Poisonous Homes: The Fight For “Environmental Justice in Federally Assisted Housing”

Presented by:

Debbie Chizewer, EarthJustice, and Emily Coffey, Shriver Center on Poverty Law

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About The Presenter(s)

Debbie Chizewer, Earthjustice
Debbie Chizewer, Managing Attorney of the newly created Midwest Regional Office of Earthjustice.

Over the course of the last two decades, Debbie has advocated for environmental protection across many issues — fighting for environmental justice in the Midwest at Northwestern Law’s environmental law clinic, promoting Great Lakes health at the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and protecting wildlife and public lands in the Rockies for the National Wildlife Federation. Debbie also serves as the Board Chair for the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, a national non-profit dedicated to promoting economic and racial justice.

While at Northwestern’s Environmental Advocacy Clinic, Debbie led the clinic’s representation of a community group living on a Superfund site, contaminated with lead and arsenic, in East Chicago, Indiana. Her work in East Chicago was recognized with the NAACP Indiana Conference’s Environmental Justice Award.

As the Managing Attorney for Earthjustice’s Chicago office, Debbie is in the process of growing the Midwest team and a docket of cases across three program areas—climate and energy, healthy communities, and wild lands and wildlife.

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