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Springfield program teaches rights, responsibilities for tenants

The following, written by Meaghan Summers, appeared August 2, 2016 in the Springfield News-Sun. Read below or view the article on the News-Sun website.

Springfield tenants can learn about their rights and responsibilities, as well as budgeting and other tips, at a free education program.

In the Tenant Education Certificate Program, participants can earn a certificate to present to future landlords that verifies that they have received training regarding tenant responsibilities and skills.

"The certificate would be something they could show to potential landlords, to let them know they are working on becoming good tenants," said Nancy Flinchbaugh, the city's fair housing/mediation coordinator.

Partners from the city's Community Development department, Springfield Police Division, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Consumer Credit Counseling Service/GraceWorks, Project Woman, Mental Health Services and Legal Aid of Western Ohio came together to present this certificate program on a quarterly basis.

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New Data Report Highlights Economic Impact of Immigrants in Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 3, 2016

Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE) released a report today that highlights new research on the contributions of immigrants in Ohio. The report was released in collaboration with Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (TLC), and other Ohio Welcoming Initiatives including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton. The NAE brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic, and Independent mayors and business leaders united in making the economic case for streamlining, modernizing, and rationalizing our immigration system.

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Toledo Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition & Fostering Healthy Communities

Join the Toledo Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition and physician members of Fostering Healthy Communities for a news conference on the medical implications of lead exposure on children, scheduled for Monday, August 1, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. in the Center for Equal Justice, located at 525 Jefferson Ave. in downtown Toledo (ABLE offices).

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Citizenship For Ishmael

The following article, written by Brittany Adams, appeared in the July issue of The Toledo City Paper. Read below, or view the article on The City Paper's website.

Water for Ishmael has partnered with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) and Adelante, the local Latino Resource Center, for an upcoming pilot program to ease the path to naturalized citizenship for local immigrants.

With the general election just around the corner, rhetoric is heating up on both sides of the aisle regarding hot-button issues like immigration. Water for Ishmael, a local Christian non-profit, is diving into the debate with real solutions for Toledo-area immigrant families.

Executive Director of Water for Ishmael, Janelle Metzger, says that an upcoming pilot program to help local immigrants become American citizens eschews all possible controversy.

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Toledo Council considers landlord lead legislation

The following story, written by Alexandra Montgomery, appeared June 27, 2016 on WTOL. Read below or view the story on WTOL.com.

Big changes could come to residential rental properties in Toledo, if lead legislation is passed.The ordinance would require residential rental single-family homes and duplexes to get lead tested if they were built before 1978.

Bob Cole, who helped write the ordinance, says failure in any one of four of the steps during the lead testing means landlords would need to do things like repaint, fix chipping, and scrub surfaces to remove the lead hazard.

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ABLE takes immigrants through naturalization process, sees spike during election year

ABLE takes immigrants through naturalization process, sees spike during election year

The following, posted by Ashley Hill, appeared Saturday, February 27, 2016 on wtol.com

Patty Hernández, a senior attorney with ABLE - Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, says this year they have a larger turnout of people interested in becoming American citizens.This, she thinks, could be the result of it being an election year.

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The Effects of Lead Poisoning on African-American and Low-Income Families in Toledo, Ohio

The Effects of Lead Poisoning on African-American and Low-Income Families in Toledo, Ohio

The Toledo Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition is a community group organized around the principle that community residents are effective agents of change when they are provided with information and resources. Information about primary prevention is the most effective means to maintain a long-term lead safe community. Leadership, commitment and resources are required to establish lead safe environments for our children and families.

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Immigration Presentation (Toledo)

IMMIGRATION PRESENTATION
PRESENTACION SOBRE INMIGRACION

DACA/DAPA Update (Supreme Court)
Caso en la Corte Suprema (DACA/DAPA)

Deferred Action (DACA)
Acción Diferida (DACA)

Deportation Priorities
Prioridades de Deportación

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Let the people ride: Bringing buses to Beavercreek and revitalizing civil rights enforcement

Let the people ride: Bringing buses to Beavercreek and revitalizing civil rights enforcement

ABLE attorney Ellis Jacobs recounts the story of the hard-earned victory of Dayton-area citizens who were able to reverse a discriminatory decision regarding bus routes in Beavercreek. Jacobs was lead attorney on this case. This article was published in Ohio Lawyer, a publication of the Ohio State Bar Association.

A lead attorney in the case recounts the story of the hard-earned victory of Dayton-area citizens who were able to reverse a discriminatory decision regarding bus routes in Beavercreek.​

The singing began when the bus left the stop at Wright State University in Fairborn and continued until the bus came to rest at the next stop a mile and a half away near the Fairfield Commons Mall in Beavercreek. It was 6 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. There was snow on the ground and the sun wasn't up yet.

