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LSNJ has been providing legal education material to New Jersey's low-income community for over five decades. Our newsletters, manuals, interactive web programs, and videos are available on LSNJLAW.org, our social media sites, and our YouTube Channel. Podcasts are the newest addition to this robust list of resources. Topics included will be of general interest to all New Jersey residents, but of particular importance to those living in poverty. We hope you enjoy listening and share with others who may benefit from learning more about civil law in New Jersey.

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LSNJ has been providing legal education material to New Jersey's low-income community for over five decades. Our newsletters, manuals, interactive web programs, and videos are available on LSNJLAW.org, our social media sites, and our YouTube Channel. Podcasts are the newest addition to this robust list of resources. Topics included will be of general interest to all New Jersey residents, but of particular importance to those living in poverty. We hope you enjoy listening and share with others who may benefit from learning more about civil law in New Jersey.

    Episode 3 in Spanish: Las agencias estatales y los servicios lingüísticos: Una conversación con Anisa Rahim y Al Moreno

    Episode 3 in Spanish: Las agencias estatales y los servicios lingüísticos: Una conversación con Anisa Rahim y Al Moreno

    La abogada de LSNJ, Anisa Rahim, nos habla sobre la importancia de los servicios en el idioma nativo de cada individuo en las agencias estatales de Nueva Jersey, con el fin de asegurar un acceso comprensivo a los derechos legales de cada persona. Anisa está acompañada por Al Moreno, director de los servicios lingüísticos de LSNJ, quien aborda el tema de la importancia de los servicios de la interpretación y la traducción en el ámbito legal, así como algunos de los obstáculos que enfrentan las organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro que cuentan con fondos limitados.


    En este episodio, la abogada de LSNJ Anisa Rahim, proporciona una visión general sobre las leyes que regulan el acceso al idioma en Nueva Jersey, empezando por la ley federal de 1974 del caso Lau vs. Nichols ante la Corte Suprema, en el cual el juez dictaminó que el hecho de no proporcionar asistencia lingüística era una forma de discriminación por razón de origen en virtud del Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964. Esta ley se fortaleció en el 2000 cuando el presidente Clinton firmó una orden ejecutiva que requería a las agencias federales dar orientaciones sobre las medidas que los organismos estatales tienen que tomar para cumplir con este mandato. Esta guía emitida por el Departamento de Justicia proveía un modelo para las agencias federales y un análisis detallado acerca de las formas en que la interpretación y la traducción se deben ofrecer, con el fin de asegurar un acceso integral a los servicios del gobierno y sus prestaciones. El poder Judicial de Nueva Jersey, ha reconocido cada vez más la importancia de recibir los servicios en el idioma nativo de cada uno en las decisiones impartidas por los tribunales estatales, para cumplir con el proceso debido y la protección de los derechos civiles. La oficina administrativa de los tribunales de Nueva Jersey emitió un plan de acceso completo a los servicios en el idioma nativo en el 2017. Este plan provee un esquema de las mejores formas de proveer asistencia lingüística tanto a personas con conocimiento limitado del inglés (LEP por sus siglas en inglés) como a personas sordas o con discapacidades auditivas.


    Anisa está acompañada por Al Moreno, intérprete jurídico acreditado por la Oficina Administrativa de los Tribunales en Nueva Jersey y también director de los servicios lingüísticos en LSNJ. En sus observaciones, Al enfatiza sobre la importancia de las calificaciones y el entrenamiento idóneos para los profesionales en servicios lingüísticos, así mismo nos ofrece varias anécdotas con el fin de ilustrar las graves consecuencias que se podrían presentar por una interpretación o traducción equivocadas.
    Special Guest: Al Moreno.

    • 17 Min.
    State Agencies and Language Services: A Conversation with Anisa Rahim and Al Moreno

    State Agencies and Language Services: A Conversation with Anisa Rahim and Al Moreno

    In this episode, LSNJ attorney Anisa Rahim provides an overview of the laws governing language access in New Jersey, beginning with the 1974 federal Lau vs. Nichols case, in which the Supreme Court decided that failure to provide language assistance is a form of national origin discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This Act was strengthened in 2000 when President Clinton signed an Executive Order requiring federal agencies to give guidance on the required response of state agencies to comply with this mandate. The guidance issued by the Department of Justice provided a model for federal agencies and a detailed analysis of the ways in which interpretation and translation mush be offered, in order to ensure meaningful access to government services and benefits. New Jersey courts have increasingly recognized the importance of language services in state court decisions to comply with due process and civil rights protections. New Jersey’s Administrative Office of the Courts issued a comprehensive Language Access Plan in 2017. The plan outlines best practices for providing language assistance to both limited English proficiency (LEP) individuals and those who are deaf or hard of hearing.


