Susan Chase Named Alum of the Month by Howard Alumni Club

The Howard University Alumni Club of Westchester and Rockland has named Susan Chase, Staff Attorney in the Civil Practice Harlem Community Law Office, as the Alum of the Month.

In the announcement, the Alumni Club noted that "Susan is very committed to her community, serving others and engaging in pro bono activities. She has participated in a number of missionary work projects in various foreign countries and her next trip is scheduled for February 10, 2016."

Here is Susan's description of her trip:

"Just want to let you know that Feb 10 -15, I will be going to the Dominican Republic, Monte Plata Provence to take supplies to and assist with programs in the bateyes of that region. Bateyes are the sugar cane farm/factory communities where the Haitian “migrant" sugar workers live. Often enticed or lured by “headhunters” with empty promises, the workers find themselves trapped in the bateyes both financially and literally (locked in). The children born there are citizen-less and denied education. The poverty is extreme. I first learned of this injustice when I went to Derumbadura in the San Juan de la Maguaña province to help build a school. I have been vocal about this issue, particularly since The Legal Aid Society's advocacy and economic development work directly benefits the Dominican community in New York. Who better to speak against injustice in their birth country, than those immigrants that are seeking the right to education and citizenship in ours. NY Times did an article of the issues several weeks ago called In Exile. I have attached the link and I encourage to take a look."

Here is a list of supplies that Susan will be taking with her if you would like to contribute:

  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • lotion
  • sanitary items
  • combs/brushes
  • non-prescription medicines (pain reliever, allergy, cold, skin,
  • vitamins
  • reading glasses / glasses
  • socks
  • underwear
  • children’s books
  • crayons