Learn how former prisoners are denied jobs, housing, student loans, child custody and the right to vote
What if you had served time in prison but because of your record, you were unable to get a job or find a place to live? How could you possibly become a productive member of society when every door slammed in your face? How would you make money to feed and clothe your children?
Or what if you were a victim of domestic abuse who was locked up in prison for trying to defend yourself and your children against harm? And now because of your unjust imprisonment your children were without the one parent they could love and trust?
Decades of advocating for workers and their families who are coping with asbestos-caused malignant mesothelioma has had a profound effect on all of us here at Kazan Law. It has made us all more keenly aware of institutionalized injustices of many kinds including those I mentioned above.
As attorneys who specialize in asbestos cases, we can’t jump into a different legal area to professionally help people facing these situations. What we can do is offer support through our firm’s foundation to an organization that is committed to improving the odds for incarcerated Americans and their families.
Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Oberman, Satterley & Bosl Foundation is proud to be a supporter of Legal Services for Prisoners With Children (LSPC). LSPC provides legal support, trainings, advocacy, public education, and community building to reunify families and communities impacted by the criminal justice system.
Here are some of LSPC’s key projects:
- The Family Unity Project strives to help keep families connected when a family member is in prison
- All of Us or None provides support for formerly incarcerated people and their families and seeks to end discrimination against people with conviction histories (see video above)
- California Habeas Project seeks to free from prison survivors of domestic violence who are in prison for crimes related to their abuse.
To help LSPC fund these and other important projects and to celebrate this organization’s longevity, our foundation became a major sponsor for LSPC’s fundraising 35th anniversary celebration. The gala event “Rooted Together, Rising as One” takes place on October 19th in San Francisco. It promises to be a great evening for a great cause.