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Maryam Emory

  • Hosted by Children's Law Center
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school Howard University School of Law
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Health Care, Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Fellowship class year 2021
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Maryam (she/her/hers) provided direct legal services and outreach to bridge the widening health and education disparity gaps facing Black and Latinx children in Washington, D.C., who were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has impacted children and their families significantly through COVID-related trauma, inability to access education, lack of access to mental health services, problems accessing public benefits, and increased housing conditions issues. The pandemic’s lingering effects hinder the health and education outcomes for Black and Latinx children already facing large disparity gaps. These children and their families need direct legal representation and advocacy to enhance language equity for Spanish-speaking families, access special education evaluations and services, and address health harming housing conditions issues.

Maryam’s commitment to health equity and advocacy is rooted in her personal and professional experiences in the U.S. and abroad. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and held law clerk positions in Medical-Legal Partnerships. She was born in Washington, D.C., and believes that her experiences, paired with her passion for health equity, well prepared her for this work.

Fellowship Highlights

In the first year of the Fellowship, Maryam has:

  • Provided advice, brief services, and/or referrals to over 80 D.C. residents in areas relating to housing conditions, guardianship, powers of attorney, special education, bullying, and access to public benefits
  • Successfully advocated for improved IEP and Section 504 Plans for children with medical conditions
  • Begun providing housing conditions advocacy and brief service to client families
  • Assisted client families to secure public benefits and related services through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc. (HSCSN)
  • Engaged in coalition building work through participation in DC Language Access Coalition meetings and a Collaboration for Immigrant Families gathering
  • Co-facilitated a Disability Justice and Systemic Racism Special Education Learning Session focused on the impact of racial and ethnic disparities in evaluation and identification of disabilities
  • Worked with her sponsors to increase the project’s pro bono capacity
  • Developed training materials for use with medical partners to identify families facing barriers to health care and education access due to the pandemic
  • Focused on language access issues that clients face to develop sustainable solutions


2021 Greenberg Traurig Equal Justice Works Law Fellows to Tackle Racial, Economic, and Social Justice Issues

I have seen the devastation the pandemic has had on Black and Latinx communities. As a Black woman committed to health equity, I must do my part in changing the trajectory of this pandemic’s impact on communities to which I am connected.

Maryam Emory /
2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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