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Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. – Proverbs 31:8-9
Thank you to everyone who came out to support CLADC and to hear Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) speak about the need for reform in our criminal justice system.
Our ministry had several takeaways. First, it was inspirational that more than 300 people cared enough about the issues of incarceration to attend our event, co-hosted with Justice Fellowship. Second, we were challenged by the gravity of the situation; according to Senator Booker, between 75 and 100 million Americans have been arrested, and we heard from Saul Green just how devastating those arrests can be. Finally, and most importantly, the event reminded us of the importance of restorative values and the need for Christian leadership in this area.
We wish the event had allowed for more time to discuss calls to action. We hope, however, that everyone will seek out their own ways to effect change in this area. We all can. If you’re an employer, I hope you’ll have more compassion in hiring. As a church member, more empathy in welcoming formerly incarcerated individuals to your church. As a voter, more focus on a politician’s positions in this area. The list goes on.
One easy way to act is to support ministries working with currently and formerly incarcerated individuals. Our ministry is always in need of more attorney volunteers and law students. And, if you’re not a lawyer, you can always support our work by donating through this site or volunteering in other ways.
Again, on behalf of our ministry, thank you so much for attending this event. We hope it will be the first discussion of many on topics affecting the clients we serve. We look forward to seeing you in the future!
Tim Bosson, Executive Director
For anyone who missed the discussion or would like to watch it again in full, it can be found here.
Should Christians care about criminal justice reform, or about helping those in prison? How should our faith affect the way we respond to crime, and the rehabilitation of affected communities?
As President Obama becomes the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, come join a growing bipartisan discussion about criminal justice reform in the United States, led by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC).
Mark your calenders for Tuesday, July 28, 2015, from 6:30-8:30 pm, at 212 East Capitol Street NE, Washington DC 20003 (Lutheran Church of the Reformation). The event is free, but an RSVP is required, at this link.
Congratulations to our executive director for being named by Super Lawyers magazine as a 2015 Rising Star for his work in employment litigation for plaintiffs. According to the website for Super Lawyers:
- To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.
- While up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars. (emphasis added)
To see the online copy, please click here. (Tim’s name is listed on page 60.)
DC offers protection to the homeless from extreme weather injury by meeting the demand for shelter during the winter.
The District’s Winter Plan for homeless services went into effect on November 1. When the temperature falls below 32° Fahrenheit between November 1 and March 31, all people who are homeless must be housed.
You can help. Call the Shelter Hotline when you see a person who is homeless who may be impacted by extreme temperatures.
All Area Hotlines:
- DC Hypothermia Shelter Hotline: 800-535-7252
- MD Prince George’s County Homeless Hotline: 888-731-0999
- MD Montgomery County Shelter Services: 240-777-4000
- VA Alexandria County Winter Hypothermia Shelter: 703-548-7500
- VA Arlington County Emergency Winter Shelter: 703-228-7395
- VA Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness: 703-324-9492
- VA Falls Church Winter Homeless Shelter: 703-854-1400
For more information, please click here.
According to the 2014 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, homelessness increased in 19 states, plus the District of Columbia. Of particular note, DC experienced the largest increase in the country by percentage during the past seven years.
Facts about homelessness in DC at a glance:
– Estimated homeless people in DC in 2014: 7,748
– Increase in homeless population in DC from 2013-2014: 883 (+12.9%)
– Increase in homeless population in DC from 2007-2014: 2,428 (+45.6%)
Link to the full report here.
CLADC is pleased to introduce Timothy P. Bosson as the organization’s new Executive Director. Prior to joining CLADC, Tim was an Associate at the D.C.-Northern Virginia office of Simms Showers LLP. His practice primarily included civil and business litigation, representation of for-profit and not-for-profit corporations and churches, and employment law. Tim has represented businesses, non-profit corporations, individuals, and church corporations involved in lawsuits in both Federal and Virginia trial courts.
“Tim is passionate about bringing justice to those in need,” said Sam Logan, chair of CLADC’s board of directors. “We are excited to have Tim join us, and we look forward to being a part of CLADC’s growth under his leadership in the years to come.”
Tim serves on the Board of Directors of Little Lights Urban Ministry in Southeast Washington, D.C. and actively serves at Sterling Park Baptist Church in Sterling, VA. In his spare time, Tim enjoys participating in local triathlons and playing with his golden retriever Atticus.
The annual CLADC Board retreat will be held on Saturday, September 27. The Board will convene for a full day to evaluate the current state of the organization in light of our mission and to renew our vision for the year to come. We look forward to sharing more details with the broader CLADC community after the retreat.