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DACA Program Update: Extended Renewal Wait Times

August 29, 2016

Stay Ahead of the Game! DACA renewal wait times are now around six months. (Español abajo) South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center received word last week that beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are having to wait approximately six (6) months to receive their renewed documents from the United States Citizenship…

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In His Own Words – DACA's 4th Anniversary

August 25, 2016

Monday of last week marked the 4th Anniversary of the date when the first applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) were submitted on August 15, 2012. The DACA program, first announced by President Obama in June 2012, gives immigrant youth who were between the ages of 15 and 31 who came to the…

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A Look at Economic Inequality in SC¢

August 8, 2016

Though America’s economic expansion is now in its seventh year, many South Carolina communities remain distressed, crimping residents’ chances of achieving economic stability or success in their lifetimes, according to a new study. The February 2016 report, by the Economic Innovation Group, a Washington-based nonprofit research and advocacy group, said 30 percent of South Carolina…

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DSS Settlement Agreement – Michelle H. v. Haley

July 15, 2016

[Español Abajo] Read the full DSS settlement agreement filed in federal court, resulting from the class action Michelle H. v. Haley, which seeks improvements on behalf of nearly 3,400 abused and neglected children statewide. SC DSS Final Filed Settlement Agreement Solución final de acuerdo con el departamento de servicios sociales (DSS) de SC, archivado

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The Unmet Legal Needs of Veterans

June 24, 2016

Earlier this month, a report was released by Project CHALENG outlining the responses given by Veterans when asked to rank both their met and unmet needs. While many may believe the duty of caring for Veterans falls entirely on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the hospitals they manage, and that any problems Veterans…

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2016 SC Appleseed Legislative Wrap Up

June 17, 2016

Coverage of the 2016 legislative session focused on a small number of high profile issues, but all the while here at South Carolina Appleseed we were working on several lesser known but very important bills which were enacted into law. These laws are not only great public policy; they will also help the communities we…

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SC Education: Falling Further Behind in Math & Below Average in Reading

June 9, 2016

South Carolina’s scores on standardized mathematics tests of elementary and middle-school students over the past 10 years have declined, making the state one of the nation’s poorest performers in that regard. The National Center for Education Statistics recently released its state-by-state scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests in math and reading…

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Working, but Uninsured. Lynn's Story.

June 6, 2016

My name is Lynn Campbell and I am a resident of Edgefield County. I am currently uninsured and chose to share my personal story about my situation in hopes that together we can close the health insurance coverage gap in SC; not just for me, but for all of the others just like me in…

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'Life-Changing' Settlement Reached to Improve Foster Care for South Carolina's Children

June 3, 2016

(Charleston, S.C.) — South Carolina officials and attorneys for plaintiff children advocating for foster care reform agreed to a plan that will require targeted changes to a system that for years has been troubled by a drastic shortage of foster homes, excessive caseworker caseloads and a failure to provide basic health care to kids. The…

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Lawyers 4 Vets 2-Year Report

May 20, 2016

Lawyers 4 Vets May 2014 to May 2016 A Brief History South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center in partnership with the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center and with additional support and coordination by Nelson Mullins Law firm created the Lawyers 4 Vets pro bono legal clinic. The clinic was specifically created to address the unmet…

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