    Anisa is joined by Al Moreno, an approved court interpreter of the New Jersey Administrative office of the courts and Director of Language Services at LSNJ. In his remarks, Al emphasizes the importance of proper qualifications and training for language services professionals, offering several anecdotes to illustrate the potentially dire consequences of inaccurate interpretation or translation.


    LSNJ publishes legal rights materials in a variety of languages and promotes them through a variety of platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and our website, www.LSNJLAW.org. This podcast is available in video format with English and Spanish subtitles (more languages to come) on LSNJLAW and on our YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/LegalServicesNJ.


    Music Provided By:
    Kevin MacLeod - Backed Vibes Clean - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/
    Nheap - 02 - 5 March - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Nheap/
    Split Phase - 40 - Catching_Glitter http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Split_Phase/
    Special Guest: Al Moreno.

    • 14 Min.
    Strengthening and Preserving Families: A Conversation with Jerry Milner

    Strengthening and Preserving Families: A Conversation with Jerry Milner

    In this episode, LSNJ attorney Jey Rajaraman discusses recent federal emphasis on preventive services in the child welfare system and state and local efforts to help low-income families remain intact. She is joined by Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau Jerry Milner, to discuss the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 and the resulting increased flexibility of Title IV-E funds.


    Despite local and national efforts to ensure that children are not removed from their parents for reasons of financial insecurity, estimates suggest the majority of children in foster care come from low-income households, and racial and ethnic minorities are significantly over-represented in the system. For this reason, LSNJ has long viewed involvement with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) as a special concern to people in poverty in New Jersey. The statewide Legal Services system in New Jersey has provided free legal aid and advocacy to low-income parents in child welfare cases for more than 50 years, and promoted policies that strengthen and preserve families, primarily through LSNJ’s Family Representation Project (FRP).


    Each year, the LSNJ FRP celebrates reunified families as part of the nationwide American Bar Association Family Reunification effort. The interview with Jerry Milner included in this podcast took place in anticipation of the 2018 Family Unification Day Celebration. Video excerpts of this interview as well as the full video of the client story referenced in this podcast, other highlights of the day, and advocacy videos from prior years' celebrations can be viewed on our website at www.lsnj.org/FamilyUnificationDay2018.


    LSNJ also hosted a Keep Families Together Forum in September 2018, whereby Jerry Milner and David P. Kelly of the Children's Bureau, traveled from Washington, D.C. to meet with four LSNJ clients who told of their experiences with the child welfare system. The parents in attendance were invited to share their stories and suggestions for improving the child welfare system. Coverage of this event, including video of the clients’ testimony, can be viewed at https://www.lsnj.org/PovertyInFocus.aspx?v=Jerry.


    Music Provided By:
    Kevin MacLeod - Backed Vibes Clean - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/
    Nheap - 02 - 5 March - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Nheap/
    Split Phase - 40 - Catching_Glitter http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Split_Phase/
    Special Guest: Jerry Milner Acting Commissioner, ACF.

    • 16 Min.
    Expunging a Record in New Jersey: A Conversation with Senator Sandra Cunningham

    Expunging a Record in New Jersey: A Conversation with Senator Sandra Cunningham

    In this episode, LSNJ attorney Akil Roper explains the legal process available for people to clear a criminal record and some important recent reforms to the law. He is joined by New Jersey State Senator Sandra Cunningham, one of the primary sponsors of the legislation, to discuss why expungement is so important for those with arrests and convictions.


    The primary purpose of expungement is to provide a fresh start to those who have one or very few convictions, those with juvenile records, and those who have successfully graduated from drug court. The law also provides for the removal of a record of arrests if a case was dismissed. Certain records cannot be expunged, such as out of state arrests or convictions, most motor vehicle related offenses and very serious crimes. Most cases require the preparation of an expungement petition which needs to be filed with the court and a judge will then decide the case.


    In 2015, LSNJ created an interactive website called Clearing Your Record Online (CYRO), where users can access a host of expungement tools at no cost. A user can access an expungement interview, which will ask a series of multiple choice questions in order to determine eligibility for expungement. If eligible, a user can then access a forms creator to file their application with the court. We also have short instructional videos, links to helpful materials and an updated PDF version of our print manual. CYRO has increased access to the courts and helped many people who could not afford a lawyer file expungement applications on their own or with minimal assistance.


    In 2017, legislation introduced by Senator Sandra Cunningham expanded key provisions of the expungement law. The changes increase the number of disorderly persons offenses that can be expunged from one indictable conviction and 2 disorderly persons offenses to one indictable and 3 disorderly persons; and reduce the waiting period for indictable convictions from 10 to 6 years. The amendment also brings back the concept of a “crime spree” doctrine or crime spree eligibility by permitting expungement of multiple related crimes or offenses which occur within a short period of time. Most of these changes take effect October 1, 2018.


    Compendium by Split Phase is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
    Backed Vibes Clean by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
    5 March by Nheap is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.
    Special Guest: Senator Sandra Cunningham.

    • 20 Min.

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