Trump Budget Draft Targets Cops, Crime Victims

Also civil rights enforcement and legal aid for the poor.

News Story (NATIONAL)

Marshall Project
January 19, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)


The Legal Services Corporation is a non-profit agency, funded annually by Congress and operating independently from the DOJ, that provides grants to help low-income people with their civil, not criminal, legal problems. Each year, LSC-funded organizations assist nearly 2 million Americans — about 70 percent of whom are women — defending them in domestic violence and family-custody cases, eviction and foreclosure proceedings, disputes with unscrupulous lenders, attempts to obtain veterans’ benefits, and more. The corporation, which is headed by a bipartisan panel appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate, also offers dial-in help lines and downloadable court forms, as well as training and oversight for legal aid lawyers around the country.