The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a rise in legal needs for families in poverty. For urgent issues of unemployment, domestic violence, and eviction, legal aid attorneys are part of the first line response in the current crisis and will be key to recovery efforts. Legal aid helps families access critical safety net benefits, fight an eviction, secure a domestic violence protection order, help immigrants gain asylum, and fight workplace discrimination to provide security and pathway out of poverty.
Unlike criminal cases, the Constitution does not guarantee legal assistance in civil cases. Without help, too many low-income people are left to navigate complex legal issues alone, and as a result, lose their homes or livelihoods. When poor families cannot access legal help, wealthy people have the courtroom advantage and justice is not accessible to all.
The Campaign for Equal Justice is our state’s unified fund drive for civil legal aid and a program of the Legal Foundation of Washington. We fund 40+ nonprofit legal aid providers annually. See our list of grantees here.
Your support of legal aid creates justice and hope in our community.
The Legal Foundation of Washington is a 501(c)(3) organization serving residents across Washington state. We are registered with the Washington State Charities Program: www.sos.wa.gov/charities.
To learn more about the Campaign for Equal Justice, please contact Natalia Fior, annual campaign director, at email@example.com.