Liberty and justice for Tacomans jeopardized

Our legal system shouldn’t deny justice to working families and veterans. Those on fixed incomes shouldn’t be cut out of our legal system.

Op-Ed (Washington)

Derek Kilmer
Tacoma News Tribune (WA)
June 25, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Northwest Justice Project (NJP) (WA), Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


A lack of representation has consequences for the domestic abuse survivor who has to deal with a whole host of issues in court – like protection orders or child custody.

According to NJP, it helped more than 3,000 individuals last year in the district I represent – including cases involving 1,207 children, 363 seniors and 173 veterans.

The federal government has been a good partner for NJP. But if Trump’s proposal is adopted, this local effort would no longer get any federal help. That means people in need of civil legal aid, here in Tacoma and all across our state, would get less help, too.