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Story of Justice: Sasha

Sasha*, who is disabled, and her husband bought their first home in 2006. They have six children, two of whom have special medical needs. To purchase the home, they took a first mortgage for $440,000 and a second mortgage for $80,000, both from the same lender.  Sasha’s husband is self-employed, and they could not afford the mortgage payments due to the family’s medical issues. They were at risk of homelessness as a result of mortgage... Read More

Story of Justice: Josephine

Josephine* is a close victim of human trafficking. She married an American citizen whom she had dated many years before they reconnected.  Her husband promised her the world and even applied for her immigration status.  Once he brought her to the United States, he denied her access to the outside world and limited her access to certain rooms in their house.  After four years of marriage, her husband filed for divorce. Legal Aid attorneys helped Josephine... Read More

Story of Justice: Claude

Lance Corporal Claude served four years active duty in the Marine Corp. and about a year in the Army from 2002-2006 and 2008-2009 respectively. While in the Marines, Claude was deployed to Iraq for 11 months. Upon being discharged from active duty in 2009, Claude lived a fairly-normal and independent life using his GI Bill to cover the costs of school and rent and living off service-connected disability benefits to cover the rest of his... Read More

Letter from the 2019 Board Chair: Jeffrey Wank, Esq.

I am honored to be the 2019 Board Chair for the Legal Aid Programs in Broward. As I take the gavel, I am renewing my personal and professional commitment to continue to serve the south Florida community. Several years ago, I accepted a position on this Board of Directors to help further my dream that everyone in our community would have fair and equal access justice, including people experiencing homelessness, elder abuse, family violence, and... Read More

Profile in Good: Sharon Bourassa

As the Director of Special Projects at Legal Aid, Sharon Bourassa selects, pursues and prosecutes significant cases that impact the low-income community. These cases generally seek equitable relief, damages, and attorney’s fees and costs. Sharon has been at attorney at Legal Aid since 1981, however, her interest and compassion for the low-income community began long before she entered law school and went on to a lifelong career with Legal Aid. Sharon was a divorced mother... Read More

Pro Bono Attorney Spotlight: Scott Owens

Scott Owens is with the law firm of Scott D. Owens, P.A., a consumer law practice in Hollywood, Florida. As one of Florida’s most recognized consumer advocates, Scott represents consumers with regard to violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), violations of the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA), violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and violations of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA). Scott has certified more than... Read More

Story of Justice: Marta

Marta* was 15 years old and did not speak a word of English when she first came to Legal Aid. She suffered severe daily physical abuse from family members in Guatemala. She worked and saved money so that she could escape. Finally, one day after her father beat her severely, she left and began her journey to the U.S., all on her own and without paying a smuggler. When she first came to Legal Aid,... Read More

Story of Justice: Sara

Sara* is homeless. She lives in a minivan that is parked nightly in a church parking lot. She recently wanted a divorce from her husband, Don* as they had been separated after 2 ½ years of marriage. She admitted to a background that includes past drug abuse. But that didn’t justify the physical abuse Don put her through. She was proud of being clean and wanted to tie up this loose end. But she had... Read More
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