Washington College of Law* student groups selected HEARD as their host organization for the WCL Day of Service.
Students from the Disability Law Society, National Lawyers Guild & Criminal Law Practitioner will be responding to letters from Deaf, DeafBlind, and Blind prisoners on Saturday, November 9th during either or both shifts, 11am-2pm or 2-5pm.
Deaf returned citizens & family members of Deaf prisoners and will share their experiences with law students and volunteers. All Community members are encouraged to volunteer and attend!
*WCL is located at 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW (a free shuttle runs from Tenleytown Metro Station to WCL every 30 minutes: http://goo.gl/QdZ1Fj)
**Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD) is an all-volunteer nonprofit civil rights organization that promotes equal access to the legal system for individuals who are deaf. Our mission is to identify and remove barriers that prevent the deaf from participating in and having equal access to the justice system. HEARD’s volunteers investigate possible deaf wrongful conviction cases, educate justice professionals about Deaf Culture, conduct deaf prisoner and defendant research, and assist deaf and deaf-blind prisoners with access and civil rights issues. HEARD created and maintains a comprehensive national deaf and deaf-blind prisoner database, which it uses to ensure that deaf and deaf-blind prisoners have contact with community members and receive equal access to programs and services at jails and prisons across the nation.