As we ring in the new year, SLLS has hit the ground running, advancing civil justice and fighting for fairness for marginalized people throughout southeast Louisiana. Some of the most vulnerable people we serve are survivors of human trafficking who face legal obstacles in recovering from the trauma of this crime. New Orleans and Baton Rouge are “hot spots” for human trafficking due to our close proximity to the I-10 and nexus to major transportation centers. This January, designated as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we want to thank the Pennington Foundation and Empower 225 (formerly called HP Serve) for their partnership in funding civil legal aid for victims of human trafficking.
We are also excited to announce a brand new collaboration with Eden House. We are offering civil legal services to survivors recovering from the impact of trafficking in their residential program. While the need for civil justice is great, there are never enough resources to help everyone. Consider investing in justice today by clicking here to make a donation to SLLS or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.
– Laura Tuggle, SLLS Executive Director
Providing Freedom to a Victim of Human Trafficking
“Camila” was excited when she married her high school sweetheart; but after only a few years he changed. He was not the man she thought she fell in love with. He became her tormentor, a sex trafficker forcing her into unthinkable situations. He continually threatened to kill her, to kill himself, to kill their daughter. He burned down part of her house. When she tried to run away, he would find her.
How did a young and passionate civil legal aid attorney help Camila finally escape her trafficker and help her gather the strength and self-confidence to start rebuilding her life for her and her daughter? Click here to find out more.
Join Us in Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of SLLS’ Northshore Pro Bono Project
Send us your RSVP by 02/05/19.
You’re invited to out Feb. 22nd event in Covington to commemorate SLLS’ Northshore Pro Bono Project’s 10th anniversary.
The free celebration will include a 4.0 hour CLE, including 1 hr of ethics & 1 hr of professionalism, at Bogue Falaya Hall (317 N Jefferson Ave, Covington, LA 70433).
We will also have a luncheon presentation to celebrate the important contributions pro bono attorneys have and will continue to make to increasing access to justice for vulnerable people on the Northshore. Come for one or two sessions or for the whole day.
Guest speackers include…
The Hon. Beth Mizell, Louisiana State Senator, District 12
The Hon. Mike Cooper, Mayor, City of Covington
Eric Barefield, LSBA Ethics Counsel
Honorable Judges from the 22nd JDC
and local attorneys
Click on the flyer on the right to send us your RSVP today.
We hope to see you there!
Law Student Opportunity: Rural Summer Legal Corps Fellowship
Apply by February 11, 2019 to serve as the Rural Summer Legal Corps Fellow in our Baton Rouge office to provide critical legal help to rural communities in our area.
The Fellow will focus on expanding access to justice in six rural parishes in the Capitol Area. The RSLC fellow will start and/or expand our library outreaches and clinics, develop and distribute information on how to access civil legal services, and start new relationships with community partners in the area. On a daily basis, the student will be engaged as part of the SLLS team delivering life changing civil legal help.
The Corps member will gain skills in client interviewing, advocating for clients, legal research and writing, will develop community legal education workshop materials, and will support library based legal clinics in these rural areas. Click here to learn more about the position.