Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


Feature (Puerto Rico)

Hurricane Maria, 2 Years Later: ‘We Want Another Puerto Rico’

September 20, 2019 | New York Times (NYT)
Manuel Rivera Rodríguez, a legal aid attorney, said his clients were still scrambling for property title documents and appealing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for reconstruction help.
Tags: Natural Disasters
News Story (NATIONAL)

CFPB Summoning Zombie Debt Back to Life

September 18, 2019 | American Prospect, The
The consumer agency is finalizing new rules on debt collectors that would enable them to get judgments on illegitimate debts.
Tags: Debt Collection

A cancer survivor paid an old debt, but collectors garnished her wages anyway. It’s part of a disturbing trend that’s about to get worse.

September 6, 2019 | Business Insider
A few large debt-buying corporations overload our civil courts against powerless defendants who can't afford the legal help to defend themselves.
Tags: Debt Collection
News Story

Trump administration appears to violate law in forcing asylum seekers back to Mexico, officials warn

August 28, 2019 | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
In dozens of interviews and in court proceedings, current and former officials, judges, lawyers and advocates for asylum seekers said that Homeland Security officials implementing Remain in Mexico appear to be violating U.S. law, and the human cost is rising.
Tags: Immigration Process

What Will Indefinite Detention Do to Migrant Kids?

August 27, 2019 | New York Times (NYT)
The evidence is clear: No detention center is safe and healthy for children.
Tags: Migrant Children
News Story (Ohio)

Cleveland May Join Crusade To Increase Eviction Atty Access

August 25, 2019 | Law360
Cleveland is the latest in a series of municipalities across the country that are considering — or have already created — a right to counsel for certain individuals who face eviction, a move that advocates hope will prevent housing problems from spawning other economic and health woes for families.
Tags: Right to Counsel
Audio, News Story (Virginia)

Attorneys Available By Phone, Day Of Court To Help Richmond Tenants Stop Evictions

August 21, 2019 | Virginia Public Media (VPM)
When a tenant in Virginia is faced with an eviction, they almost always lose their case. But with an attorney on hand to offer legal advice or represent them, they’re more likely to successfully fight their eviction. Now there is a new program in Richmond to help tenants do just that.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (Georgia, NATIONAL)

‘We Were The Catalyst’: How Atlanta Legal Aid Launched a Landmark SCOTUS Ruling

August 13, 2019 |
The U.S. Supreme Court's Olmstead opinion, which held that the “unjustified isolation” of people with disabilities in institutions is a form of discrimination, turns 20 years old this year.
Tags: Disability Rights
News Story (Mississippi)

Families Affected By Mississippi ICE Raids Scramble To Find Support

August 13, 2019 | WAMU (DC)
The Mississippi ICE raids swept up nearly 700 undocumented workers from several food processing plants last week.
Tags: ICE Raids
News Story (Mississippi)

Groups to sue Trump administration over rule making it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens

August 12, 2019 | CNBC
Approximately 380 workers remained in federal custody at three different Immigration and Customs Enforcement processing centers in Louisiana and Mississippi after the raids Wednesday. The three centers are Pine Prairie, LaSalle and Adams County, said ICE spokesman Bryan Cox. About 300 had been released, many of them parents, after video circulated of children left in tears because no one was there to pick them up after school.
Tags: ICE Raids

Advocates Scramble To Help Mississippi Families Caught Up In ICE Raids

August 12, 2019 | National Public Radio (NPR)
AMELIA MCGOWAN: Many of these cases are going to be very long. They might take years to finish. And so we want to make sure that we have a sustainable network in place to really support people through the entire process.
Tags: ICE Raids
News Story (New York)

Nonprofit Legal Services Groups Help Get Pot Offense Records Sealed in NYC

August 11, 2019 | Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)
In a class action suit that plaintiffs are hoping will become a model for the rest of the state, attorneys from nonprofit and pro-bono legal-services groups in Manhattan have [...] petitioned for and won a settlement that will seal the records of hundreds of people convicted on marijuana charges.
Tags: Expungement / Record Sealing
News Story (NATIONAL)

DOJ Pressed To Explain Legal Aid Cut For Trafficking Victims

August 11, 2019 | Law360
The change generated an uproar from survivors, advocates, service-providers, local prosecutors and the American Bar Association, all of whom raised concerns that it would prevent access to legal services for people who need it most.
Tags: Human Trafficking
Op-Ed (NATIONAL, Ohio)

Confronting Domestic Abuse: How Legal Aid Provided a Lifeline When I Needed It

August 9, 2019 | Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)
I think it’s important for people to know that I was extremely fortunate. Many women don’t get the chance I got. One of the biggest hurdles to ending a situation like mine is getting legal help to end it.
Tags: Domestic Violence
News Story (Mississippi)

‘How as a Community Can We Move Forward?’ Uncertainty Lingers After Mississippi ICE Raids

August 9, 2019 | Time
Immigration attorney Amelia McGowan says she didn’t know the severity of Wednesday’s raids when she received her first call from a client who said relatives hadn’t come home from work.
Tags: ICE Raids
News Story (Mississippi, NATIONAL)

