Posts by Kayla Brown

Client Focus: Diana

Diana lost trust in others at a young age. When she was in 11th grade, she became pregnant and suffered from sexual abuse at home. When she went away to boarding school, she was assaulted again. Throughout her life she turned to substance use and alcohol in an attempt to ‘numb the pain’ her childhood…

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Client Focus: Anthony

Anthony came to Legal Council initially to seek help in applying for Medicaid. He experienced an extensive history of a substance use disorder that led him to living on the streets. After being disowned from his family, he was determined to turn his life around. He contacted Legal Council after he heard that he could…

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Client Focus: Stacey

Stacey had already been through so much at such a young age. By the time she entered 1st grade, she had lived through domestic violence and neglect. She went from foster home to foster home, all while dealing with stress from her traumatic upbringing. But things started looking up– Stacey found a home with a…

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Client Focus: Gregory

Gregory lived through a series of challenges and constant uphill battles before ending up at Chicago’s Franciscan Outreach Shelter. His mother passed when he was a teen and he lost many of his siblings to illnesses. He spent time in prison for a few years and had less than a high school education. Before his stay…

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Staff Spotlight: Hannah Berkowitz

Hannah Berkowitz, Legal Council Staff Attorney Legal Council just keeps growing! Two months ago, we welcomed over 10 new employees in our legal programs, development team, and administrative team. Legal Council has many exciting projects coming up, so we’re taking the time to highlight the projects and our new team members in our new blog…

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Living True: Transgender Day of Remembrance

Almost 20 years ago, transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith started the Transgender Day of Remembrance (T.D.O.R) to honor Rita Hester, a transgender woman killed in her own home in 1998. Her death was widely ignored by the media and many today still don’t know who Rita was. Her death remains unsolved. T.D.O.R is a day…

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Client Focus: Sasha

From day one life forced Sasha to put up a fight. When she was born, she was infected with H.I.V and was a child of the foster care system. At age six she was diagnosed with AIDS. Despite the trauma and health struggles she experienced, by 2014 Sasha was thriving. It seemed she was doing…

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IL Governor Signs Stock Asthma Rescue Medication

With help from Legal Council’s children and family advocates, the ‘Stock Asthma Rescue Medication’ bill (SB 3015) has been signed by Gov. Rauner and is now Public Act 100-0726. This victory will promote access to proper asthmatic care to children in need, allowing schools to voluntarily stock asthma rescue medication and for trained staff to administer it…

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