“Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere”
- Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
At SLLS, we work tirelessly to close the “justice gap,” making it possible for everyone to have access to the legal representation that they need. A society with equal justice for all is possible when low-income families are able to access safety, housing, employment, education, medical care and so much more. In times of crisis, it is critical to remember that the well-being of our entire community is connected. Every dollar invested in civil legal aid produces a $9.13 social return on investment for the entire community. Our team fights every day for individual clients, but the impact of our work extends far beyond single cases. When we break down legal barriers for one client, we get closer to making equal justice for all a reality. Thank you for your continued support in the fight for fairness!
SLLS Fights to Achieve Stability for Vulnerable People
After being discharged from jail, Lamont was homeless and living in the woods. He was disconnected from society and lacked basic necessities. His SLLS attorney helped him obtain an I.D. Then we helped him apply for a stimulus check, which gave him enough income to afford a stay in a homeless shelter and to buy food. With a safe place to stay, he now has the stability he needs to try and make permanent connections. SLLS is still working on his disability claim and hopes to have a favorable decision soon.
Samuel was an SLLS client with significant mental health conditions that made it difficult for him to navigate the Medicaid application process. He hadn’t received mental health treatment in years because of his lack of medical coverage. With the help of his attorney, his application was approved within a week of submission and he has begun receiving mental health services and is receiving the medication that he needs to stay healthy.
Housing Unit Receives "Fair Housing Heroes" Award
The SLLS Housing Unit was presented with the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center's "Fair Housing Heroes" award during Day 2 of their 2021 Fit for a King Fair Housing Summit. Executive Director Cashauna Hill said of our housing team "they are tiny, but very mighty... I have been amazed and awed by the dedication and commitment that the SLLS housing unit has shown throughout the pandemic, putting their own health on the line by appearing in court in person throughout the pandemic."
New Year, New Opportunities!
SLLS is looking for volunteers to help with our In Forma Pauperis project.
If you are interested in volunteering, or want to know more, contact Elena Perez.
Help SLLS increase access to justice in some of Louisiana's most impoverished areas - join the Rural Summer Legal Corps! Current law students who have completed at least their first year of law school are eligible to apply. The stipend is $5,000 with great training opportunities available. The deadline to apply here is February 8, 2021.