2013 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Annie Hudson-Price

Annie Hudson-Price

Name of Host Organization: Public Counsel Law Center
City, State: Los Angeles, California
Sponsors: Latham & Watkins LLP

The Project

Annie provided holistic legal representation to criminal justice-involved veterans in the Los Angeles area to ensure their successful reintegration into civilian society. She then relayed her experience with the neurobiological effects of trauma to help bring a first-of-its-kind class-action lawsuit seeking trauma-sensitive practices in the Compton Unified School District.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
California currently has the largest veteran population in the United States. Veterans’ lives are disproportionately characterized by homelessness, unemployment, addiction, depression, and family conflict. More than 8,000 veterans are homeless in Los Angeles every night and more than 600,000 are currently justice-involved in the United States. Judges across California have begun to institute Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs): specialized dockets that provide alternatives to incarceration for veterans suffering from trauma, substance abuse, or mental health problems resulting from their service. Despite the efforts of these courts, vital legal needs remain unmet and many veterans suffering from trauma have been unable to access these services.
Fellowship Highlights: 
During their Fellowship, Annie has:
• Helped secure basic necessities for individuals who have lost access to support systems and services as a result of exposure to traumatic experiences
• Collaborated with dozens of community organizations to elevate the dialogue around the impacts of trauma—one of the greatest public health crises facing our country
• Played a central role in bringing a first-of-its kind, class-action lawsuit on behalf of students with complex trauma in the Compton Unified School District
Where are they now?: 
Now that the Fellowship is complete, Annie will continue working at Public Counsel, building awareness, developing policies, and bringing litigation that addresses the impacts of trauma on our communities and the need for effective interventions that heal instead of punish.

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