2013 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Josh Green

Josh Green

Name of Host Organization: Advancement Project
City, State: Los Angeles, California
Issue area: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties
Sponsors: Edison International; Munger Tolles & Olson LLP

The Project

Joshua enforced civil liberty protections in Los Angeles communities by challenging unjust gang injunctions through innovative, much-needed representation of individuals, educational outreach, and advocacy.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
Gang injunctions impact youth, families, and communities in both visible and invisible ways. Enjoined individuals are prevented from gathering with family and friends in view of the public; they are restricted by curfews and travel limitations within their neighborhoods; they may be evicted from public housing; and, if convicted of an injunction violation, they may be prevented from gaining custody of relative minors held by the city. Beneath the surface, outcomes include youth expectations of harassment by law enforcement, the strengthening of gang affiliations, and the interruption of service provision within communities.
Fellowship Highlights: 
During his Fellowship, Joshua has:
• Developed a template for filing a petition for gang injunction removal with the City Attorney and provided full representation to individuals wrongly enjoined by the City
• Provided advice and referrals to over 100 individuals subject to gang injunctions in communities across Southern California
• Presented and facilitated gang injunction workshops across Southern California, including the L.A. Gang Prevention and Intervention Conference
• Partnered with local community coalitions in efforts to intervene in ongoing gang injunction litigation
• Supported legislative efforts to improve gang injunction accountability
Where are they now?: 
Now that the Fellowship is complete, Josh will continue to support the movement for urban peace and healthy communities as a staff attorney and legal coordinator at the Urban Peace Institute.

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