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ICE Deports Maribel Trujillo Diaz

Attorneys from Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) were informed this morning that Maribel Trujillo Diaz is on a plane bound for Mexico. For the past week, Maribel has been held in an ICE detention center in Louisiana awaiting deportation. ICE denied all requests to exercise its prosecutorial discretion not to separate Maribel from her family. Maribel leaves behind four American children. 

"We are disappointed and outraged that ICE has chosen not to exercise prosecutorial discretion despite the thousands of calls and nationwide advocacy from community members, elected officials, and faith leaders," says Kathleen Kersh, Maribel's ABLE attorney.

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ABLE Immigration Legal-Awareness Training

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 24, 2017

ABLE Immigration Legal-Awareness Training

for Service Providers & Community Supporters

Mark your calendars! Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc (ABLE) is hosting an immigration legal-awareness training for service providers and community supporters on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Learn how President Trump's recent actions on immigration may impact your organization and our local immigrant and refugee communities—and how you can help.

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Free Legal Assistance with Citizenship & Naturalization: Saturday, April 8, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 22, 2017

An information session on how to apply for citizenship and what you need to know about the naturalization process is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the downtown Toledo offices of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), located at 525 Jefferson Ave., from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The information session is presented by ABLE, Adelante, En Camino (SS. Peter & Paul Church), Water for Ishmael, and Welcome Toledo-Lucas County. Attorneys and advocates from these organizations will be available throughout the event.

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AT&T Fails To Invest in Low-Income Montgomery County Neighborhoods

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 21, 2017

Earlier this month the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and Connect Your Community, a Cleveland based organization, published a report indicating that AT&T had "systematically discriminated against lower income Cleveland neighborhoods in its deployment of home internet and video technologies over the last decade."

The organizations reviewed broadband availability data submitted by AT&T to the Federal Communications Commission for June 2016 to reach its conclusions, suggesting that the company withheld broadband improvements from neighborhoods with high poverty rates while upgrading its network in other parts of Cuyahoga County. (click here for the report)

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Challenges outlined by firm; Important to protect children, advocates tell Rotary

The following article, written by Mike Sigov, appeared January 24, 2017 in The Blade. ABLE Director of Advocacy, Aneel Chablani, speaks to the Rotary Club of Toledo. Read the article below or view on The Blade's website.

An Advocates for Basic Legal Equality representative called on Rotary Club of Toledo members Monday for help fighting poverty in the inner city and other less privileged communities.

"It is critical that we identify the areas where we can have the most impact ... and then [act] through changing social and economic conditions and legal interventions," said Aneel Chablani, ABLE's director of advocacy. "That's also work that can be adopted through community leadership organizations like Rotary."

Mr. Chablani told about 200 Rotary members at the club's noon luncheon in the Park Inn ballroom that it is important to focus those poverty-fighting efforts on critical issues such as pediatric chronic asthma and children's exposure to lead.

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Legal Aid: "When in doubt, call"

The following article, written by Sara Arthurs, appeared January 9, 2017 in the Findlay-Hancock County Courier. Read below or view on The Courier's website. LAWO attorneys John Keenehan and Melissa LaRocco were interviewed for the story.

People who need a lawyer but don't have money to pay for one can sometimes get help from Legal Aid of Western Ohio.

The nonprofit organization provides free legal help for civil needs to people meeting certain income guidelines. They do not help in cases of criminal charges, such as DUI, said John Keenehan, attorney with Legal Aid of Western Ohio. But they may help with things like civil protection orders, in domestic violence cases. And they've helped people with divorce-related matters and with writing wills. They've also done outreach to seniors at 50 North through an Older Americans Act grant.

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Leann's Story

"I can't explain the relief I felt hearing my attorney's voice on the phone."

Leeann and her four-year-old daughter were happy to finally be living in their own home. She thought they were safe from abuse. But during his parental visits in Leeann's home, her estranged husband continued his abusive behavior. Leeann reported the abuse to the police, and he was charged with domestic violence.

Following the requirements of her lease agreement, Leeann reported the arrest to her subsidized housing landlord. She was shocked when she received an eviction notice citing her for allowing a person onto the property.

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