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Changing Minds & Changing Lives: Combating Racism

Changing Minds & Changing Lives: Combating Racism

Please join us for a community conversation about generational poverty -- and why minority poverty rates are higher than white poverty rates.

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Toledo takes up lead-paint issue

Toledo takes up lead-paint issue
City council ponders rule requiring rental owners to address threat

The following article, written by Ignazio Messina, appeared March 3, 2104 in The Toledo Blade. Read below, or view the contents on The Blade's website.

Two nonprofit agencies and the president of Toledo City Council are pushing for a potentially controversial law that would require city property-owners to deal with lead paint in a home before it could be rented. Lead exposure, even at low levels, can cause serious problems for young children and their developing brains and bodies.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equity gave the city a proposed law in November, which was reviewed Monday by officials of the Collins administration and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.

"Toledo is second or third in the state, depending on the year, in the percentage of children who continue to be poisoned with lead," said Robert Cole, a staff attorney for ABLE.

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United Way Toledo

Be part of the change. Please give today. www.unitedwaytoledo.org/give

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Gay couple able to bridge world with their love

Gay couple able to bridge world with their love
Sexual orientation no barrier to immigration, despite worries

The following article, written by Federico Martinez, appeared March 2, 2014 in The Toledo Blade. It features two of our clients and ABLE attorney Eugenio Mollo and ABLE paralegal Mariella Machen. Helping this couple remain together is just one of the many great reasons we work for legal services! Read below, or view on The Blade's website.

They had spent nearly six years preparing for this moment; so many restless nights and tears shed, frightened about what might happen — to have found love, only to lose each other in the end.

Carlos Gutierrez, a native of Honduras, and his spouse, Justin Hines, of Archbold, Ohio, stood before a federal immigration officer in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' Detroit District Office earlier this year. The officer's job was to decide whether Mr. Gutierrez, whose work visa was about to expire, should be allowed to remain in the United States.

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Workshop Addresses Human Trafficking in Ohio

Attorney Sarah Warpinski presented at a workshop in Lima, Ohio that addresses Human Trafficking. Sarah is a Skadden Fellow whose work focuses on more effectively identify victims of human trafficking and improving victims' access to legal advocacy and services.

The following story by Tricia Bell, appeared on WLIO in Lima on February 11, 2014. View below, or view on the Hometownstations.com website.

Ten years ago, few people in the Lima area had ever heard the term human trafficking. However, awareness is now growing for this form of modern day slavery. The Northwest Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition held a training Tuesday to ensure community members are able to spot and respond to victims.

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