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The Four Ideas That Could Define Housing Policy in 2019

Michael Hobbes
Huffington Post
February 14, 2019
After years of inaction, states and cities are taking aggressive steps to protect renters and bring costs down.

Interview

Inside The Fight To Get Justice For Detained Migrants In Trump’s America

Nicole Pajer
Huffington Post
November 10, 2018
“It can be very difficult to see the pain in people’s faces and the panic,” a director of the legal aid group RAICES said.

News Story

Climate Change Isn’t Just Making It Difficult For Farmworkers. It’s Putting Their Lives In Danger.

Yvette Cabrera
Huffington Post
September 12, 2018
Hotter temperatures can increase heat-related illnesses, reduce paychecks and even kill those who labor outdoors.

News Story

Immigrant Dads Say ICE Separated Them From Their Kids Again With No Explanation

Elise Foley
Huffington Post
August 17, 2018
The overnight separation may have been retaliation for a planned hunger strike, a legal aid lawyer said.

News Story

‘Children As Young As 5’ Could Face Immigration Court Alone, Experts Say

Angelina Chapin
Huffington Post
June 25, 2018
Kids who aren’t even old enough to know the name of their home country may be forced to navigate a complex legal system by themselves.

News Story

She Got Asylum After Her Partner Shot Her. Now The U.S. Would Turn Her Away.

Melissa Jeltsen
Huffington Post
June 23, 2018
Aracely Martinez Yanez fled Honduras after surviving severe domestic abuse. A new ruling will shut the door on other women like her.

News Story

Cities Are Starting To Address The Eviction Crisis That’s Devastated Poor Tenants

Huffington Post
June 12, 2018
Evictions can plunge an already struggling tenant even deeper into poverty.

Blog Post

How civil legal aid assists older adults

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
November 29, 2017
Civil legal aidis a potent tool to assist vulnerable seniors in securing proper health care and housing, to protect them from physical abuse and financial exploitation, and to get access to other benefits and services to help keep them solvent.

Blog Post

This Year, Honor Our Veterans By Giving Them The Legal Services They Need

Keith Hoffman
Huffington Post
November 9, 2017
As we celebrate Veterans Day, Congress is debating legislation that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to directly fund civil legal aid for veterans.

News Story

Maine Voters Could Expand Health Care To 70,000 People On Election Day

Jeffrey Young
Huffington Post
November 6, 2017
A win on the ballot initiative to expand Medicaid would be a loss for Gov. Paul LePage (R), who vetoed five bills to extend health care to more Mainers.

News Story

Residents say landlords take advantage of their undocumented status

Lomi Kriel, Roque Planas
Houston Chronicle, Huffington Post
October 26, 2017
In the aftermath of one of the nation's most destructive natural disasters, stories like those of the Rockport residents show how the region's more than half a million immigrants without legal status are often left most vulnerable.

Blog Post

Caught In Pro Se Hell

Joel Sucher
Huffington Post
October 19, 2017
Most judges regard these people as a kind of trash, not worth the time of a federal judge.

Blog Post

Five Years After Sandy, Lessons For Today’s Hurricane Victims

Nadine Gabai
Huffington Post
October 6, 2017
Legal services groups like ours that in the last several years have become recognized as a vital social service in the immediate and long-term aftermath of a natural disaster.

Column

Tzedek DC Works To Close The Justice Gap

Anushay Hossain
Huffington Post
October 2, 2017
Debt-related civil legal disputes often have life-altering consequences: the loss of an indispensable driver’s license, the seizure of a bank account or garnishment of wages, and the inability to secure employment or housing due to a bad credit report.

News Story

Grown Men Are Exploiting Loopholes In State Laws To Marry Children

Melissa Jeltsen
Huffington Post
August 30, 2017
More than 200,000 children under 18 were married from 2000 to 2015 in the U.S., according to a report released Wednesday.

News Story

Mother Locked In Family Detention Attempts Suicide To Free Her Kids

Roque Planas
Huffington Post
May 26, 2017
A federal ruling says they should’ve been freed months ago.

Feature

Trump’s Plan To Gut Legal Aid Would Do The Most Damage In States That Supported Him

Ryan Reilly
Huffington Post
March 29, 2017
“We’re dealing with folks who can’t afford attorneys, who just don’t even know where to turn,” one lawyer says.

Blog Post , Op-Ed

Hearing Health and Eviction in Philadelphia

Abraham Gutham
Huffington Post
March 24, 2017
The Philadelphia City Council held a hearing on Monday, March 20, about evictions in Philadelphia, their impact on wellbeing and health, and one possible solution: the right to counsel in housing court.

News Story

Trump’s Budget Would Be Devastating To Poor Victims Of Domestic Abuse

Melissa Jeltsen
Huffington Post
March 17, 2017
Advocates working with victims of domestic violence reacted with alarm to President Donald Trump’s first budget blueprint, warning that his proposed cuts could have a devastating impact on vulnerable women across the country.

