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Critical Protections Passed Protecting Workers

Download PDF here   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Critical Protections Passed Protecting Workers Against COVID-19 Emergency temporary standards mandate common-sense protections for Virginians in the workplace   Richmond, VA— Today, the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board acted to protect the Commonwealth’s workers by adopting emergency temporary…

Suspended Driver's License? What you need to know

As of July 1st, the law allowing the suspension of a person’s driver’s license in Virginia due to unpaid court debt has permanently ended.  Watch a short video produced by LAJC and Nolef Turns on what you need to do to have your license reinstated and read and download our…

A Long Road to a Big Win

Ending Virginia’s Driver’s License Suspension Trap Six years ago, a Charlottesville jail superintendent brought a serious problem to the local reentry council: the jail was full of people locked up just for driving on a suspended license. What’s worse, they lost their licenses due to criminal/traffic court debt they just…

From Eviction Crisis to Eviction Catastrophe

Download PDF here Eviction Crisis to Catastrophe   New Data Predicts an Avalanche of Evictions in Virginia  A report from the Legal Aid Justice Center examines new Census data that show low-income communities and communities of color are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain stable housing   Richmond, VA— The…

Statement On the Proposed Re-opening of Virginia

  Legal Aid Justice Center Statement On the Proposed Re-opening of Virginia     (click here to take action) Governor Northam’s jaw-dropping announcement on Monday, reiterated today, that Virginia could be partially re-opening for business as early as May 15 is reckless and cruel. A partial reopening on May 15…

I was not sentenced to death.

        Listen to, and read, a statement from Cynthia Scott who is currently incarcerated at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women in Troy, Virginia. Ms. Scott, one of the five plaintiffs in our lawsuit addressing the insufficient medical care in the facility in 2012, is now living…

A Transformative Session - Advocating for Change

In the midst of a crisis, it can be hard to talk about anything else, but we wanted to take a minute and share with you some truly transformational outcomes from our advocacy efforts at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly session that ended on March 12. Your support helped make…

Statement on Coronavirus Pandemic

       All Legal Aid Justice Center offices are currently closed to walk-in visitors. If you need assistance please contact us via phone or email. Click here for contact information.      STATEMENT FROM THE LEGAL AID JUSTICE CENTER ON PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC    In light of current…

Info & Legal Help - RRHA Eviction Freeze

Info & Legal Rights: RRHA REPAYMENT AGREEMENT Option During Eviction Freeze until May 1 (download PDF version here)      Eviction Freeze   The eviction freeze ends May 1, 2020 When the freeze ends, any outstanding balances owed are subject to legal proceedings by RRHA. There is no freeze on…

Crossover Update - Advocating for Change

  We are halfway through the 2020 Virginia legislative session, and the bills that have passed through both the House and Senate have now “crossed over” to be considered in the opposite chamber. LAJC is happy to report that a majority of the legislation that we have supported is still…

Advocating for change – LAJC's legislative priorities

The 2020 Virginia legislative session is under way and LAJC has put forth an ambitious set of priorities to advocate for this year. With the legislature looking to take on some long-standing issues that affect our communities, we are optimistic that meaningful policy change is possible and are working with our elected…

Fund Our Schools Statement on Governor's Budget

Statement on Governor Northam’s Proposed Budget Governor Northam’s K-12 budget is being announced as a major $1.3 billion investment in our public schools. The proposed budget would direct state resources to needed staffing and services in Virginia public schools, yet it falls short of what it will take to fairly…

Getting Workers What They're Owed

Note: Shortly after this report was published, DOLI acknowledged that the wage-claim data it had originally provided to LAJC was incomplete: DOLI did not disclose to LAJC any information about cases where the agency had ordered an employer to pay a fine or back wages but then failed to collect…

Rally to Protect DREAMers!

Rally to Protect DREAMers!* On November 12th the Supreme Court will hear arguments that will determine the fate of our DACAmented immigrant community. Let’s make sure they hear from us! Join Legal Aid Justice Center, VACOLAO, and VACIR at 9am at 3rd and East Capitol Streets NE, and march to…

Report on Disorderly Conduct Charges in Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: October 23, 2019 Contact: Jeff Jones Director of Communications  Legal Aid Justice Center jeff@justice4all.org (804)869-1040 NEW REPORT REVEALS HOW VIRGINIA’S DISORDERLY CONDUCT STATUTE IS DISPROPORTIONATELY APPLIED TO BLACK STUDENTS In the last three years, Black students made up approximately 22% of the school population in Virginia…

New Immigration Clinic at GMU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: August 27, 2019 Media Contacts: Kathleen Corcoran kcorcoran6@gmu.edu (703)993-8332 Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg simon@justice4all.org (703) 778-3450 The Legal Aid Justice Center and George Masin University’s Antonin Scalia Law School Announce New Immigration Clinic Arlington, VA — The Legal Aid Justice Center (LACJ) today announced a new immigration litigation clinic at…

Garcia-Diaz v. Libre by Nexus Complaint

Read the complaint here: Garcia-Diaz v. Libre by Nexus Complaint

Va AG Declines to Appeal Habitual Drunkard Decision

For Immediate Release LAJC Commends Attorney General Herring’s Decision  Charlottesville, Virginia (August 2, 2019) – The Legal Aid Justice Center commends Attorney General Herring for his decision today accepting the Fourth Circuit’s ruling regarding invalidating Virginia’s “habitual drunkard” regime.   “We look forward to working with Virginia to implement constructive programs to address homelessness…

Coalition Advances Regulatory Ban on Prone Restraints in Va. Schools

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Rachael Deane Legal Director, JustChildren Program, Legal Aid Justice Center 804-873-0783 | rachael@justice4all.org LAJC Applauds Virginia Board of Education Ban on Prone Restraints in Schools Richmond, Virginia (July 26, 2019) – The Legal Aid Justice Center applauds the Virginia Board of Education’s vote to ban…

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