Sometimes, the best prescription for an asthma diagnosis—or behavioral outbursts at school—is not medicine. It’s an attorney. That’s why we’re excited to move in to our brand-new office at THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus), located in Ward 8.

Washington Post: ‘It feels great to go back’: The District’s students return to school

As the 2019 school year starts, students are excited and nervous—and that includes DC's homeless students. The Washington Post's Perry Stein recently went "back-to-school" with former CLC client Lakia. Following CLC's advocacy, Lakia now has the educational supports she needs to truly learn, but she continues to face (and overcome) the hurdles she encounters as a homeless student. CLC attorney Diana Sisson weighs in on homelessness and its impact on District students. Read more below:

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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