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Our New Crimmigration Program

Crimmigration Supervising Attorney Pamela Yee describes the new program she will be developing.

For those who may not be familiar, what is crimmigration?

It’s a very new area of focus for law. Traditionally, immigration law and criminal law were very separate from one another. Crimmigration focuses on the recent merging of the two fields due to changes in immigration law, migration policy, and political agendas. Changes in the way the government criminalized and policed certain migration policies resulted in a nexus between the two fields that had not previously existed. Nowadays, often one cannot consider making immigration legal analysis without delving into issues of criminal law.

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COS is 4.19: Will you join us?

TOGETHER AS ONE, the theme of Celebration of Service ’17, recognizes the spirit of public service and the extraordinary efforts of our distinguished honorees, colleagues, and community partners in bringing hope and dignity to our city’s poor. It is our most important fundraiser of the year and we need your support! Come raise a toast to togetherness—see old friends, make new friends, and have some fun on April 19th at Google D.C.

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Inspired by the Public Good: Join Us at COS @ Google DC, 4.19.17

Citizens across the nation are coming together in unprecedented numbers to express their unwavering belief for accountability and justice. Attorneys and legal advocates in particular are proving that CHANGE IS POSSIBLE through direct action, pro bono service, or financial support of organizations leading the cause.

On April 19th, we will honor our own agents of change–the remarkable Jack Olender, Hon. Justice Carmen E. Espinosa (GWU ’76), Roach Brown, and Buckley Sandler. Please join us.

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You Are a Source of Hope

Yes, hope for thousands of vulnerable neighbors desperate to be there—proud, independent, and accomplished—for their families and loved ones. But with a legal system that is often stacked against them, they can’t do it alone. 
 
As we stand in the face of potentially drastic barriers to affordable housing, employment, public assistance, and heath care in 2017, we ask you to join us in our mission to help educate our neighbors of their rights and come to their defense when they need it most.

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Report from “Feed the People”

Volunteer service events, even on a modest scale, require a generous spirit—and a serious effort. This month, on Dec. 13th and 20th, we rolled up our sleeves in partnership with two District outreach groups to help Feed the People. Here’s what we learned.

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Find Us in the Catalogue for Philanthropy

In June, we announced our selection to the Catalogue for Philanthropy, a highly respected and locally-focused Guide to Giving that helps creates visibility and philanthropic dollars for charities in Greater Washington. LSIC was one of 375 charities vetted on the basis of need, impact, cost-effectiveness, and transparency of finances.

Our sincere thanks to the Catalogue for highlighting our work and placing us among the very best of local nonprofits committed to “challenging the status quo, tackling critical issues, and offering support, dignity, compassion, and opportunity to those who need it most.”

Look for us on page 47 or online.

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Out and About and on the Air

Catch up on our October-November pro bono and community partnerships, trainings, advocacy, and clinical teaching. Don’t miss our feature in Washington Lawyer and enlightening podcasts with Teresa Hodge and other fascinating folks. Are you making the world a better place? Please send your news and accomplishments to LSIC blog editor Pamela Garlick so that we can post them in this column. We also welcome guest submissions and story ideas.

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Consider What’s at Stake: The LSIC End-of-Year Appeal

One encounter with the criminal justice system can lead to a record that stays with you for life, interfering with your ability to work, find housing, and provide for basic needs. Thousands of men and women in Washington, DC carry this burden—even if they have done nothing wrong or have already paid their dues. Many are eligible to seal their record yet lack the knowledge and resources to do so on their own.

This holiday season, you can fight this injustice. Please Donate an Hour and Give a Second Chance.

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