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When criminal records come back to haunt you: Expungements and third-party background reports

November 7, 2017

About one in three Americans have some sort of criminal record, ranging from simple arrests to actual convictions. As any job-seeker or apartment-hunter knows, more and more employers and landlords are using background checks. Nearly 90% of employers and 80% of landlords run some sort of background check on potential employees or tenants. If you…

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment is coming—11/1/17-12/15/17! #GETCOVERED for 2018!

October 6, 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains the law of the land. Since 2014 – over 22 million people in the United Sates have gained access to affordable, quality health insurance including over 230,000 South Carolinians! In a few short weeks, the Open Enrollment period for 2018 health care coverage will begin. This year, Open Enrollment…

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SC Supports DREAMers

October 5, 2017

South Carolinians support Dreamers and will #DefendDACA recipients. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s DREAM Act aims to continue the provisions of the DACA program. The DREAM Act is about fairness, opportunity, family and community, and it is good for us all. DACA Voices | Rosa: Out of the shadows; helping others reach the American Dream DACA Voices…

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STATEMENT: The end of the DACA program and the future for Dreamers

September 5, 2017

Photo: AP/Craig Ruttle We are deeply saddened by today’s announcement, confirming that the Administration plans to end the highly successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision places at risk the nearly 800,000 current DACA recipients—including 7,000 here in South Carolina. For us these are more than statistics. When we think of those affected…

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The Dream Act: What it is, and Why it is Urgent

August 2, 2017

The DREAM Act of 2017, sponsored by SC Senator Lindsey Graham, will provide those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals of 2012 (DACA) a way to finally stabilize their legal status and eventually become US citizens.  Those with DACA came to the US as children, grew up in America, but have never been given a…

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Statement: Senate’s Last Ditch Attempt to Repeal the ACA Fails.

July 28, 2017

Today, I am incredibly relieved and encouraged by the outcome of the Senate vote on the last ditch attempt to rush through the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Even without direct cuts to Medicaid, the “skinny repeal” bill that was narrowly voted down would have resulted in a loss of health care coverage for 16…

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Lawyers 4 Vets 2017 – Looking Back Over 3 Years

July 20, 2017

Our Lawyers 4 Vets clinic has now been serving South Carolina veterans in the Midlands for 3 years, in partnership with the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia. Here’s a look back over all we’ve accomplished with the help of wonderful pro bono attorneys and other invaluable volunteers. Lawyers 4 Vets Cumulative Report…

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RELEASE: CFPB Rule Restores South Carolinians’ Day in Court Over Financial Misconduct

July 11, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 11, 2017 South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center Contact: Sue Berkowitz ([email protected]); National Consumer Law Center Contacts: Lauren Saunders ([email protected]) or Stephen Rouzer ([email protected]); 202.595.7847 CFPB Rule Restores South Carolinians’ Day in Court Over Financial Misconduct Rule Addresses Forced Arbitration of Claims Involving Credit Cards, Payday Loans, Other Financial Products (COLUMBIA)…

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Reportaje de las clínicas de poderes notariales

June 29, 2017

Desde el principio del año, había sido un temor creciendo en las comunidades inmigrantes que son en riesgo de deportación por las prioridades de la nueva administración, actividad más agresiva de ICE, y hostilidad cultural generalmente más ampliada. En respuesta, los días 8 y 22 de junio, tuvimos nuestras primeras clínicas de POA (POA es…

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SC Appleseed POA Clinic Update

June 28, 2017

Since the beginning of the year, there has been a growing fear among immigrant communities of risk of deportation due to the priorities of the new administration, more aggressive ICE activity and overall increased cultural hostility. In response, on June 8th and 22nd, we held our first POA Clinics—pro bono immigration legal clinics, to create powers of…

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