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Bauman: What Social Justice Issues Keep Me Up at Night

By David O'Boyle

January 31, 2018

February’s Washington Lawyer talked to the social justice changemakers at the D.C. Bar, from attorneys protecting the right to bear arms to those defending LGBTQ rights. As part of the Member Spotlight, Tristia Bauman, senior attorney at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, talks what social justice issue keeps her up at night.

Tristia Bauman
Senior Attorney, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

Tristia Bauman

I started my career as a public defender and represented clients accused of crimes, even though they were doing things that most people would recognize as utterly harmless — people who were arrested for possession of an abandoned milk crate just because they were sitting on it, or people who were arrested for trespass even though they were on public property and had nowhere else to go. Everyone is vulnerable to an accident, divorce, or job loss. It does not take too much before you find that you are struggling not just for protection from the rain, the wind, and the cold, but from unfair systems as well. We simply should not allow that to happen.