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RELEASE: Legal community launches D.C. Represents to expand pro bono legal representation of local residents impacted by the pandemic

March 25, 2021
Washington D.C., 25 March 2021 – A coalition led by the D.C. Access to Justice Commission’s COVID-19 Task Force has launched D.C. Represents to call on the local legal community to expand its pro bono commitment to address COVID-19-related legal needs in the District.

Community Conversations: Educational Advocacy and Challenges During a Pandemic

March 25, 2021
After a year of virtual learning, we discuss what Children's Law Center's education work has looked like during the pandemic and how we are fighting to give students the resources and supports they need to regain lost time. This Community Conversation features Danielle Robinette (Policy Attorney, Children's Law Center) and Jani Tillery (Supervising Attorney, Children's Law Center).   

WAMU: Through the Cracks Podcast

March 18, 2021
The Through The Cracks podcast aims to investigate gaps in our society and the people who fall through them. In this first season, host Jonquilyn Hill asks if Relisha Rudd’s disappearance was, as DC later claimed, unpreventable. In the final episodes of the series, Hill explores the questions: What’s changed since Relisha disappeared in 2014? And has the city done enough to prevent more Relishas?

Washington City Paper: Much of D.C.’s Vaccine Information Is Only in English. Some Change is Coming.

March 18, 2021
As DC Health expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to more District residents and encourages vaccine pre-registration through the city's online portal, community organizations and language access advocates have noted that critical communications and webpages are currently only available in English. This is particularly problematic as the District works to ensure equitable distribution of its vaccination program and DC's non-English-speaking communities have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
Child's drawing of Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrating Black Leaders Who Inspire DC's Kids

February 26, 2021
The first child advocate I saw in action was Marian Wright Edelman, the founder and long-time leader of Children’s Defense Fund. That was more than 30 years ago, during the Reagan administration. I watched and learned as she advocated strategically for children in the federal budget while never compromising her vision and values. Since then, Ms. Edelman has turned her focus to building the power and skills of children, particularly Black children, to raise up their voices and lead.   
Children's Law Center client, Ms. Charday Eury, holds up a sign declaring that client advocacy is important.

Fund for Shared Insight: At Law Center, Surveys, Focus Groups, and Advisory Councils Help Embed Clients in Decision-Making

February 17, 2021
At Children's Law Center, we value incorporating client feedback into decision-making that helps result in even stronger outcomes. That's why we are proud to participate in the Fund for Shared Insight's Listen4Good survey-based program, which helps us gather client feedback and improve our outreach and practices. Fund for Shared Insight captured our excitement about this work in its interview with CLC Director of Evaluation and Learning, Holly Stevens, and our client Charday Eury:
A mother and daughter read at their home in Southeast Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post: The racial disparities over who is returning to D.C. classrooms puts equity spotlight on reopening plan

January 30, 2021
As DC schools prepare to reopen for in-person classes for the first time in nearly one year, Perry Stein of The Washington Post analyzed the distribution of accepted in-person seats and found that seats remain empty in the District's poorest neighborhoods, where families have opted to stay home and continue with virtual learning amidst some concerns about DCPS's reopen plans. CLC Policy Director Sharra E. Greer spoke with Perry to share the safety and other concerns we've heard from DC families with whom we work:
Screenshots of Dr. Christine Grady and Judith Sandalow in conversation.

Community Conversations: Ethics of a Vaccine with Dr. Christine Grady

January 28, 2021
During this Community Conversation, we hear from Dr. Grady, an expert in the field of bioethics, human trials and vaccines, who shared the ethical considerations involved in the research and development, testing and distribution of a vaccine. We also discussed what each of us can do—for ourselves, our families and our communities—to overcome the impact of COVID-19. Featuring: Dr. Christine Grady (Chief, Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center).  

The Washington Post: How D.C. and its teachers, with shifting plans and demands, failed to reopen schools

January 2, 2021
As DCPS and unions representing teachers, principals and other school staff have struggled to develop comprehensive plans to ensure the safe return of District students to classrooms for in-person learning, CLC Executive Director Judith Sandalow spoke with Perry Stein of The Washington Post to share concerns we've heard from DC parents about the lack of public information and input on these back-to-school plans.