News Story

Trump Budget Would Gut Legal Aid For Veterans, Domestic Abuse Victims And Disaster Survivors

Ryan Reilly
Huffington Post
March 16, 2017
If the Trump administration gets its way, the Legal Services Corporation is getting the axe.

Blog Post

Housing Policy Punishes Vulnerable Immigrants, NYC Can Help

Brian Hilburn
Huffington Post
November 21, 2016
As the City’s leaders grapple with the best way forward to protect and defend the rights of immigrants, I have a recommendation that would help to provide vulnerable families with a measure of economic security and peace of mind.

Blog Post

Reverse Mortgages: Unintended Consequences

Jessica Scholes
Huffington Post
November 3, 2016
NYLAG has seen increasing numbers of reverse mortgage foreclosures in New York City and on Long Island.

Blog Post

Want Justice? Don’t Be Shy—Grab the Spotlight

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
September 23, 2016
Funding woes stem in large part from a lack of public knowledge about civil legal aid, despite broad support for the ideals of fairness and justice.

Blog Post

What Does Justice For Sexual Assault Survivors Look Like?

Martha Bergmark
Huffington Post
September 7, 2016
We ought to adopt a definition of justice that is at least as concerned with supporting survivors as it is with punishing perpetrators.

Feature

Set to Stun

Rebecca Klein
Huffington Post
August 11, 2016
Children are being Tasered by school-based police officers. No one knows how often it’s happening or what impact it’s having on students.

Blog Post

When Legal Assistance Can Improve Health

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
June 1, 2016
Civil legal aid organizations have long demonstrated expertise in identifying and rectifying the environmental factors that adversely impact the health and safety of vulnerable and underserved communities.

Blog Post

Children Deserve Better from Florida’s Justice System

Cassandra Capobianco
Huffington Post
April 29, 2016
Once a child is charged as an adult, s/he is held in adult jail (often in isolation) and, if convicted, sentenced to adult prison.

Blog Post

Right to Counsel in Housing Court: The Bottom Line

Susanna Blankley, Andrew Scherer
Huffington Post
April 18, 2016
A new report, which finds that New York City would save hundreds of millions of dollars a year by providing a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction, has added new urgency and optimism to a campaign to pass a bill that would establish such a right.

News Story

How Volunteers Helped Families Trapped In Immigrant Detention Centers

Elise Foley
Huffington Post
April 11, 2016
They didn’t want vulnerable women and kids to go through a difficult process alone.

Column

Lawyers: Bulwark against Inequality and Gentrification?

Ray Brescia
Huffington Post
April 11, 2016
Lawyers help to prevent eviction and foreclosure, saving people from dislocation, preserving communities, and preventing homelessness and the downward spiral that comes when a family loses its home.

Feature

Poison Profits

Nicky Forster, Scilla Alecci
Huffington Post, WNYC (NY)
March 31, 2016
Lead paint is making New York City’s children sick — and some landlords see it as the cost of doing business.

Blog Post

How to Save a Life in the Time It Takes to Watch the Super Bowl

Stephanie Rector
Huffington Post
February 7, 2016
Getting educated about how you can help victims of domestic violence is as easy as visiting a website during a Super Bowl commercial.

News Story

3 Reasons Baltimore Is The Perfect Place For Bernie Sanders To Discuss Housing Inequality

Julia Craven
Huffington Post
December 10, 2015
Since 2012, more than 6,800 renters and their families have been evicted annually in the city, according to a report from the Public Justice Center released this month.

Blog Post

Criminal Justice Reform Must Include Civil Legal Aid

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
December 2, 2015
As our country moves toward reversing decades of overly harsh sentences for non-violent crimes and mandatory "three strikes" life sentences, criminal justice reform packages must also incorporate civil legal aid for those newly released from prison.

Blog Post

Presidential Memorandum Draws Link Between Civil Legal Aid and Social Conditions of Health

Ellen Lawton
Huffington Post
December 2, 2015
The Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable will coordinate among federal programs that help the vulnerable and underserved, and advance relevant evidence-based research, data collection, and analysis of civil legal aid.

News Story

President Obama To Announce Executive Order To ‘Ban The Box’

Marina Fang
Huffington Post
November 2, 2015
President Obama on Monday will announce a series of measures designed to reduce obstacles facing former prisoners reintegrating into society.

Blog Post

Is Preventing Injustice Possible?

Ellen Lawton
Huffington Post
October 6, 2015
What if preventing injustice, not treating it, was the key to equitable communities?

Op-Ed

We Need Fighters for the Poor — Civil Legal Aid Can Help

Talley Wells
Huffington Post
October 2, 2015
We need fighters to combat injustice and income inequality -- civil legal aid can help. For those battles requiring legal expertise, civil legal aid attorneys will continue the fight in your communities and mine.

