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Profile in Good: Geraldine DeBianchi

Profile in Good: Geraldine DeBianchi Geraldine DeBianchi, Esq. is an attorney with Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA). Geraldine leads the Mobile Justice Squad, a mobile division of CCLA that provides free mobile legal services to seniors 60 and older who are homebound, isolated, disabled or face challenges with transportation and reside...
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Story of Justice: Sally Flees an Abusive Relationship

Story of Justice: Sally Flees an Abusive Relationship Background Sally* was on the receiving end of an abusive relationship with Carlos*. After years of abuse, Sally finally filed a restriction order against Carlos, but unfortunately the harassment continued. Even though Carlos was charged with two counts of Violation of Injunction, he continued to violate the...
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Stories of Justice: Lizbeth Goes Through A Difficult Separation

Stories of Justice: Lizbeth Goes Through A Difficult Separation Background Lizbeth* and her husband John* immigrated to the US in 2010. After decades of marriage, John had become increasingly verbally and emotionally abusive with Lizbeth. John, in his 60’s, ended up leaving Lizbeth for a younger woman. John, who worked at a supermarket earning barely...
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Stories of Justice: Joseph Avoids Foreclosure

Stories of Justice: Joseph Avoids Foreclosure Background Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Joseph* was laid off from the university where he was employed. As a result of this sudden loss in income, Joseph fell behind in both his home-owners association dues and his mortgage payments. Because he was delinquent in his HOA maintenance payments, the...
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Story of Justice: Alexis Survives Years of Sex Trafficking

Story of Justice: Alexis Survives Years of Sex Trafficking Background Alexis* was sex trafficked for almost a decade. During that time, she overcame terrible forms of torture, punishment, and forced experiences. While being trafficked, the victimizer forced Alexis to commit crimes directly related to her victimization, which resulted in charges and convictions against her. Legal...
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Board Member Profile: Alejandro Larrazabal, Esq.

Board Member Profile: Alejandro Larrazabal, Esq. Mr. Larrazabal is an attorney at Velasquez Dolan, P.A. where his practice focuses on personal injury litigation, appellate matters, and commercial litigation. Mr. Larrazabal has represented a broad array of clients in federal and state courts covering a wide range of civil issues. Mr. Larrazabal has argued before the...
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Story of Justice: Sebastian Reclaims His Unemployment Benefits

Story of Justice: Sebastian Reclaims His Unemployment Benefits  Background  Sebastian*, a middle-aged man from Florida, had lost his job due to Covid-19. Without an option, Sebastian started receiving unemployment benefits that allowed him to keep paying for his rent and put food on the table. Nevertheless, Sebastian had a sense of urgency about getting back...
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CCLA Appoints Joann King and Alejandro Larrazabal to its Board of Directors

CCLA APPOINTS JOANN KING AND ALEJANDRO LARRAZABA TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS               Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida has announced that Joann King, appointed by Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center, and Alejandro Larrazabal, Esq. of Velasquez Dolan, P.A. will join the Board of Directors. Other Board...
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Board Member Profile: Louis Reinstein, Esq.

Louis Reinstein, Esq. Louis Reinstein is a Partner and Business Unit Leader at Kelley Kronenberg. Louis joined Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida’s Board of Directors in April of 2021.    Louis’ general litigation practice includes trial and appellate work in Florida’s state and federal courts. His practice includes plaintiff and defense work...
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Legal Aid Programs in Broward County 2021 Annual Recognition Award Recipients

Legal Aid Programs in Broward County 2021 Annual Recognition Awards Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida and Legal Aid Service of Broward County present the recipients of their 2021 Annual Recognition Awards. The awards were presented during a series of on-line events that took place on May 4–7, 2021 via Facebook Live. If...
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