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

“We’re dealing with folks who can’t afford attorneys, who just don’t even know where to turn,” one lawyer says.

Feature (Maine)

Ryan Reilly
Huffington Post
March 29, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV)


Six days after the Trump administration proposed eliminating hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for legal aid organizations, a domestic violence victim sat in Legal Aid of West Virginia’s office and imagined what her life would look like without its help.

“Legal Aid helped me keep my family together,” said Colleen, a mother of four who asked to be identified only by her first name. She was severely injured in a 2014 incident involving the father of her youngest child, which has left her with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. She is unable to work. Her daughter’s father tried to get custody of the child, claiming that Colleen was incompetent.