Anya Emerson

The Project

Anya provided appellate representation for low-income New Yorkers and their children seeking to appeal from Family Court to – or defending against an appeal in – the New York Appellate Division. Through such selective appeals, we aim to establish valuable legal precedent and a “culture of appeals” to better access legislative protections. After gaining trial-level experience in Family Court, Anya represented domestic violence victims on appeal, help train other trial and appellate attorneys and establish an appellate counsel electronic brief bank.

The Project

Marissa combatted the civil hardships that accompany criminal proceedings in the areas of employment and housing. Additionally, Marissa addressed the unreliability of the criminal record system in Georgia. Continuing to punish those reentering society after criminal justice encounters calls into question principles of fundamental fairness. It can also compromise public safety and contribute to a cycle of crime because those denied opportunities to better their lives often resort to criminal activity.

The Project

Dennis set up two medical-legal community partnerships for low-income and indigent patients in Los Angeles. Along with direct services, Dennis also investigated the effects of the closure of a local hospital and work to bring healthcare resources back into this community.  The partnership improved patient health by addressing issues such as housing conditions, access to public benefits, immigration and special education. The legal team provided a range of services in these areas, ranging from brief advice to full representation. Additionally, Dennis trained providers on how to be better advocates for patients.

The Project

Legal Advocates for Children and Youth’s mission is to give children and teens a voice when they need it most. Jennifer extended that voice to homeless youth in order to empower them and aid them in overcoming adversity. Jennifer conducted legal clinics at homeless shelters and on the streets, provided direct legal representation and collaborated with homeless youth advocates to make effective policy reform.

The Project

Margaret addressed the significant need for education advocacy for children with autism in low-income and minority communities in Chicago. The project employed three main strategies: direct representation to ensure children receive high-quality education services and appropriate school settings; education and advocacy to increase early identification; and training to transform parents into strong educational advocates.

The Project

Even when children are no longer detained and have been reunified with family members in Houston, they still have very limited access to a lawyer and will probably attend their scheduled immigration court hearings without any legal representation. Through a combination of direct legal representation and assistance from pro bono attorneys, I hope to provide legal representation to all unaccompanied immigrant children in the Houston area.

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The Project

Thousands of men, women and children arrive in Florida as victims of trafficking each year. Unfortunately, advocacy throughout Florida for those victims is sparse. Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC) in Miami has developed a technique of collaborating with social service providers, law enforcement and other agencies to provide holistic representation to clients. This project will adapt that model to provide well-rounded services to victims of trafficking throughout all of Florida.

The Inspiration