Non-Profit Of The Month
FEBRUARY 2024: LOUISIANA CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S RIGHTS - CELEBRATION FOR CHILDREN'S RIGHTS
LCCR protects the constitutional right to an attorney for more than 90% of New Orleans’ children in the juvenile legal system – 447 children in 2022. Additionally, though our partnership with the East Baton Rouge Office of the Public Defender, we provided social work support to another 174 children last year. We’re so much more than a nonprofit law office though. We meet our kids at a moment of crisis and provide the wraparound services necessary to leave the legal system behind for good. We help our kids enroll in school, secure special education supports, access job training, and address trauma.
The result? More kids staying in their homes, schools, and communities. This means healthier young people, safer neighborhoods, and saved taxpayer dollars. We’re continually inspired by the strength of our kids and how, working with LCCR’s programming, they build brighter futures for themselves.
The Celebration for Children’s Rights affords us the opportunity to celebrate our successes and come together to make Louisiana a better place for all children.
JANUARY 2024: HOME IS HERE NOLA - COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND LEGAL AID PROJECT
More asylum-seekers are detained in LA than in any other state in the nation outside of TX. The 4,000 people held daily in the 9 rural LA jails are isolated from support as well as any type of legal representation needed to make their asylum claims.
Home is Here NOLA is a local nonprofit with a mission to build community-based systems of support with newly arriving immigrants in the Gulf South. Newly arriving immigrants state that the three most critical needs they have in our region include community relationships, housing, and legal aid. Home is Here’s work focuses on building capacity in these areas.
Home is Here and its partners have developed a unique solution as part of a statewide Community Education and Legal Aid Project. After months of community mapping and consultation, they have developed a specialized curriculum for post-release legal orientation that offers basics on how to navigate immigration processes when people are just arriving or just released from detention. This innovative orientation includes information most frequently asked for by new arrivals and includes essential and practical tools that people can immediately use to guide their way if they don’t have an attorney.
This is a critically important and practical step to offering accessible legal aid to one of the most invisible communities in our state who need it most – asylum-seekers.
We hope to translate the curriculum into languages most used by arriving asylum-seekers and train community partners to implement these critical legal aid orientations where they are most needed in Louisiana.