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Thank you for Cycling with Legal Aid Programs in Broward

HistoryIn 2019, CCLA began a fitness initiative in the hopes of promoting healthy lifestyles within the office, reducing workplace burnout and increasing employee retention.  Our employee-driven committee aims to build and sustain a wellness culture within the firm. CCLA’s first step towards this goal was the purchase and installation of a treadmill.  The purchase of the treadmill is just one part of the firm’s fitness initiative, offering incentives for team members who log in time/miles. ... Read More

Holiday Adopt-a-Family- Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in making this holiday season just a little brighter for someone else. Every family greatly appreciated your generosity and kindness this year. Without you, many of these families wouldn’t have had a joyful holiday season.               We were able to help 30 families and 112 children, including 26 children living in group homes. Thank you for all of your generous donations! For the past... Read More

Profile in Good: Victoria Sexton

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) is pleased to announce that The Florida Bar Foundation has awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to Victoria Sexton, Esq. Ms. Sexton has joined the CCLA team and will represent survivors of human trafficking in South Florida, which is considered a hot spot for human trafficking. She will conduct a community needs assessment and advocate for trafficking survivors by providing holistic direct civil legal services. January... Read More

Story of Justice: Taylor*

Taylor, a young girl, was trafficked by someone in her neighborhood. After this began, her relationship with her mother began to break down. Her behavior began to change; once a straight A student, she dropped out of school and began taking drugs. Her mother was unsuccessful in getting help for Taylor. Ultimately, an incident occurred that precluded her mother from being able to care for her. Taylor was removed from her mother’s care and placed in... Read More

Story of Justice: Jackie*

Jackie is a 16-year old girl who was a chronic runaway who had been conditioned to distrust authority figures. It is unknown when she began being trafficked, but she did have several traffickers during her time on the run and was even being trafficked while in the care of her mother. Like a lot of young trafficking victims, she had several juvenile delinquency charges and was facing time in jail. Further complicating matters, Jackie was charged in several... Read More

Story of Justice: Daniela*

Daniela is a 14-year old girl with a long history of abuse and neglect. Ultimately she was removed from her parents’ home and placed with relatives to live. Shortly after she was placed, her relatives also began abusing her and kicked her out of their home saying she had “bad behavior.”  A 14-year old child living on the street is easy prey. Daniela became the victim of unscrupulous traffickers who took advantage of her and put... Read More

Letter from the 2020 Board Chair: Sherylle Francis, Esq.

To whom much is given, much is expected. Sherylle Francis takes that adage with her as she enters 2020 as the new Board Chair for Broward Legal Aid and Coast to Coast Legal Aid. When prompted to share some words about her upcoming role, she leans toward the future. Francis looks forward to a year filled with the promise of a better and brighter tomorrow for the hundreds of children, seniors, veterans, homeless, domestic violence... Read More

Pro Bono Attorney Spotlight: Norman Marcus

Norman Marcus has been practicing law for more than forty years in Plantation. Marcus handles all aspects of family law, as well as wills & probate and a range of real estate and business and commercial matters. He is experienced in both the courtroom and at the negotiation table, and is adept at alternative forms of dispute resolution. Mr. Marcus has accepted pro bono cases from Legal Aid to assist low-income residents of Broward County... Read More
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