Collateral Consequences

Contact with the police or criminal legal system can threaten the economic stability for individuals as well as entire families.

Contact with the police or criminal legal system can threaten the economic stability for individuals as well as entire families, through court costs, bail fees, putting money on the ‘books’ of the incarcerated, particularly if they are already low-income. Reforming the criminal legal system is fundamental to achieving housing, economic, and health justice, and is inextricably tied to racial justice in America.

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Over 70 advocates from across the country gathered to discuss advocacy strategies to end driver’s license suspensions for unpaid fines and fees.

Attorneys and Specialists

Patrice James
Patrice James
Patrice James
Director of Community Justice

312.368.2001

Tanya Gassenheimer
Tanya Gassenheimer
Tanya Gassenheimer
Staff Attorney

312.854.3384

Verónica Cortez
Verónica Cortez
Verónica Cortez
Staff Attorney

312.854.3374

Kate Walz
Kate Walz
Kate Walz
Vice President of Advocacy, Senior Director of Litigation, & Director of Housing Justice

312.368.2679

Emily Coffey
Emily Coffey
Emily Coffey
Staff Attorney, Housing Justice, Goldberg Kohn Foundation/Fred Cohen Fellow

312.724.8411

Tex Pasley
Tex Pasley
Tex Pasley
University of Virginia Powell Fellow in Legal Services

312.549.9877

Henry Shah
Henry Shah
Henry Shah
Advocacy Program Associate

312.368.1033

Marie Claire Tran-Leung
Marie Claire Tran-Leung
Marie Claire Tran-Leung
Senior Attorney

312.754.9450

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