Often, our clients need our help due to situations that arise outside their control and that are not their fault. These people could be described as victims – of abuse, of oversight mistakes, of circumstance – but most of them prefer to be identified as survivors. Some of them include Shelmun’s client Ellen, who was nearly evicted from her house because of a bank’s mistake; Kathryn’s client Betsy, who was almost not granted her nursing license because of records that should have been sealed; all of the CLASP program’s clients, who survive violence and abuse; and people subjected to systemic racism just because of where they live and the skimpy resources available to them. Nonetheless, they continue to survive, and, with LAF’s help, to thrive.
You can read about these stories, and much more, in this month’s eNewsletter. On behalf of everyone who does this work every day, and everyone who benefits from our services and your contributions, thank you. Your continued support makes it possible for LAF to fight for the rights of victims and survivors and to ensure that they can see justice and fairness prevail, regardless of their circumstances.