Women Children & Family

JC19E-1000366

EXPUNGEMENT - HUDSON COUNTY

Full representation in expungement

JC has one disorderly persons conviction from 2010. Fine was paid in full as of September 2010. She resides in NY and is a domestic violence survivor. She is a native Spanish-speaker but understands and communicates in English very well. JC needs full representation for expungement petition. There is also an online article and mugshot detailing the arrest that could potentially be removed with advocacy post-expungement.

To review, email jchavez@vljnj.org

MD19E-1002003

SPECIAL EDUCATION - BERGEN COUNTY

Negotiation with district to obtain out-of-district placement and possible IEEs

NY is a 10-year-old 4th-grader who has been diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety disorder, ODD, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, sensory processing disorder, and PTSD. She suffers from emotional problems that are increasingly interfering with her education and which are not being addressed at school. She has begun refusing to go to school and responding aggressively when compelled to go. Her doctor recommended a therapeutic day school placement, but the district rejected this recommendation and claimed her emotional problems are only observed at home, even though she has been suspended for drawing sexual images on the walls, found to have engaged in bullying and harassment against peers, and described as angry and aggravated in her IEP by teachers. NY's mother, MD, is seeking a placement for her daughter at a therapeutic day school, and possibly additional IEEs.

To review, email jmoore@vljnj.org

UNDER REVIEW

FN19E-1002002

SPECIAL EDUCATION - PASSAIC COUNTY

Negotiation with district to obtain IEEs, appropriate placement, IEP amendments, and comp. ed.

JV is a 14-year-old 9th-grader who has been diagnosed with ADHD. His IEP places him in general education with in-class resource support for academic subjects. JV's grandmother and legal guardian, FN, recently learned that he is in danger of failing all his classes. JV's IEP does not refer to any evaluations and FN isn't aware that any have been done. His IEP also contains no goals or objectives. JV was recently diagnosed with autism, but FN does not believe any autism assessment was conducted, and JV's classification (Specific Learning Disability) and program did not change. FN is seeking appropriate IEEs, placement (either in- or out-of-district), transition services or supports, and goals and objectives in the IEP, as well as compensatory education.

To review, email jmoore@vljnj.org

UNDER REVIEW

KW19E-1002001

SPECIAL EDUCATION - UNION COUNTY

Negotiation at IEP meeting; IHP; representation in retaliation action

KC is a 15-year-old 9th-grader who has cerebral palsy, a seizure disorder, and asthma, which makes him prone to upper respiratory infections. He has significant developmental delays and is dependent on a feeding tube. For years, the school bus has picked KC up last in the morning due to a complex and time-consuming morning routine including use of a feeding pump and feeding tube. However, KC's pick-up schedule has recently changed; the district claims it will affect other students and the bus schedules are up to the transportation company. In addition, the district has failed to provide appropriate transition services to KC. His IEP is vague and not tailored to his postsecondary needs. KC's mother, KW, believes the district may be retaliating against her in response to past advocacy. KW is seeking representation at KC's annual review in June, as well as an Individualized Healthcare Plan providing KC is picked up last on the bus, an appropriate transition plan in his IEP, and relief from retaliation if warranted.

To review, email jmoore@vljnj.org

FM19E-100200

SPECIAL EDUCATION - ESSEX COUNTY

Negotiation at IEP meeting to obtain evaluations and out-of-district placement

KM is a 4-year-old preschool student who has been diagnosed with autism. His doctor recommended an intensive ABA-based program, but the district does not offer such a program and instead, in December, recommended a typical preschool disabled class. KM's mother, FM, was concerned that such a class would have poor behavior role models for her son and not otherwise meet his needs. She filed for mediation, and the district agreed to let her explore in-district options in April and May, and to reconvene the IEP team in June to decide placement for the 2019-20 school year. FM is seeking evaluations of KM and representation at the June IEP meeting to obtain an out-of-district program that offers ABA.

To review, email jmoore@vljnj.org

NW19E-1000425

SPECIAL EDUCATION - UNION COUNTY

Representation at settlement conference to request OOD placement, additional services, IEEs, and possible comp ed.

