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Protest, Police, and Your Rights

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Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
201 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

Monday August 7

201 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

Are you thinking of speaking out against racism on August 12?
Want to know your rights with police on the street? 
Do you have questions about legal protesting? 

Join speakers from the Black Movement Law Project and Legal Aid Justice Center for a presentation and discussion about protest, the police, and your rights. The speakers will also be available for questions afterwards.

Spanish interpretation available
For childcare requests or general questions contact

Partnering to Reduce Minority Suspensions

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Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) and the Legal Aid Justice Center are proud to announce a new partnership designed to reduce the disparities in suspension rates among minority students and students with disabilities attending HCPS middle schools. The partnership is the result of more than nine months of collaboration to further develop and enhance Henrico’s existing efforts.

The agreement provides that:

  • HCPS will partner with an independent consultant to implement effective strategies for reducing the number of suspensions overall and closing the gaps in suspension rates;
  • HCPS will continue giving quarterly presentations to its School Board pertaining to discipline;
  • HCPS will determine whether appropriate prevention and intervention plans have been developed in accordance with School Board policy;
  • The Legal Aid Justice Center and HCPS agree to resolve issues pertaining to disproportionality in discipline through collaborative efforts.


News Coverage:

Henrico Citizen

Richmond Times Dispatch

Holly Acres Suit Filed

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Two years later, almost to the day, our team is still working to resolve this case for the displaced tenants of the Holly Acres mobile home park, which was flooded by Tropical Storm Lee. Our pro bono partners at Pillsbury – in addition to our own attorneys – have been tireless in their dedication to helping the Holly Acres residents.

“The park owner and manager collected rent every month for years without doing anything meaningful to protect the residents or give them adequate warning that their homes were in danger,” said Jeff Gans, a partner at the D.C. firm.

Read more at The Washington Post

Navigator Grant Victory

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The August 15 award of a $1.2M Navigator Grant to a consortium of legal aid providers in Virginia – via the Virginia Poverty Law Center – will make it possible for the Legal Aid Justice Center to fund two staff positions to help Virginians obtain health care. A huge thank you to our own Laurel Henneman for the successful application we submitted and its positive impact on the health of people throughout Virginia.

Read more about Navigators at The New York Times.

Fluvanna Correctional Center Lawsuit

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The latest issue of C-Ville Weekly offers a look into our ongoing lawsuit on behalf of inmates of the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women.

Brenda Castañeda, our attorney on the case said, “In the end, the case is simple. Prisoners are sick or in pain, the state has a legal duty to take care of them while they’re behind bars, and it’s not happening. It’s hard to get more fundamental than that.”

Read more at C-ville weekly.

Funding Restored to Wage Claim Unit

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Legal Aid Justice Center is proud to have worked with Del. David Toscano and other partners statewide in our successful campaign to restore funding to the Department of Labor and Industry’s wage claim investigation unit. We look forward to helping the Commissioner ensure that Virginia’s workers are properly compensated for their efforts. Read more at c-ville weekly.

Passing of James Roche

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We are all saddened at the recent passing of Jim Roche, a staunch advocate for elder care and valued member of the community. Jim’s leadership and support were instrumental in launching the Community Partnership for Improved Long-Term Care. More about Jim’s life and his many contributions to the community can be found in the Daily Progress.

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