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Driver’s license bill “a necessary step forward for D.C.” says Tzedek DC's Levinson-Waldman

Thursday, December 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Looney
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Ariel Levinson-Waldman
Ariel Levinson-Waldman

WASHINGTON - This week, a bill was introduced in the D.C. Council to prevent the suspension of driver’s licenses of low-income residents with outstanding parking and traffic fines. Anti-poverty advocates have called the practice of suspending licenses for unpaid court debts an unfair form of punishment, and the bill would stop the city from enforcing these suspensions. More details about the bill are outlined in an article by Justin Wm. Moyer in Wednesday’s Washington Post.

Tzedek DC founder and president Ariel Levinson-Waldman agrees such suspensions are unfair and told The Washington Post that the legislation, “if adopted, will be a necessary step forward for D.C.” Tzedek DC’s Summer Staff Counsel and UDC Law student LaNise Salley have worked extensively on driver’s license suspension reform issues, and other UDC Law students are expected to help continue the work.

The mission of Tzedek DC, an independent public interest center headquartered at UDC Law, is to “safeguard the legal rights of low-income D.C. residents dealing with often unjust, abusive, and illegal debt collection practices, as well as other consumer protection problems like credit reporting issues, identity theft, and predatory lending.”

In addition to heading Tzedek DC, Levinson-Waldman is an adjunct professor at UDC Law.


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