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.
According to San Jose Mercury News’ Drugging Our Kids series, foster kids in California are 3.5 times more likely than other adolescents in the U.S. to be put on a psychotropic drug.
An analysis by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy supports that if the Federal Government invested $60,000 in an account for children from low-income families, the net worth gap between African Americans and their white counterparts would narrow by more than 80 percent.
More than 31,000 people sleeping in parks and on sidewalks every night in Los Angeles County.
As research show access to civil legal aid is critical in curbing rates of domestic violence, advocates call for increased funding.
Senator Bob Wieckowski prioritizes funding legal aid in the upcoming budget year.
Overhauling the criminal justice system requires investment in civil legal aid.