We have the right not to remain silent. Harnessing law as a tool for equity.

Law can be a powerful tool for advancing equity across a number of domains.

INEQUITY IN Rights and justice

However, those individuals and communities with the greatest need for legal resources often have the least access, thereby losing opportunities to enforce existing rights or advance new ones. We can correct for this inequity by equipping Fellows with the knowledge and tools to advocate within and for their communities.

The Spark

86% of the civil legal problems reported by low-income Americans received inadequate or no legal help.*

Rights awareness and legal resources are critical to supporting communities that are disproportionately impacted by societal inequities, especially in the criminal justice system. A cohort of four Atlantic Fellows—Jalayne Arias (Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health), Sarah Hooper (Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity US + Global), Carla Ventura (Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity US + Global), and Lawrence Aritao (Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in Southeast Asia), all lawyers—collaborated on how to promote access to this vital information. As leaders in their communities, Fellows can promote awareness and access to legal resources to those who need it most.

*source:  
https://www.lsc.gov/media-center/publications/2017-justice-gap-report

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Call to Action

For more than six months, the Fellows brainstormed virtually to draft their blueprint, ahead of sharing it with other Fellows also working to disseminate access to legal advocacy resources. In November 2019, the four Fellows then convened for the Rights Literacy learning and connection workshop at the University of California - Hastings College of Law and UC San Francisco. There, they worked together on a concrete blueprint for building rights engagement within and outside of the Atlantic Fellows community.

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Get to know the Fellows

Meet our Fellows
Sarah M. Hooper

Executive Director

Jalayne Arias

Assistant Professor, Memory and Aging Center, Department of Neurology

Benjamin Lawrence Patrick E. Aritao

Director of Prosecution Department

Carla A. Arena Ventura

Full Professor, College of Nursing

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The Initiatives

Connection and collaboration to brainstorm solutions. Workshop with human rights and civil justice experts at UC Hastings College of Law. Analyzing and expanding on the group’s initial outcomes. Which included a logic model and strategic outreach plan. The group determined that engaging additional Fellows was an important next step in addition to creating a roadmap for a network of Fellows to access and distribute legal resources.

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The Scale

After this intensive and iterative process, the group reached a design for a roadmap: a community of Atlantic Fellows equipped to accelerate and scale rights engagement globally. Their goal: to empower individuals and communities to address the many urgent crises of our time.

The Future

The group’s next objective is to identify additional Fellows who are inclined to this area of work followed by a needs assessment to determine the kind of outputs this project might produce to support the wider Atlantic Fellows community.

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