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Expungement clinic planned in New Orleans East community

16th April 2013   ·   0 Comments

NEW ORLEANS, April 15, 2013 — Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation and the Justice and Accountability Center have joined together to host an expungement clinic on Sat., April 20, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MQVN CDC headquarters, located at 4626 Alcee Fortier Blvd., Ste. E New Orleans, LA 70129. This clinic furthers the works MQVN CDC has done as a member organization of the New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance’s criminal justice campaign.

The expungement clinic will feature on-site attorneys offering legal advice and consultation, Vietnamese and Spanish language translation services and assistance with expungement requests.

The consequences of a criminal arrest or conviction, known as collateral consequences, can be severe, unexpected, and long lasting. Employment opportunities, voting access, government benefits and assistance eligibility and parental rights can be affected even after acquittal or completion of a sentence. Expungement fees can cost as much as $450 in Orleans Parish but may be waived by the courts.

Those interested in removing charges from their record can RSVP by contacting Khai Nguyen at 504-459-9349 or Knguyen486@gmail.com. For more information on who is eligible for an expungement, visit the Justice and Accountability Center’s website or call their Expungement Hotline at 504-345-8911.

Founded in 2005, MQVN CDC is a credible advocate of equality for all residents in the Greater New Orleans area who desire self-determination, sustainability, harmony and accessibility to rights and services. We aim to foster quality community development, resiliency and celebration of cultures.

The Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana tackles deficiencies in the post-conviction phase of the criminal justice system while creating a supportive collaborative space for attorneys and advocates.

The New Orleans Coalition for Open Governance works as a catalyst for meaningful change by developing resident’s voices, opportunities for effective civic engagement, and real power to establish openness and accountability in local government.

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