“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
– Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The American legal system is complex for anyone. But for someone who is living in poverty and unable to hire an attorney, our legal system is downright intimidating. For the past 50 years, LAF has provided people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago with free professional legal services. Each year, LAF makes equal justice a reality, impacting the lives of more than 30,000 of the most vulnerable members of our community.
Each issue is unique, and each of LAF’s 100 full-time attorneys and staff gives their clients individualized attention. Their work results in such successes as the gaining custody of a child, obtaining an order of protection against an abusive spouse, preventing an unfair eviction, or getting justice for a victim of consumer fraud. LAF’s work starts by making the legal system accessible to clients and concludes with a resolution that changes their lives and gets them back on track.
LAF’s work is more important than ever. The number of people living in poverty in Cook County has increased by half a million people. In a single year, LAF helped over 1,600 families whose homes were in foreclosure. In that same year, LAF kept 6,400 people from homelessness by preventing unfair evictions or saving subsidized housing vouchers. Furthermore, 60 percent of LAF’s clients are women, many of them raising children on their own.
Today, governmental budget cuts are a financial reality. But LAF’s services have never been more needed. So LAF relies on private donations to fulfill its mission.
This blog is an extension of our outreach work. Here you will find a more personal touch on the LAF experience. We’ll share client stories, staff successes, and keep you up to date on everything happening around the office and throughout Cook County. You can find out more about LAF at our website, www.lafchicago.org, on our facebook page, www.facebook.com/equaljusticestartshere, or on our Twitter, @ChicagoLAF. If you’re a client in search of our services, please call our general intake line at 312-341-1070. If you’re interested in joining our Young Professionals Board, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-347-8382. If you’re an attorney or professional and would like information about volunteering, contact us at email@example.com or 312-347-8360. If you’re interested in donating to support LAF, please visit our Donate page by clicking here.
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