Each year, over two million limited-English proficient people struggle to access justice in Los Angeles County courtrooms due to lack of interpreters. Real harm happens when litigants and judges cannot understand each other. LAFLA’s long term commitment to language access equality, led by Directing Attorney Joann Lee, gave rise to the filing of a civil rights violation complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice. Read about the complaint and the resulting state-wide language access developments in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times.
LAFLA is happy to announce that it is the recipient of a 2014 Legal Services Corporation Technology Innovation Grant (TIG Grant). In partnership with the LA Law Library and the Torrance, Long Beach, Palmdale, and Inglewood Public Libraries, the grant will fund a videoconferencing project that will expand access to justice for low-income individuals in greater Los Angeles.
Ana M. Storey, Director of Client & Community Services
LAFLA congratulates AmeriCorps on 20 years of service to our nation’s low-income and underserved communities. As a result of a partnership between Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps, Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows give critical legal help to our veterans and active duty military families.
LAFLA recruits Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows to serve our clients seeking help from our Veterans Justice Center (VJC). The VJC is a special project whose staff strive to protect veterans and their families by providing vigorous representation to low-income veterans seeking VA benefits, and in a range of civil legal issues, including government benefits, housing and eviction defense, citation defense, family law, employment law, and consumer law matters.