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The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

19 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A law in Philadelphia allows people with certain misdemeanor convictions to ask a court to seal their records. This means job seekers could honestly tell prospective employers they have no criminal record and schools ...

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Aaron Moselle

12 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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An expungement clinic in Philadelphia allows some with criminal charges in their past to start the process of having those sealed from public view by a judge. The workshops follow the passage of Act 5, a new state law...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

11 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Pennsylvania, people with certain types of misdemeanors can ask the courts to seal their records from public view. When this law was passed, a team of 175 lawyers, paralegals, and law students volunteered to help e...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Stephen St.Vincent

12 October 2016

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

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Low-income people often miss out on court dates because they cannot afford to miss work or leave their children. Michigan and Ohio courts have incorporated the Matterhorn “online adjudication system” to handle simple ...

The Seattle Times

John Higgins

9 July 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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When Washington state introduced higher standards for child care, many feared that home-based centers, including those run by women from Somalia, would close. But a group spearheaded by nonprofit Voices of Tomorrow ar...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

1 June 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Software and apps are helping millions of Americans trying to solve civil problems on their own.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

24 May 2016

United States

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Across the country, new criminal justice campaigns are seeking to redefine how criminal records are both accessed and interpreted. Given that current crime histories fail to denote context and stories of culmination, ...

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Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

13 March 2016

Kampala, Uganda

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Barefoot Law was founded to keep Ugandans educated about their legal rights. The group of lawyers provides legal help to 300,000 people each month, heavily supported by volunteers. As a non-profit social enterprise, t...

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Rakesh Kalshian

9 February 2016

Uttara Kannada, India

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Economic development of poor communities in India is aggravated by the lack of legal knowledge. A US-based NGO Namati helps locals defend their rights by educating them about the laws.

Christian Science Monitor

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

21 December 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Domestic abuse of the staff in the households of the 1% is often overlooked or ignored. But foreign missions in the US that abuse their domestic staff are finally being held accountable.

Christian Science Monitor

Whitney Eulich

14 December 2015

Guanajuato, Mexico

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The rights of migrant workers, especially related to legal issues, are often ignored. Lawyers are helping Mexican workers sue abusive employers in US courts.

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Bob Oakes

Shannon Dooling

11 November 2015

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Radio

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Boston-based Veterans Legal Services (VLS) is the only organization of its kind in the state. The nonprofit helps veterans access benefits and navigate civil court proceedings. Its clients are specifically low-income ...

Christian Science Monitor

Stephanie Hanes

26 October 2015

Syracuse, New York, United States

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Part 1 of a series on solutions to freeing victims of labor trafficking around the globe. Labor trafficking is a deeply entrenched problem, woven into global economies where the victims are often hidden in plain sight...

Pacific Standard

Maura Ewing

3 September 2015

New York, New York, United States

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When paying bail isn't a realistic ask of a defendant, many times the person will plead guilty to avoid jail time even if it means having a record. To solve the problem of the poor being unfairly punished by small cri...

PBS NewsHour

Jackie Judd

2 September 2015

Omaha, Nebraska, United States

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Many U.S. medical systems are using medical-legal partnerships to help disadvantaged patients who need help navigating problems with landlords and insurers that interfere with their health.

The Hechinger Report

Meredith Kolodner

14 August 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Forty percent of low-income students accepted to college never start school because of a fear of debt and feelings they don't belong. A New York college access organization is using peer-mentoring to help perspective ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

29 May 2015

San Jose, California, United States

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Millions of families of arrested individuals do not know what to do to help, how to obtain a lawyer, or what the process entails in the court system. Created by Albert Cobarrubius Justice Project, participatory defens...

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

27 April 2015

Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

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Thirty-five percent of Americans will never own their home and risk a rent increase or eviction. Owned Communities USA enables working-class families to become home owners through manufactured homes, loans, and legal ...

Cosmopolitan

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

25 February 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A Department of Justice study reported that about 75 percent of those released in 2005 were rearrested, and women prisoners often have a harder time re-entering society after release. A New Way of Life (ANWOL) is a Lo...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

17 July 2014

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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Being poor can make you sick because of where you work, live and eat. Medical-legal partnerships, in hospitals U.S. cities, are attacking these social determinants through legal aid to the poor, often class-action law...

Anchorage Daily News

Kyle Hopkins

12 June 2014

Barrow, Alaska, United States

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People affected by fetal alcohol syndrome disorder are more likely to be convicted. In Alaska, one court provides convicts with FASD counselors and patience, making the court system more equitable and hoping to reduce...

The New York Times

Julie Turkewitz

22 January 2014

New York, New York, United States

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What happens when people can’t afford to pay bail? They plead guilty. That’s what happened in the Bronx Court System, which has “one of the most backlogged big-city courts in the nation.” One nonprofit, Bronx Defender...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

10 December 2010

Ohio, United States

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In part, miscommunication between bankers, brokers and homeowners created the 2008 economic crisis. Protection laws mandating better labeling and trusted third-party intermediaries could improve communication and help...

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