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Sapphire’s Jamaica

In Client Story by LJC DK Admin

Sapphire walks into our office yesterday seeking asylum. Through an interpreter, Sapphire shares with us that she is deaf and she is a lesbian and is fleeing persecution from her home country, Jamaica. Sapphire has been targeted because of her …

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Henry Returns Home

In Client Story by LJC DK Admin

Henry was evicted from his upper Manhattan apartment within a few months after receiving an eviction notice.  He had been living in the apartment for over 12 years and because of an administrative error not due to Henry, his bank …

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New Year’s Resolution

In Client Story by LJC DK Admin

We placed a small flyer on the door of a social service agency in the Bronx with our name — New York Center for Law and Justice — offering a workshop that we were sponsoring on the subject of legal …

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Coming Home for Christmas

In Client Story by LJC DK Admin

We should have been home for Christmas,” Henry tells me as we speak one week before Christmas at the law center. “When you don’t have housing, you don’t have nothing,” he adds. This is a short story about Henry and …

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Client Story – Richard

In Client Story by LJC DK Admin

Richard closes his eyes tightly in the middle of his sentence and I know that he is searching for the word that will not come to his mind.  In a five-minute conversation, the “pause” will occur many more times.  Richard …

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Martin Luther King Day

In Client Story by LJC DK Admin

Each day, our deaf clients enter our office and require an American Sign Language interpreter to render our voices into meaning. Our clients cannot hear the spoken word and surely strain to apprehend the resonance of musical notes felt through …

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Client Story – Dan and Sheila

In Client Story by LJC DK Admin

Is a house a home? For Dan and Sheila, their modest condominium in Bayside, Queens is both a house and home.  The condominium serves as a physical structure against the natural elements, like rain and snow and the heat from …

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Client Story – Donna

In Client Story by LJC DK Admin

Things looked pretty bleak for one of our profoundly deaf clients, Donna, just about a year ago. The city and state program-Advantage-was ending and so was the funding provided to her that subsidized Donna’s modest housing in Brooklyn. The fallout …

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NAD’s 50th Biennial Conference

In Client Story by LJC DK Admin

The 50th Biennial Conference of the National Association of the Deaf, Philadelphia, PA July 9th, 2011 The first thing that I notice yesterday when I enter Franklin Meeting Room Four on the third floor of the Marriott Hotel in Philadelphia, …

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Client Story – Daryl

In Client Story by LJC DK Admin

I keep returning to the words of Robert F. Kennedy, standing before metal microphones, at a press conference held in 1965, when he states that he has visited the state institutions for the “mentally retarded” and “I think particularly at …

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