The August/September Issue  

In this month’s issue of the A2J Dispatch, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing a story from CASA highlighting the important work the organization is doing for Latinos and other immigrants communities, we learn about recent developments in the eviction crisis including new housing assistance initiatives in Maryland, and we explore the implications of the tech divide on the justice gap.    

A2J Stories

This month’s A2J Story segment comes from CASA. With more than 122,000 lifetime Latino, immigrant, and working-class members across 46 US states, CASA is a national leader in supporting immigrant families and one of the foremost immigrant organizations in the mid-Atlantic region. Among other things, CASA provides advocacy and other critical services to immigrant and working-class families, including Latinos and Francophone immigrants from West African countries like Cameroon and the Caribbean.

The Story of Ruth. “Dans les pays étrangers, il faut avoir la foi et l’espoir. Tout a changé pour moi à cause du CASA,” (When moving to a foreign country, one must have faith and hope. Everything changed for me because of CASA.).

When I immigrated here from Cameroon 8 years ago, I had secured a job here, but soon after I lost my work authorization and with it, my hope. Joining CASA changed my life. They helped me secure work authorization, find another job, and gain access to medical insurance. But most of all, CASA’s winning Temporary Protected Status for Cameroon has given me security because it means I am protected from being deported back to the civil war in Cameroon. 

Longstanding socio-political tensions and armed conflicts in Cameroon have left thousands dead and millions displaced and in need of humanitarian assistance. Notably, this past April, advocates secured a major victory when Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas announced Temporary Protected Status (TPS) eligibility for Cameroonian nationals residing in the U.S. as of April 15, 2022.

A2J Commission News

  • Join us in person or via webcast for the third installment of the MSBA’s Spark Series Initiative featuring a discussion with Grace E. Speights, Partner at Morgan Lewis. Among other things, Speights handles high profile and high stakes workplace matters and provides crisis management assistance to clientele on a number of issues in the racial equality and social justice space. The event will take place at the Center Club on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Local A2J News

National A2J News

  • Pandemic Impacts on A2J. Elon University’s 2022 Law Review Symposium takes place virtually on September 23 where legal leaders, scholars, and advocates will explore and discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the courts and administration of justice. Click here to register.