Volunteer Attorney Unlocks Opportunity for Young Mom
Last December, more than thirty Arizona attorneys gained comprehensive training to serve victims of human trafficking at the University of Arizona Law School. At the training, they pledged to provide pro bono legal services in return. This pledge paid off for Monique*, a young mother living in a transitional housing program for homeless families in Tucson.
Monique had a criminal record that prevented her from obtaining stable employment to support her family. Represented by pro bono attorney Liz Carrillo at Carillo Law Firm in Tucson, Monique was able to successfully petition the court to address her prior misdemeanor convictions and begin a new chapter in her life. A very special thanks to Liz Carillo for standing with ALWAYS and unlocking opportunity for Monique.
ALWAYS Open House Brings Community Together
A wonderful milestone this year for ALWAYS was moving into our expanded law office in Central Phoenix. On May 6, more than 70 community and legal partners, allies, volunteers, civic leaders, and philanthropic supporters came together to show their support and celebrate with us at the Friends of ALWAYS Open House.
Our thanks to new and old friends who joined us, and to those who sent good wishes. A very special thank you to Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo and Fr. Dan Sullivan, of St. Francis Xavier Parish, who shared their reflections and messages of hope for the young people we represent.
Also, we can’t forget to thank Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development for providing us a home in their offices during our early days, and to Native American Connections for welcoming us into one of their great facilities.