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One of our guest speakers at the Sixth Annual FALDP Conference came to share her story with us. Despite her best and diligent efforts, this pro se litigant, was thwarted at every turn and felt that a courtroom was the lion's den. Please scroll down and watch the video until the end, then fill out the survey below.
Chere' is a High School Algebra teacher who recently encountered challenges in the Judicial system. Although Chere' has no legal education, she was forced to represent herself pro se. She tried to obtain an injunction for stalking against a former boyfriend. Even though this would seem to be a fairly simple case, it turned into a nightmare for her and a four month battle that led nowhere. A teacher's salary alone has not given Chere' the means to hire an attorney. She fears for her life, job and family every day.
Chere' has experience in child advocacy cases. In the past she helped victims and family members of victims while they were seeking help to protect their children from harm. She created a non-profit organization P.E.E.P.S (People Encouraging and Empowering People's Success) in hopes to help single parents or individuals struggling to better their lives.
Chere' fears for her life continually and now feels that she is a victim of the system. If she had committed a crime she would be provided a public defender, but as a victim she can find no help or assistance at all. She feels that she is being victimized over and over again.
Chere' was kind enough to share her story with FALDP members at our Sixth Annual Conference. Her story is truly compelling. We laughed, we cried, and we applauded this woman's tenacity and courage. Please get comfortable, click on full screen, and watch the video to the end.
No one can fix the problem until the problem is clearly identified. As legal document preparers, we know how difficult it is for pro se litigants to access the court system. We see it everyday, we hear the stories all the time, we are asking pro se litigants to speak out. Find your voice and tell us your story. We are working hard to put your stories in front of entities and individuals who can help us make the changes that need to be made. You can also help us by telling your story and filling out the survey form below.
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