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Partner Profile: Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas

Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas, Executive Director of Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc and recipient of the 2017 Scoutt Prize.​

Name Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas

Job/Position Executive Director

Organization Advocates for Justice and Education

Years on the Job Almost 13 years

Little Known Fact About Your Organization Our first office was located in Allen Chapel AME Church on Alabama Ave., SE

Where did you grow up? Washington, D.C.

What brought you to DC? It’s home

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn? Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment. I learned word processing.


Daily Habit Prayer with my children

Favorite app Word Streak

Favorite Movie Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Vacation Spot Virginia Beach

Guilty Pleasure Chocolate chip cookies and milk

One Item from your Bucket List Travel to South Africa

Hobbies Reading fiction and writing poetry

Your News Source Newspapers, radio and t.v.

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is… My purse


Most rewarding element of your work Empowering others to self advocate

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be a… Psychologist


Legal aid is important to me because . . . It provides access to basic necessities

My dream for the legal system is… Equitable access to fair & just resolutions

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is… Economic stability & habitable housing

Would you like to tell us about your role in DC’s legal aid community? Fill out our ​Partner Profile Survey and share your story in an upcoming newsletter.


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