Roxanne Hoegger

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Rachael Knight is the legal director of the Family Advocacy Program, a medical-legal partnership of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Through multi-disciplinary collaboration between medical professionals and patient families, the Family Advocacy Program addresses health disparities for low-income children by using legal advocacy to remove non-medical barriers to children’s health, educating medical providers about patient families’ legal rights and developing a legal services model in which attorneys and physicians work together to advocate for systemic change.

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Domestic violence survivors often must contend with fragmented services, making it difficult to access the critical help they need to escape violence and poverty. Linnea specifically partnered with the Alameda County Family Justice Center (FJC), an innovative one-stop center where survivors can access services such as criminal justice, medical care, and counseling. This project brought integrated legal services to the FJC, helping survivors become independent through assistance with family law, public benefits and housing matters.

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Jennifer sought to address the pressing needs of non-citizens detained by U.S. immigration authorities in Southern California who, because of psychiatric and developmental disabilities, regularly endure abuse and neglect in detention while also being denied due process in their removal proceedings. Through direct representation, impact litigation, and pro bono recruitment efforts, Jennifer worked to enforce and expand the fundamental rights of non-citizens with disabilities.

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Lack of special education and mental health services, as well as inappropriate responses to school discipline issues, have resulted in a huge number of students missing school in Bridgeport, CT. I intend to provide individual advocacy, systemic advocacy, and community training in order to address this need.

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Eliana’s project focused on protecting parental rights and reducing the trauma for children whose parents were, without warning, taken away by immigration, detained and possibly deported. She served immigrant families in rural poor communities in the greater Sacramento region by helping parents understand their rights and legal options; helping them develop plans for the care of their children in the event they are separated; and drafting legal documents, (e.g. guardianship) for those parents who choose to leave their children in the U.S.

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Through my fellowship with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, I seek to improve the quality of education for immigrant children in public schools and to remove barriers to their equal access to public education. My approach involves ensuring that schools afford children their rights under state and local law as well as applicable federal statutes. Ultimately, I aim to address systemic problems through impact litigation and to develop my work into a model of advocacy for ACLU state affiliates and other organizations.

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