Bergen County

MP19E-1001137

BERGEN COUNTY - EXPUNGEMENT

Representation in criminal record clearing for survivor of human trafficking

MP seeks to expunge a 2004 disorderly persons shoplifting conviction. Fines were satisfied in 2004. Although community service was vacated later in 2017, the waiting period for purposes of expungement is arguably satisfied as only “date of most recent conviction, payment of fine, satisfactory completion of probation or release from incarceration, whichever is later” is specified in the statute. Expungement will result in a clear record and will be helpful for immigration purposes including her T-visa application.

To review, email jchavez@vljnj.org

DH19E-1000892

BERGEN COUNTY - SPECIAL EDUCATION/BULLYING

Negotiation with district to address HIB, obtain transportation and ESY, and amend IEP

JJ is a 12-year-old 6th-grader who has been diagnosed with ADHD. Since October 2018, he has been bullied because of his race and his disability by one particular student in the class. JJ’s mother, DH, has reported three incidents to the principal, but nothing has been done. In addition, the district has refused to provide transportation to JJ, despite the fact that DH provided a doctor’s note indicating that JJ’s asthma is exacerbated by having to walk to school in temperatures below 40 and above 80 degrees. The district also refused to provide JJ with ESY, instead recommending that DH send him to an expensive recreation camp. DH is seeking representation to address the bullying issues, obtain transportation and ESY for her son, and amend his IEP as appropriate.

To review, email jmoore@vljnj.org

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