Stephanie Blackburn

The Project

 

The Inspiration

The Inspiration

The Project

Kirsten practiced immigration law and coordinated PLC’s Family Advocates Community Clinic.  During the Fellowship period, Kirsten developed a strong law student volunteer base at PLC. Through her work in immigration, Kirsten assisted victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and serious crimes; unaccompanied minors who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by their parents; and individuals seeking HIV waivers. Kirsten coordinated the Family Advocates Community Clinic, a medical-legal partnership with the St. Joseph Healthcare System.

The Project

Jef’s project focused on finding active cases at the intersection of technology and First Amendment values – in particular free speech rights – and submit amicus briefs on behalf of Public Knowledge. By intervening in litigation on behalf of artists, consumers and citizens, Jef hoped to help protect the ability of everyone to speak freely in the digital age. And, by adding a litigation capability to the organization’s ongoing educational, admin law and grass-roots work (which his project included), he hoped to bring another important voice to the legal side of the fight.

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Ariel worked with the working poor of Jacksonville who are facing unfair debt collection practices. Ariel’s goal is to provide assistance on whatever level necessary, whether that’s just talking someone through the process, representing them in court, or going through their budget. Particularly, Ariel focused on small claims debt collection, garnishment, payday lending, and other predatory lending situation clients may find themselves in.

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Abigail worked with Pro Seniors, a nonprofit organization providing free legal services to Ohio residents age 60 and older. Abigail focused on preventing foreclosures caused by predatory lending and economic pressures.

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Gregory sought to enforce the mental health and immigration rights of detained non-citizens in removal proceedings who have mental and/or developmental disabilities. Additionally, Gregory advocated systemically for enhanced due process protections and mental health care for these clients.

The Project

My project involves outreach, advocacy and direct representation to immigrant victims of crime under the U visa. I work with community-based organizations, law enforcement agencies, and regional and national networks of immigration and domestic violence advocates. I also provide direct representation to those eligible for the U visa.

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My project focuses on providing education advocacy for teens transitioning or aging out of foster care in New York City to ensure their educational and vocational needs are met with appropriate services. It provides direct representation to foster care youth and their families related to education; technical assistance to caseworkers, advocates and attorneys; and extensive community outreach and trainings on education and the law to those involved in the child welfare system.

The Inspiration

The Project

The project seeks to bring greater permanency to the lives of children who are being raised by their grandparents or other relatives by connecting families that provide kinship care with pro bono private attorneys who represent them in custody, guardianship and adoption matters in all five boroughs of New York City. While much of our outreach is directed at senior citizens groups, the project serves caregivers of any age. I also conduct presentations at community-based organizations and am a member of the New York City and State kinship task forces.

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