outreach and education activities including conducting “Tenant’s Assertion” seminars for tenants in public, assisted, and tax credit housing developments in the Greater Richmond area; engaging tenants in Tenant Town Halls for a more intensive look into tenant problems and desired solutions; and door-knocking in high eviction communities to get an understanding of the major concerns of residents.
My main goal of my Fellowship has been to become a community lawyer. I want to be someone who hears what the residents are saying and brings those concerns to the table.
Daryl F. Hayott, Esq. /
2019 Equal Justice Works Fellow
Charity Ramsey represented unaccompanied minors in immigration court, assisting them in seeking protection from removal, while developing a relationship with the court and working to increase KIND Seattle’s pro bono capacity. Children appearing alone in immigration court have a right to counsel, but no right to appointed counsel. They have to navigate a complex system while facing barriers due to age, language, and past trauma. Children with attorneys are five times more likely to be granted protection from removal.
During her Fellowship, Charity:
- Worked on applications for relief from removal for cases through Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and other forms of relief.
- Identified and accepted eligible children for representation.
- Recruited pro bono attorneys and assisted families in finding family law attorneys to assist with Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases.
- Worked with the Washington State Attorney General’s Task Force to identify ways to raise awareness regarding unaccompanied immigrant children and to provide training and volunteer opportunities for pro bono attorneys state wide.