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.
Advocates for Justice and Education
Years on the Job
Almost 13 years
Little Known Fact About Your Organization
Our first office was located in Allen Chapel AME Church on Alabama Ave., SE
Where did you grow up?
What brought you to DC?
What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn?
Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment. I learned word processing.
Prayer with my children
Favorite Vacation Spot
Chocolate chip cookies and milk
One Item from your Bucket List
Travel to South Africa
Reading fiction and writing poetry
Your News Source
Newspapers, radio and t.v.
One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is…
Most rewarding element of your work
Empowering others to self advocate
If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be a…
Legal aid is important to me because . . .
It provides access to basic necessities
My dream for the legal system is…
Equitable access to fair & just resolutions
The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…
Economic stability & habitable housing
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