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White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable Releases First Annual Report

December 7, 2016


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The White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (WH-LAIR) has released “Expanding Access to Justice, Strengthening Federal Programs.” This first annual report to the President, funded by the Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice, highlights steps that 22 federal agency members of WH-LAIR have taken to integrate civil legal aid into programs serving low-income and vulnerable individuals.

The report serves as a blueprint for how federal agencies can expand their collaborations with legal aid to address issues, such as domestic violence, human trafficking, crime, reentry, financial exploitation of the elderly, and veteran homelessness. The report includes research and data on the efficacy of legal aid and makes policy recommendations for improving access to civil legal aid for youth, families, tribal communities, and special populations.

Among the programs highlighted in the report are:

- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and OJJDP’s Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program

- OJJDP’s Smart on Juvenile Justice reentry legal services fellowship program run by the National Juvenile Defender Center.

Resources:

View and download the report.

Access a fact sheet to learn more about the first annual report’s highlights.

Read a blog post about the report by WH-LAIR designated co-chairs Bill Baer and Roy Austin.

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