DW is a 16-year-old 11th-grader who has been diagnosed with autism and has severe cognitive and communication deficits. He is currently in a self-contained class for students with moderate intellectual disabilities with an aide, receiving twice-weekly group speech-language (SL) services. His program and goals focus more on academics than skills or behavior; there is only one transition-related goal, and it involves simply making a list of jobs in the community. DW’s mother, NW, requested IEEs last year, but those that were completed were insufficient and lack recommendations. NW did obtain a private psychological evaluation which recommends an out-of-district autism school and emphasizes that DW needs more vocational/life skills training and SL and OT services. NW filed for due process and adjourned her April 4 settlement conference; she is waiting on a new date. She seeks an out-of-district placement for her son in a school for students with autism, OT and additional individual SL therapy, IEEs including an FBA, appropriate transition services, and compensatory education if warranted” to “NW filed for due process; at a settlement conference, she agreed to observe a program in-district, but she needs help determining if it would be appropriate for her son or if he requires an out-of-district placement. She is also seeking OT and additional individual SL therapy, IEEs including an FBA, appropriate transition services, and compensatory education if warranted.

To review, email jmoore@vljnj.org

AJ19E-100039

CONSUMER CONTRACT - ESSEX COUNTY

Representation in lawsuit against furniture company; assistance in filing hardship application or contesting judgment regarding car repossession

In March 2018, AJ purchased $2,000 worth of furniture for her 7 children from a store; she paid in cash and was given a receipt. Despite numerous attempts to follow up with the owner, AJ never received the furniture. As a result, her children have been sleeping on the floor for a year. AJ is seeking an attorney who could file a complaint in Small Claims Court and attempt to recover the money she paid as well as possible treble damages if there has been a CFA violation. In a separate matter, AJ’s car was repossessed after her payments increased and she was no longer able to afford them. She owes approximately $7,000, and her wages are being garnished. She is seeking assistance in either filing a hardship application to reduce the garnishment or contesting the underlying judgment.

To review, email jmoore@vljnj.org

YP19E-1001001

BULLYING - PASSAIC COUNTY

Representation in pursuing relief as a victim of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) through negotiation and filing an appeal of the BOE's finding or failure to find HIB to the Commissioner of Education. Parent is Spanish-speaking.

RA is a 5th grade student who has been bullied for two years and the district has failed to comply with the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act; they failed to complete an investigation within 10 days of the parent reporting bullying, and if they did perform an investigation, they did not provide the parent with the requisite notice and opportunity to challenge a finding. Bullying has consisted of name-calling regarding RA's weight, writing disparaging things on the restroom walls, a threat to asphyxiate her with a plastic bag, and a false reporting that she had an e-cigarette in her backpack, which led to DCP&P investigation. The DCP&P has issued a letter that its investigation found no evidence that RA had e-cigarette or that she was neglected or mistreated at home. The parent met with the principal to discuss the incidents, but to date, the family has not received any response to their HIB report. The mother also sent emails to the district's Anti-Bullying Coordinator, but has not received a response. The parent is seeking representation in pursuing a finding that RA is a victim of acts of HIB and is entitled to relief as a result of the district's failure. The parent is Spanish-speaking.

To review, email jmoore@vljnj.org

TH19E-1000317

BULLYING - ESSEX COUNTY

Representation to ensure compliance with Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB) regulations.

NP is in 4th grade and was video-recorded by another student while using the toilet. That student showed the video recording to several other students during that school day and showed it to NP's sister during an after-school program. NP's mother reported the incident to the assistant principal the following day. While the assistant principal told NP's mother that the student who video-recorded NP had been suspended, the mother has never received any notices that the incident was considered Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB). The mother is concerned because the district does not seem to have done anything to ensure that the recording was secured. The principal told NP's mother that the district does not secure the recording because that would be promoting child pornography. Instead, the principal said that it was the responsibility of the parents of the student who made the recording to deal with the recording. The parent is seeking representation to ensure that the video-recording of NP has been destroyed and that incidents like this one do not occur again.

To review, email jmoore@vljnj.org

DC19E-1000148

AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT - ESSEX COUNTY

Special Civil trial date March 21, 2019

DC was in a car accident. She is being sued by an insurance company as a subrogee from seeking recovery for damages the company paid out to the individual in the car accident. After trying to put in a claim with her own insurance company, DC discovered she has only personal injury coverage, not liability and therefore DC’s claim was denied. DC said she has no assets and her only source of income is SS disability benefits. A special civil part trial is scheduled for March 21.

To review, email jchavez@vljnj.org

LG18E-1001457

HUMAN TRAFFICKING - PASSAIC COUNTY

Full representation

LG is a victim of human trafficking seeking assistance with termination of parental rights and adoption. LG was trafficked by her former partner and father of her two children for many years, until he was finally sent to jail for domestic violence. The trafficker was very abusive to LG and their children. LG has since married another man who has helped her raise the children. LG's husband would like to pursue step parent adoption. The trafficker is set to be released from jail this fall and has been threatening to take the children back to his home country. She would like to terminate the trafficker's parental rights prior to his release and have her husband pursue adoption of her two children.

To review, email jchavez@vljnj.org