How To Help The Families Impacted By The Massive Mississippi ICE Raid

August 9, 2019 | Refinery29
The Mississippi Center for Justice is looking for people to provide legal assistance to the hundreds of immigrants impacted by the ICE raids. Fill out this Google Form if you are licensed attorney interested in helping out. You can also donate to their fundraiser on Facebook.
Tags: ICE Raids
Audio, News Story (Florida)

South Florida Attorneys Bring Help For Migrant Kids That Have To Face U.S. Courts On Their Own

August 8, 2019 | WLRN (South Florida)
South Florida facilities for unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S. border have loomed large in the debate over the treatment of the youngest immigrants.
Tags: Migrant Children
News Story (Mississippi)

U.S. defends secretive Mississippi ICE raids as local, state officials decry effect on children

August 8, 2019 | Washington Post
Amelia McGowan, an attorney for the Mississippi Center for Justice, said she believes the state was targeted because “there is very little legal support” for immigrant communities there.
Tags: ICE Raids
News Story (Mississippi)

“Constant fear” persists after massive Mississippi raids on undocumented workers

August 8, 2019 | CBS News
In what officials touted as the largest single-state immigration enforcement sweep in U.S. history, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents rounded up nearly 700 undocumented immigrants at seven food processing plants in Mississippi on Wednesday.
Tags: ICE Raids
News Story (California, NATIONAL)

In Court Without a Lawyer: The Consequences of Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Plan

August 3, 2019 | New York Times (NYT)
Even if a migrant can afford to pay, finding a lawyer willing to take the case of a client living in Mexico is a challenge. In San Diego, the two legal aid organizations accepting clients in Tijuana are overwhelmed.
Tags: Immigration Process
News Story (California)

San Diego nonprofit’s legal help a tiny dent in asylum aid needed

August 1, 2019 | San Diego Union-Tribune
A handful of free or low-cost legal service providers are taking on cases of families in the “Remain in Mexico” program...
Tags: Immigration Process
News Story (Massachusetts)

New Web Tool Aims To Help Mass. Eviction Defendants Without Lawyers

July 31, 2019 | WBUR-FM (local NPR, Boston)
The nonprofit Greater Boston Legal Services says it's now trying to “level the playing field” with the release of a web tool to help give legal guidance to people facing eviction.
Tags: Housing: Eviction

Nonprofit Upsolve Helps Low-Income Americans Get Out of Debt

July 25, 2019 | Chronicle of Philanthropy
This edition of the Business of Giving podcast features Rohan Pavuluri, CEO of Upsolve. The nonprofit legal-services provider, founded by lawyers Pavuluri and Jonathan Petts, helps low-income Americans achieve a fresh start through Chapter 7 bankruptcy at no cost.
Tags: Bankruptcy
Op-Ed (Pennsylvania)

Guest Oped: A decade after the 2008 foreclosure crisis, Northwest Philadelphia is fighting back

July 24, 2019 | Montgomery News
Northwest Philadelphia’s middle neighborhoods have tremendous strengths, but have been shaken by the disruptions of the foreclosure crisis. The legal aid organizations coming together through the CRLA project seek to help these communities use this strength to prevail over the challenges they face.
Tags: Housing: Foreclosure
News Story (Texas)

Disability committee pushes city to help address evictions

July 22, 2019 | Austin Monitor
Advocates for the disabled community are pushing the city’s departments in charge of housing services to find ways to decrease the number of evictions their community experiences while also adding housing supply designed for accessibility.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL, Texas)

The Trump Administration Isn’t Providing Legal Aid To Migrant Children In Temporary Shelter

July 19, 2019 | Huffington Post
The Trump administration is not providing legal services to migrant children in a newly opened temporary facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, in what advocates say is a violation of law.
Tags: Immigration

Justice Ain’t Much if You Can’t Afford It. America Needs to Overhaul Its Civil Law

July 18, 2019 | Newsweek
There is a crisis in this country's civil justice system, but with new resolve and investment in systemic reforms and civil legal aid, we can achieve Fannie Lou Hamer's vision of a civil justice system that fulfills America's promise of justice for all.
Tags: Civil Justice Reform
Audio, News Story (Massachusetts)

Local Officials Endorse Right To Counsel In Eviction Cases

July 17, 2019 | WAMC (NY)
A bill being considered by state lawmakers in Massachusetts would provide legal counsel to low-income tenants facing eviction. In the midst of a worsening housing crunch, advocates are working to drum up local support for it.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Right to Counsel
News Story (NATIONAL)

Torch, radio…house deeds? U.S. readies for hurricane season

July 17, 2019 | Reuters News Service
Torch, radio, whistle - all standard fare in a storm survival kit. Now Americans at risk of hurricane damage are being urged to grab their house deeds and check they are valid, too.
Tags: Natural Disasters
News Story (NATIONAL)

A New Bill Would Provide Free Legal Representation For Asylum-Seekers Who Need It

July 16, 2019 | BuzzFeed
As President Donald Trump tightens immigration policies, Democrats are pushing legislation to protect people seeking asylum.
Tags: Immigration