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Commission on Homelessness & Poverty

The Commission is committed to educating the bar and the public about homelessness and poverty and how the legal community and advocates can assist those in need.

Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act (SICAA) and Trouble Teen Industry Webinar Series

CHP is proud to co-sponsor the Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity's webinar series, "Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act (SICAA) and Trouble Teen Industry." This 3-part series will explore the history, policy solutions, and legal challenges and present practical solutions for effective change. Resolution 605 was adopted by the American Bar Association in 2023 because of decades of well-documented abuse within the Troubled Teen Industry and youth residential treatment centers. The webinars will take place on April 18, May 16, and June 20.

June 6, 2024 1pm EST - Digital Divides and Greening Legal Deserts: Lessons from the Four Corners States

Please join the Commission & SCLAID for this upcoming CLE webinar. The panelists for this interactive, fast-paced CLE program are on the front lines of bridging digital divides, and greening legal deserts, to help narrow the justice gap. Panelists will address challenges faced by the “Four Corners” states (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah) as well as successes and lessons learned that can be applied anywhere. The conversation will include a discussion of tools to measure the justice gap, such as identifying access to justice indicators, demographics, resources, and mapping. The panel also will discuss the effect of gaps and resulting challenges to providing legal services; efforts being undertaken to bridge these gaps, including specific efforts that have worked and those that have not; the role of collaboration and securing buy-in for implementing change; and how to measure success.

AI in Housing and Benefits: Automating Discrimination, Enhancing Surveillance, and Scaling Bias - June 27, 2pm EST

The Commission is proud to co-sponsor CRSJ's upcoming webinar, "AI in Housing and Benefits" on June 27. Guest experts (including the Commission's own Sateesh Nori) will discuss the increasing reliance of state and federal social services agencies on automated fraud detection systems, eligibility screening and assessment tools, and benefits determinations systems that disproportionately harm disabled and elderly people. Experts will describe the range of tools in use, the discriminatory impact they can have, and the strategies used to challenge discrimination and bias in litigation, policymaking, and advocacy.

Combatting Poverty and Decriminalizing Homelessness Through A Race Equity Lens

The Commission on Homelessness and Poverty's resource clearinghouse.

Racial Equity in the Justice System

The ABA's central clearinghouse of ABA-related information and resources for attorneys, the legal profession and the public on a wealth of issues addressing bias, racism and prejudice in the justice system and society.

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We welcome you to join us. Lawyers working in government or legal/public service not-for-profit organizations engaged primarily in legal- or policy-based advocacy for low income persons qualify for reduced dues as members of the American Bar Association.