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Lauren Fisher

About Lauren Fisher

Lauren "Addie" Fisher is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. Addie received her B.A. from Hamilton College and her Masters in Early Childhood Studies from the University of Texas at Brownsville. Before entering law school, she worked at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) where she provided legal services and "Know Your Rights" to detained immigrant children on the Texas-Mexico border. During law school, she has clerked with the Family Law Department of the Mexican Foreign Ministry in Mexico City and the Juvenile Public Defender in Maricopa County. At UHLC, Addie served as the President of the Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) and is on the Houston Journal of Health Law Policy.

Federal Government Investigates Dallas Truancy Courts

  Late last March, the Department of Justice announced a federal investigation of the Dallas County Texas Truancy courts.  Based on preliminary investigations, the Justice Department estimated that in 2014, Dallas County prosecuted over 20,000 children for missing class.  Punishing students for truancy may be understandable, but in Dallas students can be arrested in front of their […]

New Book Considers Rising Number of Girls in Detention

  An increasing number of detained juveniles are girls.  Author and photographer Richard Ross interviewed and photographed over 250 girls detention facilities in his new book, Girls in Justice.  Ross found girls who had suffered horrific abuse, and most were first arrested for running away or for larceny theft.  In the Mother’s Jones article on the book, Ross said […]

Early Stress Causes Long-Term Impact

For young children in high stress home environments, the effects can be long-term and dramatic.  A new study at the University of Washington found causal evidence that the stress response system suffered extreme, persistent effects based on early caregiving environment.  The study offers new insight to prior, non-human studies of impact on brain development. An article in […]

Is high school right for everyone?

All fifty states mandate school attendance, often punishing teens and their parents for truancy.  Compulsory education laws are different in every state, generally requiring mandatory attendance until the age of 16 to 18.  As a result, many high school students are in school whether they like it or not. Do compulsory education laws help or hurt the […]

Mexican Kids Repatriated Without a Hearing

When children come into the United States without a parent or guardian, the United States has some responsibility to figure out why they came, whether they are in a human-trafficking situation, and whether they would be in danger if they are returned to their native country. As a result, the law treats unaccompanied children differently […]