‘I’m defying the odds’

Alisha Fox begins her story matter-of-factly: At age 1, social workers took her from her mother — single, working poor, living in a rundown Milwaukee neighborhood — and placed her in foster care. Three years later, she landed with her father, a sometimes construction worker prone to heavy marijuana use and violent bouts of depression.

Her life became a progression of adversity: neglect, abuse, incest, depression, mental health treatment, courtroom appearances, depositions.

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