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Chicago Tribune

Annie Sweeney

16 March 2021

Illinois, United States

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The Women and Survivors Project provides legal representation to women imprisoned for crimes that stemmed from histories of abuse. Nearly all incarcerated women have suffered violent abuse. Many end up punished for fi...

The Columbia Chronicle

Lauren Leazenby

18 December 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A chatbox is dispensing free legal advice and even writing and sending letters to landlords to help tenants facing eviction. Landlords typically hire lawyers in eviction cases, while the majority of tenants arrive in ...

The Land

Grant Segall

1 December 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland is helping low-income people facing legal hardships and civil issues obtain fair representation and access to services and aid. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the organization has st...

100 Days in Appalachia

Beth Ward

19 October 2020

Kentucky, United States

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Several organizations — including the Kentucky Black Farmer Fund, Community Farm Alliance, and Black Soil: Our Better Nature — are working together to provide disaster relief funds during the COVID-19 pandemic to Blac...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

James E. Causey

16 October 2020

New York, New York, United States

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New York's Universal Access to Counsel Law gives tenants who are facing economic hardship a right to free legal advice which increases the chance of winning their case in housing court. Landlords typically have legal ...

CityLab

Kriston Capps

18 September 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Soon after the federal government imposed a second moratorium on evictions, SixFifty, a tech firm, released Hello Landlord, a mobile app for tenants to generate a legally compliant form letter invoking the law with th...

Boise State Public Radio (KBSX)

Amanda Peacher

15 July 2020

Idaho, United States

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Lawyers are providing free legal consultations to business owners and health care workers whose lives and livelihoods have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Pro bono legal aid in Idaho is helping businesses n...

Sojourners

Megan Janetsky

28 May 2020

Tijuana, Mexico

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To continue serving tens of thousands of refugees stuck at the U.S.-Mexico border during the pandemic, shelters have collaborated on an improvised system to deliver food aid, emergency hotel accommodations, and legal ...

NowThis News

Jennie Butler

26 April 2020

California, United States

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The California law firm UnCommon Law is helping people in prison make parole through group counseling and training. The firm facilitates conversations around insight, helping participants understand and explain their ...

BBC

Megan Janetsky

Victoria Stunt

20 April 2020

Guatemala

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The group, Promoters of Migrant Liberation, provides translation of indigenous Guatemalan, Maya, Mexican, and Afro-Caribbean languages for migrants in US detention centers. They help translate right from detention, th...

Ensia

Alessandra Bergamin

9 January 2020

Pisco, Peru

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Microjustice4All, an international legal empowerment organization, provides people in vulnerable communities with legal aid, especially after environmental crises. Another global organization, Namati, trains local par...

WFAE

Mary Newsom

30 September 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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In North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County, they’ve allocated funding for tenants to have access to free legal aid, provided by Legal Aid of North Carolina, in their eviction cases. With eviction often being the start of ...

La Noticia

Cristina Bolling

9 September 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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When the mobile park they lived in was sold and evictions were imminent, residents of Oakhaven banded together to demand relocation packages and other rights. While they were eventually forced out, they succeeded in w...

The New York Times

Joseph Darius Jaafari

27 August 2019

Diepsloot, Johannesburg, South Africa

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In Diepsloot, South Africa, a small office called Lawyers Against Abuse offers legal support for sexual assault cases in a violent city that traditionally does little to address the issue. The organization offers lawy...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

20 August 2019

New York, United States

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Connecting children with volunteer lawyers can greatly assist immigration cases. Nonprofits like the Safe Passage Project and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) work to provide children, often separated from their familie...

The 74

Bekah McNeel

13 August 2019

San Antonio, California, United States

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There is a certain population of youth aged 16-24 that are neither in school nor working because of some derailment (oftentimes burdensome responsibilities) along the way. A national organization called Nxt Level help...

The New York Times

Mazin Sidahmed

13 August 2019

New York, United States

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With the help of legal counsel, immigrants facing deportation are more likely to win their cases and keep their families together. The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project is one of several organizations in New Yor...

National Catholic Reporter

Patrick Egwu

12 August 2019

Nigeria

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Thousands of people incarcerated in Nigeria’s rapidly growing prison system, many of them awaiting trial without lawyers, receive free legal, health, and educational services from an NGO that for decades has paid twic...

The Marshall Project

Joseph Darius Jaafari

30 July 2019

District of Columbia, United States

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Members of the military who are survivors of sexual assault have access to special victims’ counsels to help guide and protect them throughout the legal process. The efforts are still young, and with that comes issues...

Model D

Nina Misuraca Ignaczak

9 July 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The Bail Project is posting bond for men and women who cannot afford to pay and haven’t been convicted of a crime. Based in Detroit, the nonprofit has locations across the country and uses a revolving fund to bail out...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Megan Janetsky

24 June 2019

Colombia

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Following the Colombian civil war, the country enacted The Victims’ Law, which centered on providing reparations to those affected by violence and war. But since its creation, the law has only provided reparations to ...

Next City

Zoe Sullivan

21 May 2019

United States

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As the struggles of refugees and immigrants drudges on, a number of cities across the US are gathering funding for their legal defense. One strategy, a legal counsel program called New York Family Immigrant Unity Proj...

Wisconsin Watch

Natalie Yahr

19 May 2019

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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In Dane County, Wisconsin, one of 13 sites in the nation served by a program to give immigrants held in detention access to free legal help, attorneys greatly increase the odds that their clients can successfully figh...

NBC News

Erin Evans

11 May 2019

United States

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Community organizing groups around the country have mobilized to get black mothers out of prison. The initiative #FreeBlackMamas has raised over $1 million dollars in donations since 2017 and comes as a growing respon...

TheGrio

Natasha S. Alford

11 May 2019

Maryland, United States

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Across the United States, Black Mama’s Bail out bailed out hundreds of black women in time for Mother’s Day. The organization accepts donations to pay bail for women cannot afford it on their own as part of their larg...

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