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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

This June, DC and the nation recognize ​Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month. Here at the DC Bar Foundation, it is also a time to remember the barriers to justice and legal aid facing the LGBTQ community.

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Grantee Spotlight: Whitman-Walker Health’s Name and Gender Change Clinic

Grantee Spotlight: Whitman-Walker Health’s Name and Gender Change Clinic

Nearly 35 years ago, Whitman-Walker Health received its first grant from DCBF. Over the past three decades, the Foundation has supported Whitman-Walker Health as it has transformed into the most reputable medical and legal services organization for DC’s LGBTQ and low-income community. In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, the DC Bar Foundation recognizes the outstanding work of Whitman-Walker Health.

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Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Calls for Applications

Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Calls for Applications

YLN LC members serve as ambassadors in order to promote DCBF’s mission and programs and to help raise additional resources in support of DC legal aid providers. Join us for Happy Hour on Tuesday, July 27th to learn more.

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Partner Profile: Krisztina Szabo

Partner Profile: Krisztina Szabo

Krisztina Szabo is a staff attorney with Whitman-Walker Health, an unwavering advocate of the LGBTQ community for nearly 40 years. June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and we would like to recognize Krisztina for her tireless work in providing free legal assistance to DC's LGBTQ community.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

On May 16th, the DC Bar Foundation was honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of one of our long-time grantees, Ayuda, at their 44th Anniversary Celebration. We are proud to have partnered with Ayuda continuously since 1978.

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Do More 24 on June 8th

Do More 24 on June 8th

Join us on Thursday, June 8th as we participate in Do More 24, an annual one-day giving campaign powered by United Way of the National Capital Area. Each year, this important initiative brings together nonprofit organizations, corporations, and donors committed to making a lasting impact on our community. Your support will help change the lives of thousands of District residents in desperate need of legal representation.

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DC Employment Justice Center’s Workers’ Rights Efforts Continue under Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs

DC Employment Justice Center’s Workers’ Rights Efforts Continue under Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs

Over the past several months, the DC Bar Foundation has played an integral role in the merger of the DC Employment Justice Center (DC EJC) with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs (WLC). On April 19, 2017, WLC announced the successful merger and the Foundation’s significant award of $325,000 to allow for the “seamless integration” of the two organizations.

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Partner Profile: Alina Kassel

Partner Profile: Alina Kassel

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Alina Kassel, who interned with the Foundation from January - May, 2017.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

In 1938, Langston Terrace in Northeast DC opened its doors as the first public housing in the District, and only the second in the country. Its 274 units cost $6 a month, or about $100 today. At a time of drastic housing shortages, Langston Terrace was a highly-prized opportunity.​ Nearly 80 years since, DC is faced with a rapidly worsening housing crisis.

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Ten Years Later: The Access to Justice Grants Program

Ten Years Later: The Access to Justice Grants Program

This week’s announcement of the 2017 recipients of the Access to Justice (ATJ) Grants Program marks ten years of the program. In 2017, the DC Bar Foundation awarded $4,552,000 to 33 projects. Today, more than 22,000 low-income DC residents receive legal assistance through projects funded by the Initiative, and more than half of these residents live in Wards 7 and 8, the poorest wards of the city.

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Thanks to Call to Action 2017’s Platinum Donors

Thanks to Call to Action 2017’s Platinum Donors

The Foundation would like to acknowledge the organizations that have answered the 2017 Call to Action campaign. The generous support of our law firm and corporate donors continues to strengthen DC’s legal aid network and provide life-changing assistance to the city’s poor and underserved.

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DC Fair Housing Month: A Client’s Story

DC Fair Housing Month: A Client’s Story

Imagine being forced to live on the streets because you cannot secure subsidized housing due to a prior conviction. At nearly 70 years old, Mr. A applied for subsidized housing at three separate properties and was rejected each time.

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Partner Profile: Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas

Partner Profile: Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas, Executive Director of Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc and recipient of the 2017 Scoutt Prize.​

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Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

This Women's History Month, we are remembering the disproportionate number of women in poverty, vulnerable situations, and in desperate need of legal assistance.

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Stories from Our Grantees

Stories from Our Grantees

Read about the work of our grantees and the clients they have helped. This month's story is from Bread for the City and their collaborative Housing Right to Counsel Pilot Project, which received a $91,000 grant from DCBF. This project's goal is to prevent displacement and the loss of affordable housing ​by increasing access to counsel for low-income tenants in subsidized housing facing eviction.

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