Posts Tagged Ferguson

Ferguson Puts Children’s Advocacy Front and Center

Ferguson Puts Children’s Advocacy Front and Center

The soul-searching which followed the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, opened up a sorely-needed debate about racial disparities and the legal system. While most media attention has focused on the adult criminal justice system, our child-focused line of work has played an increasingly prominent role, especially in this month’s release of the Ferguson Commission’s call to action. First, as another blogger here pointed out, Ferguson news showed how St. Louis County municipal courts’ pursuit

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Due Process in the Real World: Child Welfare, Ferguson and Right To Counsel

Due Process in the Real World: Child Welfare, Ferguson and Right To Counsel

We need to start talking differently about what lawyers call “due process”. All around us are vivid, compelling examples of how government acts upon individual citizens and their families. Earlier this year, an Atlanta baby asleep in his crib was critically injured and disfigured by a “stun grenade” thrown by police in a no-knock drug raid on a house that had no drugs. Yet, when we legal professionals stand up to defend what we see as constitutional rights, we speak in

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Why Ferguson Matters To All Of Us: Due Process for Impoverished Families

Why Ferguson Matters To All Of Us: Due Process for Impoverished Families

ArchCity Defenders represents the indigent on a pro bono basis in criminal and civil legal matters while working closely with social service providers to connect clients with services. Our primary goal has been to remove the legal barriers preventing our homeless clients from accessing the housing, job training, and treatment they need to get on with their lives. Our work takes place primarily in the municipal courts, which have jurisdiction over infractions for mostly traffic-related offenses. We focus our policy

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Ferguson, Freedom, and Foster Care

Ferguson, Freedom, and Foster Care

Standing in the sleek hotel lobby earlier this week, the cable TV news flashed in the background, as those now-ubiquitous flat screens glowed with shots of flame, smoke, and fury in Ferguson, Missouri. Here we were, all progressive and proud of ourselves, as we were surely solving all the world’s problems at the NACC’s annual child law conference. We were 675 attorneys, judges, and other passionate advocates, the second-biggest conference in our history and a big step up from last

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