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New D.C. Human Rights Act Amendment Benefits Low-Income Workers

November 3, 2022 by Madeline Terlap Access to Justice

On September 21, 2022, the District of Columbia Human Rights Enhancement Amendment Act of 2022 was enacted into law.[1] One of the Act’s changes amends the definition of “employee” in  the District of Columbia Human Rights Act (DCHRA)[2] to include…

Overturning Roe is a Poverty Issue

October 14, 2022 by Hope Sheils Access to Justice Family Health

On the June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court released its landmark decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. Justice Alito’s majority opinion overturned Roe v. Wade and the right to an abortion.[1] The opinion holds that “Roe and Casey must be overruled…

Sexual Violence Against Women Experiencing Homelessness

September 15, 2022 by Lindsey Zirkle Access to Justice Criminal Justice Housing and Homelessness

Women experiencing homelessness are at an increased risk of becoming victims of sexual violence.[1] Such women are particularly vulnerable to multiple forms of interpersonal victimization, including sexual violence at the hands of acquaintances, strangers…

California Bail Reform: Where Are We Now?

May 9, 2022 by Hanna McCrum Access to Justice Criminal Justice

It’s not new to say that bail systems, and other monetary conditions to release, have functionally discriminated based on wealth.  An overwhelming percentage of individuals who are detained pre-trial, are detained simply because they cannot afford…

The Disparate Impact of Texas’ Abortion Ban on Low-Income and Rural Women

February 24, 2022 by Lindsay Johnson Access to Justice Health Rights

In September 2021, Texas Senate Bill 8 (SB8) took effect. SB8 prohibits abortion in the state after six weeks—before many women are aware they are pregnant. It is well known that abortion restrictions disparately impact low-income and rural women and…