Office of the Public Defender

2018 Week 6: Youth and Family Wellness

AUBREY ROLAND | STAR TRACK In the sixth week of my time at STAR TRACK, I spent most of my time researching different information to help my fellow coworkers with planning their events, as well as for the clients that they are directly serving. Luckily, thanks to the brochure that…
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2018 Week 5: Youth and Family Wellness

AUBREY ROLAND | STAR TRACK Being a member of the very community I am serving through STAR TRACK, I have always felt that I the work I do does not exist in a vacuum; rather, I hold to the strong conviction in the things that I here make a deep…
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2018 Week 4: Youth and Family Wellness

AUBREY ROLAND | STAR TRACK Most of the week was spent completing some miscellaneous tasks around the office, including hot sex kit and button making. On Wednesday, however, I had the opportunity to co-present with my supervisor, Kurt, on gender identity and sexual orientation with some young folks from the…
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2018 Week 3: Youth and Family Wellness

AUBREY ROLAND | STAR TRACK As Wednesday was National HIV Testing Day, STAR TRACK sent two teams to a couple of testing sites to offer free rapid HIV testing. I was a part of the team that got sent to the Walgreens in Highlandtown. Due to the greater number of…
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2018 Week 2: Youth and Family Wellness

AUBREY ROLAND | STAR TRACK In the week after Pride, the office was definitely in a state of recovery. Having done so many events and programming, many of my fellow co-workers took some much needed R & R. However, as I had only joined the team in the week of…
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2018 Week 1: Youth and Family Wellness

AUBREY ROLAND | STAR TRACK After a truly full week of events and programming at Star Track, I find myself physically exhausted and yet happily contented with the work that I have done. Specifically, the Gayme Night, Kiki Ball, and Pride parade all left me awe-inspired with regard to these…
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2018 Orientation: Youth and Family Wellness

AUBREY ROLAND | STAR TRACK Upon entering the Great Hall of Levering, I found myself questioning my decision to do a summer internship: “An entire week of training?!”, I thought to myself, “I’m not gonna make it”. It should be noted that I am not someone who enjoys orientations. Having…
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2017 Week Two: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

ANTHONY BOUTROS | FREESTATE JUSTICE – WEEK 2 Midnight irony! I entered the emergency room, my hand gripping the lower right quadrant of my abdomen. I looked around the crowded room filled with loud grunts and the subdued sobs of people accustomed to their pain. Suddenly, their groans and faces…
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2016 Week Six: Criminal Justice

HANA CLEMENS – PUBLIC JUSTICE CENTER When we were at rent court on Thursday for our weekly triage, we talked to a woman who was being overcharged on her rent, and whose landlord was trying to get her to pay the money that was outstanding on her balance. After talking with…
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2016 Week Five: Criminal Justice

HANA CLEMENS – PUBLIC JUSTICE CENTER When I am out petitioning for an Affordable Housing Trust Fund in the Baltimore city budget, I usually get one of three responses. Either they completely ignore me (which doesn’t bother me as much as I thought it would), they quickly sign and move on,…
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