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Curated collections of Clearinghouse articles on a timely topic


American military veterans can face challenges with government benefits, medical care, and stable housing. Over the years, the Clearinghouse Review covered these issues and advocacy strategies for handling them. This collection highlights some of those articles about the pressing civil legal needs of veterans.

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A powerful tool in the advocate's toolbox is the ability to harness the power of the media to work on behalf of your client. This collection of articles from the Clearinghouse Review archive explains how to do that and provides concrete examples of how media strategies have paid off for advocates and their low-income clients. Also view this July 2015 recording of the Advocacy Exchange with the staff of Voices for Civil Justice.

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Language Access

Discrimination on the basis of language is national-origin discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and people with limited English proficiency are entitled to have meaningful access to, participate in, and benefit from federally funded programs and services. This collection of articles from the Clearinghouse Review archive explores issues with language access and highlights specific advocacy strategies to enforce language-access rights in federal and state courts, public benefits programs, and law enforcement.

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The historic flooding along the Texas coast reminds us that at various times and in various places, civil legal aid attorneys have assisted clients in dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters -- floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires. These advocates have seen that communities already facing the human-made disasters of poor infrastructure and economic insecurity are often the hardest hit by natural disasters and the least able to bounce back quickly. Several of them have shared their wisdom over the years by writing about their experiences in the Clearinghouse Review. This featured collection highlights some of those articles, many of which focus on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Advocates interested in this topic should check out other disaster-related content on the Clearinghouse: Jamie Rodriguez's advocacy story on her disaster-recovery work after a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri; Davida Finger's advocacy story on FEMA's efforts to recoup disaster assistance overpayments in the wake of Hurricane Katrina; Noah Shaw and Joseph Rich's advocacy story on the Mississippi litigation that made sure disaster-relief funds were spent appropriately; Ranie Thompson's interview about her work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; Jennifer Ching's interview about working in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

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School-to-Prison Pipeline

This featured collection looks back at articles from the Clearinghouse Review archive that discuss the school-to-prison pipeline, i.e., the way school discipline can lead some students—particularly students of color and students with disabilities—into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. These articles explore ways to curb that pipeline and keep students in school and on a path to success.

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Within the first week of President Trump's administration, the plight of refugees grabbed national attention. The Clearinghouse has covered immigration and poverty law issues for decades. This collection from our Clearinghouse Review archive highlights those articles touching on the legal needs of refugees in particular. The articles cover state programs to replace SSI for elderly and disabled refugees, community lawyering in refugee communities, detained immigrant children, domestic violence and refugees, how Legal Services Corporation restrictions affect refugee representation, and refugee eligibility for public benefit programs for people with disabilities.

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Welfare Reform

When the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996—better known as welfare reform—became law 20 years ago this month, it threw legal aid practice into chaos, as attorneys scrambled to understand how it would affect their clients and how best to represent those clients and protect what remained of the social safety net. Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy was there through the whole transition, even dedicating the entire January–February 1997 issue to welfare reform. This collection compiles the welfare reform articles from the Review’s archives and gives an interesting look at how this one law has shaped the lives of many low-income families, even now, 20 years after welfare reform.

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Community Lawyering

The Shriver Center's Community Lawyering training program teaches that community lawyering is a "process through which advocates contribute their legal knowledge and skills to support initiatives that are identified by the community and enhance the community’s power." It is a powerful tool in the advocate's toolbox. This collection highlights some articles on community lawyering from the deep Clearinghouse Review archive.

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Due Process

Our series of Clearinghouse articles on due process and public benefits concluded in March 2016. We've collected the four articles in that series along with three other articles on due process and public benefits from our deep Clearinghouse Review archive. Be sure to watch the recordings of our conversations with some of the authors; those are embedded in the article from Gina Mannix and her coauthors on due process and "modernized" benefits systems and in the article from Sovereign Hager and Ty Jones on due process and notices from state agencies.

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Employment Law

We launched the Clearinghouse Community in 2015 with a series of articles on employment law. This featured collection compiles those articles along with recent Clearinghouse articles on the topic. 

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Racial Justice

Our first featured collection of 2015 recognizes that a focus on antipoverty work alone will not achieve racial justice; likewise, directing our attention to race equity is essential to the fight against poverty. The relationship between antipoverty and racial justice work is explored in depth during the Shriver Center’s six-month-long Racial Justice Training Institute and in its library of more than 80 Clearinghouse Review articles on the topic. This featured collection pulls some of the more recent and compelling racial justice articles from that reserve.

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Fair Housing

This featured collection looks at the wide range of advocacy that falls under the umbrella of "fair housing." Safe and affordable housing is essential for families trying to move out of poverty, and fair housing work removes the discriminatory barriers that often stand in the way. Clearinghouse Review's deep archive contains articles that illustrate the breadth and possibility of fair housing work.

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Criminal Records

Our first featured collection of 2014 examines the powerful effect of criminal records on many low-income Americans' lives. A criminal record erects barriers to various parts of a person's life, from housing to employment to family relationships--and because people of color are more likely to be arrested or incarcerated, they are more likely to suffer the collateral consequences of having a criminal record. Clearinghouse Review's wide and deep archive contains many strategies for helping clients surmount the challenges posed by a criminal record.

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