“A service like this, especially now, is needed because families are going to be homeless because they don’t have any recourse.”
- Vanesia Monroe, Legal Aid Client
“Rationing Justice,” the newly-released report on the state of legal services in the District, highlights the pressure to reduce services that legal aid groups are facing as a result of funding cuts – and the devastating effect this will have on thousands of potential clients.
Vanesia Monroe and Marina Amaya both experienced firsthand the importance of free legal assistance. But for the work of their Legal Aid attorneys, they would each have been illegally evicted from their homes. Last Friday, they shared their stories with D.C. Access to Justice Commission Chair Peter Edelman and WAMU 88.5 reporter Rebecca Sheir.
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