Client Story Night
On April 5, we held our first client story night. If you couldn't make it, here's what you missed:
Vilma's story: Vilma loves kids and enjoyed her job working at a local day care center. So she was surprised, hurt, and confused when she learned a case had been filed against her claiming that she had bruised a child on the leg. "I knew in my heart I didn't do anything," Vilma said. Even so, she still had to answer the charges and deal with the emotional and financial stress. A friend gave her Tim Bosson's name, and Tim argued Vilma's case on appeal. There wasn't any evidence to support the accusation, and the charges were found to be unsubstantiated. Vilma's name was cleared. She thanks God she is able to work again, now free and clear of the false charges.
Corey's story: At 22, Corey found himself in a mountain of debt due to the costs of attending American University, the expense of living in the District, and medical bills related to an inflamed appendix. One night (when he was on leave from college due to the death of his grandfather) Corey fell asleep in a parked car. He woke to a cop knocking on his window. Corey consented to a search. Suddenly six cops were on the scene surrounding him. "I'd never been arrested before," Corey said. "I got a bad vibe." Then a cop found two pain pills under the driver's seat. Corey explained they were leftover from a legal prescription he'd obtained months ago to help him manage his health issues. "I encouraged them to call my pharmacy," Corey said. The cops arrested him instead and charged him with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. The prosecutor eventually dismissed the case, and Corey thought his troubles were over. He returned to American University and lined up a job at Johns Hopkins—only to discover he didn't pass the background check due to the former charges. CLADC not only helped expunge the charges, but is preparing to file a civil rights action on Corey's behalf.
Reflecting on these two stories, Tim says: "In D.C. alone, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of others like Vilma and Corey who are victims of injustices at the hands of governmental agencies, employers, and landlords. Many cannot afford an attorney. Thank you for supporting our organization and making our representation of people like Vilma and Corey possible!"