Before we jump into the new year, we’re taking time to look back at a few of many advancements Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy made this year in the fight for justice for ALL.
After years of waiting in a backlogged system, 20 of Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s immigration clients received their green cards to become legal permanent residents in the U.S. These clients were some of the first cases Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy took from the surge of unaccompanied migrant children seeking asylum and protected immigration status from Central America in 2014 and 2015. Read more
Last spring, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy partnered with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership to host tax relief clinics to ensure homeowners in gentrifying neighborhoods can afford to continue living in the communities they helped create and develop as property values and the taxes on them rise. Read more
In partnership with community groups, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy hosted several community teach-ins in response to rapidly changing immigration policies in 2018. These efforts helped the community understand on how national immigration policies are impacting Mecklenburg County residents, especially the controversial 287(g) program that defined this year’s election for Mecklenburg County Sheriff. Read more
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy was proud to partner with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department in 2018 to break down the barriers to economic mobility and opportunity that come with having a criminal record by helping graduates of its REACH OUT program apply to get their records expunged. Read more
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s systemic work has been critically important in 2018, impacting a wider scope of NC residents beyond the organization’s direct individual legal services. Read more
In November, the Charlotte Immigration Court terminated the deportation case with the support of ICE, following the arrest of a mother and her son at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse in July. The mother and son were appearing in court for a domestic violence case in which they were the victims. allowing Maria and her family to remain in the U.S. as they pursue a U-Visa, which provides protected status to victims of crime. Read more
In September, Charlotte’s legal community joined our Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners Program in launching the Charlotte Triage Pro Bono Project to address unmet civil legal needs in the community, including evictions; criminal record expunctions, which can make it hard to find work; and assistance with health insurance enrollment. Read more
Through its Western NC Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy saved low-income taxpayers almost $400,000 in liabilities reduced or avoided for the 2017 tax year. The tax clinic provides legal representation to taxpayers in disputes with the IRS who are low-income or speak English as a second language to ensure their rights as taxpayers are upheld.
In addition to providing simple estate planning services through its Legal Services for the Elderly program throughout 2018, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy served 55 people during Simple Wills on Wheels events at the Shamrock Senior Center last spring with the help of local volunteer attorneys. Read more