Michelle Parris

  • Hosted by The Bronx Defenders
  • Sponsored by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Pfizer, Inc.
  • Service location Bronx
  • Law school Stanford Law School
  • Issue area Disability Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2010
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program, Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

My project will provide holistic civil representation to people with psychiatric disabilities who have been affected by the criminal justice system. As a result of incarceration, individuals with mental illnesses often find themselves without a place to live, with their public benefits terminated, and with no way to access appropriate treatment. The goal of my project is to further the work of The Bronx Defenders to stop the revolving door of the criminal justice system by addressing the civil legal needs of this vulnerable population.

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