Rachelle Amber Sanchez

  • Hosted by OneJustice
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (One Justice)
  • Service location Los Angeles, California
  • Issue area Veterans' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

Rachelle will expand the work of LAFLA’s Veterans Justice Center by providing direct legal services to Veterans to remove barriers to employment. Rachelle will advocate for Veterans in such areas as criminal record expungement and felony reductions, drivers’ license reinstatement, citation defense, and employment matters; performing community outreach and staffing clinics; and identifying and managing cases for pro bono placement.

Los Angeles County is home to more homeless and very-low-income Veterans than any other state in the country. Many service members leaving the military are not prepared for the transition. According to a recent study, Los Angeles County Veterans face multiple and complex challenges to self-sufficiency. Nearly 80% of veterans did not have employment when they left the military.

Fellowship Highlights

During Rachelle’s Fellowship, Rachelle:

  • Advocated on behalf of veterans for felony reductions and criminal record expungements.
  • Assisted veterans with quality of life citation defense cases.
  • Advised and counseled veterans with employment matters.
  • Performed community outreach and participate in various LAFLA clinics for low-income veterans, conducting intake interviews, providing counsel and advice, and strategizing legal remedies for veteran clients.
  • Collaborated with local agencies to provide legal services at regional veteran Stand Down events.

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