Most of the 40 people on that bus were there to celebrate a hard-earned victory. But the first person on the bus that morning was a young man who had boarded the bus in Dayton to get to his job at Walmart near the mall in Beavercreek. He was just glad that he no longer had to get off the bus in Fairborn and make the dangerous walk from Fairborn to Beavercreek along the narrow, gravel-strewn, shoulder of the dark, long overpass over I-675 to get to work.

This story begins four years earlier, when the greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) asked the city of Beavercreek for permission to extend an existing bus line that began in the city of Dayton and ended at Wright State University in Fairborn, where it turned around to return to Dayton.

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Children's Advocates Praise Proposed Truancy Interventions, Scaling Back Of Zero Tolerance Policy

The following article appeared on Gongwer News Service (www.gongwer-oh.com), February 16, 2016. ABLE Attorney Bob Cole provides testimony to the House Education Committee regarding Proposed Truancy Interventions in Ohio schools.

Children's Advocates Praise Proposed Truancy Interventions,
Scaling Back Of Zero Tolerance Policy

Child advocates on Tuesday urged support for a measure that would require schools to take a more holistic approach to addressing truancy in an effort to get students back in the classroom and out of the justice system.

A handful of witnesses told the House Education Committee that the bill (HB 410*), which has caused some pause because of the requirements it places on school districts, will save the state time and money in the long run.

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Overwhelmed federal officials released immigrant teens to traffickers in 2014

The following article, written by Abbie VanSickle, appeared in January 26, 2016 in the Washington Post. ABLE attorney Jessica Ramos was quoted in the article. Read the introduction below and the full article on the Washington Post's website.

Overwhelmed federal officials released immigrant teens to traffickers in 2014

NEW BLOOMINGTON, Ohio — On the phone, the boy was frantic. After traveling hundreds of miles from a village in Guatemala, he had made it across the U.S. border and into a government-funded shelter for unaccompanied minors.

But then something went terribly wrong.

Instead of sending him to his uncle, Carlos Enrique Pascual, a landscape worker in Florida, authorities said the shelter released the teenager to traffickers who took him to central Ohio, held him captive in a roach-infested trailer and threatened to kill him if he tried to leave.

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As seen on 13abc: "Danger in the Air"

ABLE and Mercy are working together to determine why hundreds of children in the Toledo area have uncontrolled asthma.

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Legal Aid recruiting community volunteers to assist with public benefit screenings

Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) is seeking volunteers to help low-income individuals apply for public benefits through its Mobile Benefit Bank program. The LAWO Mobile Benefit Bank has assisted more than 5,000 individuals, helping them to receive more than $3.5 million in benefits since 2009.

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Illegal voting charges against Toledoan dropped

The following article, written by Jennifer Feehan, appeared January 26, 2016 in The Toledo Blade. Read the story below, or view on The Blade's website. Our advocates were successful in helping this client prove he is a legal citizen. Mr. Brooks said he is grateful to ABLE and the office of U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur for helping him.

Illegal voting charges against Toledoan dropped
Man born in Aruba proves his U.S. citizenship

Denicio Brooks has some plans: to get a passport, visit his relatives in Aruba, and vote in the March primary.Mr. Brooks, 61, a Toledoan who moved to the United States when he was 8 years old, was smiling Monday morning after Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Ruth Ann Franks dismissed felony charges of illegal voting and false registration against him.

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Ohio officials launch Welcome Dayton program to translate legal documents for immigrants

Thank you Dayton Municipal Court for making justice more accessible for those in need of legal help. Comments from ABLE Attorney Jessica Ramos appear in this article that  appears on Lawyer Herald. Read below or view on the LawyerHerald.com website.

Ohio officials launch Welcome Dayton program to translate legal documents for immigrants

City officials in Dayton, Ohio have initiated a new program aimed at helping immigrants understand the various documents issued by the municipal court system. According to the officials, the new program, called Welcome Dayton, was launched after the number of court cases involving individuals from other countries increased during the past years.

As first reported by the Dayton Daily News, the Dayton Municipal Court has seen a surge in the number of plaintiffs, victims and defendants with roots from different parts of the world including Russia, Turkey, China, Africa and the Middle East. Although some of them can effectively speak and understand English, most of them are having a hard time adapting to this language.

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2016 Access to Justice Awards Dinner

The 2016 Access to Justice Awards Dinner was held Wednesday, April 20, 2016. The purpose of the Access to Justice Awards Dinner is to celebrate the great work of legal aid and pro bono programs in our community; to increase critical financial support for legal services to the poor; to recognize individuals and organizations for their extraordinary service in the public interest; and, to hear from a prominent national leader on the importance of equal access to justice in our society.

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