Blog Post

Help for Corinthian Victims in California Governor’s Hands

Robert Shireman
Huffington Post
September 25, 2015
Governor Brown could bring some additional help to Corinthian victims if, by October 11, he signs a bill currently on his desk to increase funding for legal aid.

News Story

Woman Who Spent 2 Months In Solitary Confinement For Being Transgender Scores Legal Victory

Christopher Mathias
Huffington Post
September 24, 2015
A Maryland woman who was mistreated by prison guards and held in solitary confinement for over two months solely because she is transgender has scored a groundbreaking legal victory.

Op-Ed

Katrina: Why Legal Advocates Are Crucial for Victims of Disaster

Chiraag Bains
Huffington Post
August 31, 2015
To see broad-based change, communities across the country must support increased resources for civil legal aid and indigent criminal defense.

Blog Post

When an Attorney Is the Best Medicine

Randye Ratkin, Beth Breslin
Huffington Post
August 14, 2015
Combatting cancer is rarely a health issue only. Many patients deal with legal issues which need a lawyer to resolve.

Blog Post

Employing Civil Legal Aid in Closing the Wage Gap

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
August 11, 2015
Policies to change gender discrimination in pay matter. They won't be as effective though without strong enforcement. Civil legal aid provides just that.

News Story

One Simple Idea That Could Reduce Domestic Violence

Melissa Jeltsen
Huffington Post
July 21, 2015
Victims of domestic violence would benefit from support from a lawyer.

News Story

In America’s Payday Loan Capital, Innovative Microcredit Helps Break The Debt Cycle

Christina Wilkie
Huffington Post
June 20, 2015
How an innovative microcredit partnership is helping to break the cycle of debt by providing alternatives to predatory lending.

Blog Post

Mind the Gap: Bending the Cost Curve of Legal Services to Close the Justice Gap

Ray Brescia
Huffington Post
June 9, 2015
How do we use technology and innovation to break down barriers to justice and affordability of lawyers? This op-ed lays out ideas.

News Story

Payday Lenders Are Using The Internet To Evade State Law

Hunter Stuart
Huffington Post
January 12, 2015
The newest trend in payday lending? Online lenders dodging state regulation.

Blog Post

Budget Like a Freak: The Economic Benefits of Free Legal Aid in Civil Cases

Ray Brescia
Huffington Post
November 24, 2014
Free legal aid in civil cases is not only morally right, it's also cost-effective. Providing funding for legal aid pays for itself in cost savings while doing good for a lot of people.

Blog Post

Civil Legal Aid Is a Potential Tool in Helping Victims of Partner Violence

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
April 17, 2014
When it comes to domestic violence victims who are living in poverty, access to legal services is proven to prevent further violence and save lives argues Lonnie Powers.

Blog Post

Make a Difference by Reaching Out

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
August 5, 2014
Fewer people are reaching out to people different from themselves. Lonnie Powers makes the case for learning from people with different backgrounds and experiences.

Blog Post

Closing the ‘Justice Gap’

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
July 11, 2014
This blog post details the way technology and self-help centers are helping expand access to justice.

Blog Post

Language Access Projects Crucial to Making Legal Services Accessible

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
May 22, 2014
Language access is crucial explains Lonnie Powers, as many people with limited English skills struggle to navigate the justice system.

Blog Post

When Talking About Civil Legal Aid, Don’t Forget Its ROI

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
January 28, 2014
Investing in civil legal aid is not only instrumental in providing equal access to justice, it's also makes economic sense.

Blog Post

A Visit to the Patients’ Lawyer Can Reduce Stress

Ellen Lawton, Anne M. Ryan, Randa M. Kutob
Huffington Post
July 11, 2014
The Tucson Family Advocacy Program at the University of Arizona Family Medicine clinic is a successful example of a medical-legal partnership.

Blog Post

We’re Asking Health Care to Fix Something It Didn’t Break

Ellen Lawton, Megan Sandel
Huffington Post
June 5, 2014
If we are going to ask health care to do more to prevent illness then we have to be honest about where poor health originates, and we have to give doctors and nurses tools and partners to treat the problems they identify.

Blog Post

First Katrina, Now Sandy: Three Mistakes We Keep Making After Natural Disasters

Martha Bergmark
Huffington Post
May 23, 2014
As a Mississippi native, civil legal aid lawyer and a veteran of Hurricane Katrina, I'm all too familiar with our mistakes during disaster recovery.

Blog Post

Protecting Taxpayers from Abuse

Martha Bergmark
Huffington Post
April 14, 2014
Civil legal aid groups, their lawyers and volunteers play an important role in protecting low-income taxpayers against abuse by tax preparers and minimizing the drain from taxpayers pocketbooks.

Blog Post

Unsung Heroes of Obamacare’s Enrollment Surge

Martha Bergmark
Huffington Post
April 3, 2014
From coast to coast, legal aid organizations helped low- and moderate-income Americans sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.



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