Drip. Drip. Drip. CRASH.

The sound you just heard was Deborah Stinson’s ceiling collapsing.

For more than six months, Ms. Stinson and her 9-year-old twins’ only option was to live in an apartment with rats, mice, cockroaches, holes in the walls and extreme water damage—damage so severe that Ms. Stinson’s home was falling apart around her, endangering her family.

When we first met Markia she was four years old.

2016 Annual Report

Transforming the Lives of DC Children

Imagine a child in trouble. Do you picture a student suspended for disruptive behavior? A toddler left alone by his mother? A teenager who has life-threatening asthma attacks in the middle of the night? These are among the troubles children in the District face every day.

In the pages of this annual report, you will read about Darren Pegram, Akhil Medley and Laila Rodriguez, who are among the thousands of children and families Children’s Law Center fought for in 2016. Our work helped transform their lives.


“Looking at this picture of her, I just can’t imagine her smiling like that three years ago. That says a lot.”

Holding two wallet-sized pictures, Children’s Law Center attorney Evan Cass smiles as he reflects on the journey of Natasha*, now 7 and Roderick*, now 3.

As the Director of Evaluation and Learning, Holly designs and implements large-scale program assessments and assists the leadership team in making data-driven practice changes to benefit clients and their families. Prior to joining Children’s Law Center in 2012, Dr.


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