Legal aid organizations strained by increase in pandemic-related cases, including domestic violence, unemployment claims

News Story (Illinois)

Antonia Ayres-Brown
Chicago Tribune
May 11, 2020
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Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Debt Collection, Domestic Violence, Housing: Eviction, Pro Bono, Public Benefits, Unemployment Insurance

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Chicago, National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)


Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck Chicago, attorneys who offer legal work to the poor say they have seen a significant rise in people seeking assistance with domestic violence and unemployment benefits. With demand for free legal help expected to further rise after Cook County courts reopen, lawyers say the public health crisis will intensify preexisting legal inequities.