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Congratulating 2018’s Champions for Children Winners

March 12, 2019
The competition was fierce! Partners, associates, staff, clients and even vendors worked side-by-side, fighting for the coveted title: Champion for Children. Now, after a year of fundraising campaigns, delicious baking competitions and more, the results are in. Join us in celebrating Latham & Watkins LLP, Mayer Brown LLP, Fish & Richardson P.C. and Bates White Economic Consulting as our 2018 Champions for Children!

Washington Post: D.C. lost eligibility for federal lead grant after failing to spend $3 million

March 4, 2019
Through her investigative work on the policy team, CLC attorney Anne Cunningham uncovered the shocking fact that DC lost millions in federal grant money offered to the city to remediate lead. She chatted with the Post's Fenit Nirrapil about the scandal and what its impact is for DC families.

Washington City Paper: D.C. Chronically Failed to Spend Federal Funds to Remediate Lead Paint Hazards, HUD Says

February 21, 2019
This front page story by Morgan Baskin for Washington City Paper discusses a critical local story of negligence—one uncovered with the help of Children's Law Center's policy team.

Jonetta Rose Barras: When Will DC Treat Community Violence Like a Public Health Emergency?

February 14, 2019
Jonetta Rose Barras has been focused on childhood trauma in DC and its effect on the city for the past few years. In a new piece for the DCLine, she examines Attorney General Karl Racine's new Cure The Streets program, where civilian "violence interrupters" walk their local blocks in the city and attempt to mediate potentially violent conflicts. Rose compares this approach to more trauma-based approaches, and she spoke with CLC executive director Judith Sandalow about the importance of understanding childhood trauma.

WAMU: More Help Might Be On The Way If You’ve Got Mold In D.C.

February 7, 2019
For years, CLC has focused on achieving safe, fair housing conditions across the district. When CLC Attorney Kathy Zeisel sat down with Martin Austermuhle of WAMU to discuss the issue of mold and its contribution to D.C.'s asthma problem, she highlighted where the disparities lie:  "We’re really interested in it because kids in Wards 7 and 8 go to the hospital at 20 times the rate as kids in Ward 3 for asthma. And we really think that’s tied to some of the housing conditions we see in Ward 7 and 8, especially a lot of water intrusion and mold issues,” she said.

The Barras Report Special: Trauma, A Barrier to Academic Success

January 29, 2019
Last year, journalist Jonetta Rose Barras embarked on a journey to learn more about childhood trauma in DC. As part of her documentary project, she sat down with CLC executive director Judith Sandalow. Judith talked about the kinds of trauma we often see, in addition to how we can make positive change happen here in the District. You can watch the full documentary here.

WAMU: Inside D.C.'s Annual Homelessness Count, The City's Biggest Night for Street Outreach

January 28, 2019
A year ago, CLC and several other organizations including DC Legal Aid, Bread for the City, and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless sent a letter to Councilmember Nadeau addressing concerns with the city's over-reliance on the Rapid Re-Housing program. WAMU cited this letter in their most recent piece about homelessness in DC: 

Washington Post: D.C. Council wants to ensure most vulnerable students get promised help

January 16, 2019
When "at-risk" students—ones in the foster care system, working to overcome poverty and more—aren't receiving the services they need at school, their education suffers. CLC policy director Sharra Greer recently sat down with the Washington Post's Perry Stein to discuss this issue: D.C. Council members are moving to ensure the city’s most vulnerable students get the help they have been promised following disclosures that money for at-risk students was used for routine school system expenses.

HIllRag: A Traumatic Failure: DC Public Schools Neglect Mental Health

January 11, 2019
Our team is passionate about school-based mental health and trauma-informed education. As part of our advocacy in these areas, CLC executive director Judith Sandalow sat down with Jonetta Rose Barras as part of her investigative series: The Impact of Trauma on District Youth. Barras shared about our work, saying: