Take an Active Step Toward Justice at Justice in Action 2018
How do we pursue justice?
At the Mazzoni Center’s legal services department, we fight to ensure the rights of the LGBTQ community throughout Philadelphia and Pennsylvania by providing no-cost and low-cost legal aid to low-income individuals and families. We also provide education programs aimed at diminishing LGBTQ discrimination throughout cultural and civic engagements.
Put simply, Mazzoni Center Legal Services breaks barriers by representing LGBTQ individuals that face discrimination or harassment in workplaces, housing, healthcare, education, adoption and much more.
“Anything that we can do, any assistance that we can provide to people who are trying to take steps to feel safe enough to be who they are, and to live as themselves, is what we’re here to do,” says Airen McClure, Legal Services Office Administrator at Mazzoni Center.
How do we break those barriers?
This year, we’re pleased to recognize Tiffany Palmer, Esq., the first attorney of Equality Advocates Pennsylvania/Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights and a longtime activist for LGBTQ individuals and causes.
Palmer knows the important of the work we do. “Access to legal services for LGBTQ people means access to justice,” she says. “The path to equality must involve the ability to obtain and enforce legal rights through the courts. Without it, the promise of equality is hollow.”
As the Director of the Family Law Institute of the National LGBT Bar Association, Palmer continues to be an inspiration for us in our path to justice. “The fight for LGBTQ justice and equal rights did not end with marriage equality,” she adds. “There are many important battles that still need to be won.”
We need to continue to devote ourselves to the fair treatment of all people. We need to commit to justice.