“Close to 40 percent of Californian families, or 3.5 million California households, are struggling to make ends meet. When these families receive a ticket, they are faced with a false choice: Do I buy food for my family, pay my rent, or pay this ticket?”
We join with legal service organizations throughout California in calling on the state to provide $30 million to reach the national average in civil legal aid funding. President Trump’s budget threatens to eliminate all federal aid provided through the Legal Services Corporation. That leaves the state’s Equal Access Fund to help bridge this growing gap. Established in 1999, the fund receives just $10 million a year, a number that has only been boosted once – a $5 million increase that many of us fought hard for in this year’s state budget.
Presidential Memorandum draws connection between access to civil legal aid and the health of individuals and communities.
An op-ed by a California deputy attorney general reflecting on his his time at Inner City Law Center. One observation: “Civil legal aid is critical.”
No matter how sensitive to a child’s needs an immigration judge may be, unrepresented children don’t stand much of a chance.