In January 2014, Consumer Reports recognized us with its Excellence in Consumer Advocacy
Award at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The award is given once every several years to a single small nonprofit
Continuing the good work, in the
last year we:
1. Helped promote Kentucky’s successful
implementation of health reform with an innovative "Boots on the
Ground" outreach campaign through Kentucky’s legal services offices that:
2. Helped victims of human trafficking
through innovative teamwork between our Employment Law and Immigration
Attorneys, including help to file applications for T visas and to recover
wrongly unpaid wages.
3. Helped over 100 “Dreamer” youth qualify
for temporary protection from deportation—and for authorization to work—through
our immigration law project at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic.
We also earned our Consumer Reports
award all over again: In our watchdog
role in the General Assembly, in 2015 we successfully raised concerns about a bill that
would have allowed “non-judicial” mortgage foreclosure. The bill was withdrawn.
In the coming year, we plan to:
1. Help at least 500 people and their
families navigate the complex process of legal immigration, including the
wonderful step of becoming U.S. citizens, through Maxwell Street Legal
2. Work with the Kentucky Coalition for
Responsible Lending and faith-based partners to win new protections from the
"debt trap" of payday loans.
3. Continue our innovative outreach and
advocacy to make health reform work for working families and vulnerable
Kentuckians in a changing health care landscape.
the first successful test case of the new "wage theft" protection in
Kentucky’s 2013 human trafficking law—a provision we helped to write—to recover
wages for victims of labor trafficking.
Kentucky Equal Justice Center has grown. Now we are focused on
sustaining our efforts.
Website upgrade: The KEJC website is a
homespun wikispace. It works well for meeting announcements and materials but
lacks modern design features. Cost of a redesign: $5,000 to $13,000.
Language line: KEJC and Maxwell Street serve new Kentuckians from
all over the world. Our staff is bilingual in Spanish. We use telephone
interpretation for other languages, from Nepali to French to Swahili. The
monthly "language line" bill: about $150.
Phone system upgrade: Maxwell Street Legal Clinic receives 400 to
500 calls per month. Soon, we hope to upgrade our phone system
to better handle this "211 for immigrants" function.
Cost: $1,500 to $3,000.
Our supportive board, energetic staff and dedicated volunteers are ready for the challenges.
Senior Staff Attorney Anne Marie Regan is an experienced litigator. She worked as a staff attorney for the Louisville Legal Aid Society for twenty years and as staff attorney to a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge for a year before joining KEJC in 2002. She has handled a variety of complex cases, including a successful federal class action that challenged Kentucky Medicaid long term care cutoffs. A recognized expert in consumer law, Ms. Regan often has testified on consumer loan proposals in the General Assembly. Ms. Regan graduated from Case WesternReserve University and received her law degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC.
Maxwell Street also operates a vibrant Citizenship Project. About 80 "graduates" each year take the oath to become U.S. citizens—a key step toward the American Dream.
In the last year, we:
In an important earlier success, Senior Staff Attorney Anne Marie Regan successfully challenged denial or termination of long term care to about 400 nursing home residents and almost 3000 receiving care in their homes and communities.
We have worthy results:
Since the start of the project, we collected over $98,000 in wages due. As well, we filed innovative litigation to test Kentucky's little used "employee lien" statute.
Long term success "takes a village." Our hope is that public policy will be just as responsive to low-income Kentuckians as to others—helping to protect their earnings, assets, health and safety and, just as important, fostering opportunity.
Opportunity for low income Kentuckians can mean success for Kentucky as a whole, bringing key measures of our well-being closer to national averages, or exceeding them—from health to education to per capita income.
Of course, public policy is shaped by many actors and factors.
Meanwhile, success in court can produce both decisions on paper and tangible outcomes: in our successful challenge to nursing home "cutoffs," we received state data that showed all cutoffs were reviewed under new standards and 97 percent of people restored to care.
Commented on agency regulations and plans and won changes to:
Maxwell Street founding volunteer Marilyn Daniel acts as a mentor for Maxwell Street staff and volunteers 12-16 hours a week helping clients.
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