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Testimony: Roundtable on Return to School

July 22, 2021

Children's Law Center Policy Attorney Danielle Robinette testified before the DC Council's Committee of the Whole to urge the District to ensure DC school reopening plans prioritize the concerns of students who face the greatest challenges to return to in-person learning. These include students in families with vaccine hesitancy, those who fear a return to in-person learning, fmailies who have students with disabilities, and families whose caregivers have health conditions that make them highly susceptible to the ravages of COVID-19.

Budget Testimony: Budget Oversight Hearing

June 25, 2021

Children's Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow testified before the DC Council's Committee of the Whole Budget Oversight Hearing to urge the Council to ensure it does not leave unfunded or underfunded several important pieces of legislation that have an enormous impact on children's health and wellbeing.

Budget Testimony: Office of the City Administrator

June 22, 2021

Children's Law Center Policy Director Sharra E. Greer testified about the importance of fully funding the Office of the Ombudsperson for Children before the DC Council's Committee on Housing and Executive Administration at the Office of the City Administrator Budget Hearing.

Budget Testimony: OAH

June 14, 2021

Children's Law Center Senior Policy Attorney Elizabeth Oquendo provided testimony to the DC Council's Committee on Government Operations and Facilities about the need to ensure the Office of Administrative Hearings' budget includes the $329k needed to cover the agency's role in hearing appeals related to the Residential Housing Environmental Safety Amendment Act. This funding is critical to addressing the inequitable and serious health hazards caused by indoor mold contamination.

Budget Testimony: DHS

June 14, 2021

Children's Law Center Senior Policy Attorney Elizabeth Oquendo testified before the DC Council's Committee on Human Services about the Department of Human Services, asking the Committee to invest in programs and services that ensure DC families can stay stably housed as the pandemic ends.

Budget Testimony: DOEE

June 14, 2021

Children's Law Center Senior Policy Attorney Elizabeth Oquendo testified before the DC Council's Committee on Transportation and the Environment about the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), noting the progress the agency has made fighting mold and lead-based paint hazards and asking the Committee to ensure DOEE has the investments it needs to help keep DC children safe and healthy in their homes.

Budget Testimony: DC Health

June 11, 2021

Children's Law Center Policy Director Sharra E. Greer testified before the DC Council's Committee on Health about the Department of Health, sharing the need to continue to expand HealthySteps in DC, home visiting, and Resilient Communities District of Columbia.

Budget Testimony: CFSA

June 10, 2021

Children's Law Center Policy Director Sharra E. Greer and Senior Policy Attorney Tami Weerasingha-Cote testified about DC's Child & Family Services Agency (CFSA) before the DC Council's Committee on Human Services.

Budget Testimony: MPD

June 10, 2021

Children's Law Center Policy Attorney Danielle Robinette testified before the DC Council's Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety about the need to reimagine school security by divesting local dollars from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) School Safety Division and investing those funds into programs that create and reinforce safety in our schools.

Budget Testimony: DCRA

June 10, 2021

Children's Law Center Senior Policy Attorney Elizabeth Oquendo testified before the DC Council's Committee of the Whole, urging the Committee to redirect any funding increases to DCRA's budget toward instead funding a new Department of Buildings. Time after time our clients have suffered the health-harming effects of living in terrible housing conditions -- without any significant help from DCRA. That's why we thank the Council for passng the Department of Buildings Establishment Act of 2019 and taking bold action to override the Mayor's veto of the bill.