Andrea Jolliffe

The Inspiration

The Project

The Immigrant Children Advocacy Project (ICAP) of Catholic Charities, Inc. fills a desperate need for vulnerable immigrant children located in NC, SC, GA, AL, LA and MS. Many suffer abuse, abandonment and neglect aggravating an already uncertain legal status in the United States. ICAP provides a comprehensive program of direct representation in State Juvenile Court and Federal Immigration Court, community education and advocacy, pro bono recruitment and training, and long-term self-sustaining program development.

The Inspiration

The Inspiration

The Inspiration

The Project

Jessica focused on the rights of Georgia’s low-income nursing home residents with disabilities to live in the community under the Americans with Disabilities Act by advocating for changes in Georgia’s transition program. Although transition funding and services are available, few have benefited. Jessica conducted workshops for potential applicants and advocated for those denied services or whose transitions stall. Jessica also build a pro bono project to train attorneys to appeal denials.

I have faith that law can be a tool to dismantle the institutional marginalization of persons with disabilities.

Jessica Duncan Felfoldi

The Project

Kelsey provided comprehensive legal services to enable disadvantaged New York City communities to develop urban agriculture as a source of affordable fresh food and a means for economic development.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project

Low-income New Yorkers, especially those in communities of color, face serious health and environmental problems. Three million New Yorkers lack access to affordable and nutritious food, prompting residents to purchase unhealthy alternatives, which compounds obesity and malnutrition. Urban farms help alleviate these problems by generating fresh, healthy food right where it is most needed. Groups throughout New York’s low-income communities express an urgent need to start developing such ventures as soon as possible. They are stymied by lack of affordable, sophisticated legal assistance. They need lawyers to obtain essential rooftop and land leases and permits; to negotiate financing; to navigate complex, multi-agency regulatory environments; and to structure legal entities appropriate for urban food production and cooperative distribution networks.

Fellowship Highlights

During her Fellowship, Kelsey has:
• Counseled 24 nonprofit organizational clients that are addressing hunger and food access through urban agriculture, emergency food services, and food justice advocacy
• Provided brief legal advice and information to approximately 150 organizations, attorneys, and other individuals on issues of nonprofit law
• Recruited and co-counseled matters with 61 volunteer attorneys on projects such as incorporation, tax exemption, nonprofit governance, volunteer policies, leases, employee handbooks, employment contracts, and intellectual property
• Presented 16 workshops on how to become a nonprofit, seven of which were specifically focused on urban farms and gardens

Where are they now?

Now that the Fellowship is complete, Kelsey continues working in community economic development and provides legal services to low-income communities in New York City as Project Director at Volunteers of Legal Services.

The Project

Amy will create an “attorney of the day” program in the courthouse to provide legal assistance and outreach to low-income people in Greater Atlanta facing eviction and homelessness, and partner with community groups to educate and empower tenants about their legal rights.

Every week in court, landlord-tenant cases number in the hundreds and the vast majority of tenants face eviction without legal assistance in the Atlanta metro area. In recent years, the rapid pace of gentrification and the foreclosure crisis has jeopardized fair access to affordable housing, displacing low-income communities of color. For the most vulnerable in the community, attaining housing security is an important step toward ending the cycle of poverty and finding stability to move forward.