$7.4 Million Awarded to 17 Legal Nonprofit Organizations to Provide Free Legal Representation
California Community Foundation
November 27, 2017
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Organizations mentioned/involved: Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA), OneJustice, Public Counsel, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)
Several Los Angeles based legal aid organizations – including Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Bet Tzedek, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, OneJustice, and Public Counsel – have been granted significant funding to continue their work providing legal services to indigent immigrant community.
It has now been well established that one’s access to legal representation can determine the outcome of their immigration status. According to California Community Foundation, “more than two thirds of detained individuals are unrepresented in their deportation proceedings. Representation matters: detained immigrants who have lawyers are five times more likely to succeed in challenges to their deportation.”
During a time of increased federal immigration enforcement, the L.A. Justice Fund is addressing that demand. The L.A. Justice Fund consist of a public-private partnership between Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles, the Weingart Foundation, and the California Community Foundation (CCF). The grant awardees were heavily reviewed and will have the grant for two years.Tags: Access to Justice, Immigration