Historically, people of color and low-income populations have been disproportionately disadvantaged and underrepresented in our legal system. As we reckon with systemic and institutional racism on a national level, the Court Service Centers (CSCs) strive locally to narrow these gaps and provide court users with equal access to justice. Equally, the CSCs seek to diversify its team to ensure court users are provided a service by people who look like them, have similar lived experiences, and are proximate to the issues court users experience.
In seeking to diversify our CSC Team, this also includes the recruitment and retention of interns and volunteers with similar skills and attributes, and who reflect the populations we serve.
Please join the following members of the Massachusetts Trial Court in a discussion about their work, their experiences as people of color at the forefront of the fight for access to justice, the challenges faced by court users of color in our court system, and ways you can help:
Judge Janine Rivers, Probate and Family Court
Alex Valderrama, Chief Housing Specialist for the Eastern Division of the Housing Court
Jorge Colón, Esq., Court Service Center Circuit Manager
Draya Harrison, Esq., Boston Court Service Center Staff Attorney