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The Guardian

Skot Thayer

Alex Hern

20 August 2018

Malaysia

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Blockchain can be used to create digital identities for people who have lost legal documents or been denied citizenship. The technology is helping Rohingya in Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia gain access to bank...

Apolitical

Fergus Peace

9 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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In New York City, a citywide initiative known as Action NYC is connecting immigrants with free legal help and other comprehensive services. While the city provides outreach and coordination, community organizations wi...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

1 August 2018

United States

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Paladin, a software program is helping lawyers find pro-bono cases. Pro-bono cases are inputted into the platform, then teams of lawyers can make an account and sign up to pick up a case. Already companies like Verizo...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

10 July 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A couple created a nonprofit in Philadelphia to make micro grants for those who need small amounts to pay off medical bills or legal fees so they can move on with their lives. The effort garnered modest donations, inc...

The New York Times Magazine

Joel Lovell

2 July 2018

United States

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The ACLU has unrolled a new operation to counter human rights abuses under the current administration. They’ve hired more lawyers, taken 170 “Trump-related legal actions, and filed 83 lawsuits against the Trump admini...

Vox

Eric Johnson

Kara Swisher

25 June 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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A fundraiser called “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child” raised $19 million in one week for the Texas nonprofit RAICES. Creators Charlotte and Dave Willner say almost half a million people have donated via F...

Burlington Free Press

Jess Aloe

Elizabeth Murray

6 June 2018

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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Vermont lawmakers tried to make it easier for domestic violence victims to seek a special type of restraining order even if law enforcement does not have enough evidence to make an arrest. If it's granted the accused ...

Christian Science Monitor

Sara Manisera

23 March 2018

Baghdad, Iraq

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The Shahrazad Center in Baghdad offers workshops and free legal services to women experiencing domestic abuse, violence, threats and gender-based discrimination. Lawyer Rajaa Abd Ali says, “Here we teach women their r...

Yes! Magazine

Kevon Paynter

18 January 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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After California legalized recreational use of marijuana, Los Angeles took the initiative even further to address the social and systemic inequity caused by the war on drugs of communities of color. The city undertook...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Thomas Fox Parry

29 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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While there are many factors that have contributed to the sky high incarceration rates in the United States which have left prisons bursting at the seams, one of the causes remains the simple fact that the resources o...

Yes! Magazine

Amy Roe

27 November 2017

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Across the United States, organizations like Southerners on New ground and the Bronx Freedom Fund are posting bail for individuals facing low-level offenses who cannot afford it on their own. Such initiatives have gai...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

15 November 2017

New York, New York, United States

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Organizations that supply funds to provide bail for people arrested for misdemeanors not only saves money for taxpayers, but reduces the number of guilty pleas, and could possibly save lives. Those who cannot pay for ...

Upworthy

Ally Hirschlag

26 October 2017

Tampa, Florida, United States

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A man convicted to a life sentence for a shooting he took part in at age 13 reached out to the woman he injured from prison and over the years they built a friendship based on forgiveness and trust. She helped him win...

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Dana Difilippo

23 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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For many low-income people who are arrested, coming up with even a small amount of bail money is nearly impossible, leaving them to languish for months before their cases are ever adjudicated. That means lost jobs and...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

27 September 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania has a compassionate release law for inmates who are terminally ill so they don't die in prison, but in practice it has become even more difficult for inmates and their families to take advantage of it. Th...

The Marshall Project

Alysia Santo

22 September 2017

United States

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Public defender systems across the country are underfunded and understaffed. Viewed by progressives as a racial and class inequality problem, the issue is gaining major traction in red states under a different framing...

NBC News

Jon Schuppe

Matt Toder

22 August 2017

New Jersey, United States

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Although the cash bail system has long been used in the US criminal justice system, many argue that it is biased based on socioeconomic levels. To reduce this bias, criminal justice researchers and data scientists hav...

Bloomberg CityLab

Kriston Capps

14 August 2017

New York, New York, United States

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New York City passed the first law in the nation guaranteeing legal representation to any low-income resident facing eviction. Pilot programs in California show that the right to counsel levels the playing field betwe...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

8 August 2017

Bogribail, Karnataka, India

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Legal expertise is often expensive and inaccessible to communities around the world experiencing environmental rights violations and other issues. Similar to the rise of community health workers who are expanding acce...

Jackson Free Press

Arielle Dreher

19 July 2017

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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The idea that someone should not languish in jail because they cannot afford bail is gaining more support around the country, including Mississippi thanks to a lawsuit challenging lengthy detentions of two men. In the...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

22 June 2017

Denver, Colorado, United States

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As immigration policy fluctuates under the current administration and the future of thousands of undocumented migrants remains volatile, uncertain, and complex, many find themselves in a heightened state of stress and...

NPR

Michelle Andrews

6 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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Hospitals in Omaha are creating “medical-legal partnerships” for their patients: teams of doctors, social workers and lawyers that work collaboratively with patients to help them navigate challenges like fighting to g...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

31 May 2017

California, United States

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Victims of trauma are at risk for substance abuse, depression, or other difficulties. Trauma Recovery Centers are becoming increasingly prevalent for their ability to provide a wide range of services.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

David Gambacorta

Samantha Melamed

12 April 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country, but with a $3.5 million McArthur Foundation grant the city has used several initiatives to change that. The efforts appear to be working, with th...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

20 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia enacted a law in 2016 that allows for people convicted of minor crimes to get their records sealed by a court. In this article an employment lawyer who has worked for many years with people who have recor...

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