LACBA Immigration Legal Assistance Project Helps Veterans In Need
Surprisingly, many men and women serving in the US armed forces have immigration related legal issues that can be somewhat complex and difficult to untangle. Fortunately, LACBA's Immigration Legal Assistance Project (ILAP) has the resources and expertise to navigate the web of immigration bureaucracy and get veterans the help they need.
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Stand Downs are all-day events designed to meet the basic needs of primarily homeless veterans by providing services such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, and government benefits counseling together in one place. The goal is to provide the tools necessary for homeless veterans to overcome barriers to independent living and address longer term rehabilitative objectives through referrals for more extensive follow up services including health care, housing, employment, legal issues and substance use treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies serving the homeless.
For the second year in a row, the Armed Forces Committee, in coordination with the California Women's Law Center, helped provide pro bono legal services at a Stand Down that specifically addresses the needs of women veterans. Women veterans, who were often the victims of Military Sexual Trauma ("MST"), while in service, are even more likely to become homeless than their male counterparts and Southern California is home to the largest homeless population of female vets in the nation.
This year's event was held on July 19th from 9:00 am-5:00 pm at Shoreline Aquatic Park in Long Beach. 38 women came to the legal intake table for screening and advice and LACBA volunteers were available to consult on family law as well as tickets and warrants and other criminal related issues. Click on any picture below...
Upcoming Pro Bono Opportunity:
Volunteer at the Next Stand Down – September 21-22
A great way to help homeless veterans if you don't have a lot of time available.
The Compton Stand Down is the largest and most comprehensive Stand Down in the Los Angeles area. This year, the 10th annual, is being sponsored by former councilperson Lillie Dobson from the City of Compton. The Stand Down will take place on September 21-22, 2013 from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm. at the Compton Career Link.
For the Compton SD, the AFC is coordinating pro bono legal services in collaboration with the Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation (LAFLA). It is expected that veteran participants will have a range of legal needs, including Citations, Family Law / Child Support, Expungements, Consumer law and VA Benefits.
We need almost 40 attorneys to volunteer and hope LACBA members familiar with these practice areas can join us for a few hours to provide individual consultations. LAFLA staff attorneys will be on hand to supervise and answer questions. In addition, a few weeks before the event, we will hold a training to provide an overview of relevant practice areas.
If you are interested, or want additional information, please contact LACBA Pro Bono Coordinator, Laurie Aronoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (213) 833-6776.
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The Veterans Pro Bono Project: What We Do
The Veterans Pro Bono Project is a joint venture between LACBA and Public Counsel to provide free legal assistance and representation to veterans and active duty personnel on a wide range of legal matters.
This includes supporting the training and deployment of pro bono attorneys to assist veterans with their VA benefits, family law matters, criminal defense, tax, housing, outstanding ticket and warrant resolution, and other legal issues.
The veterans assisted through this joint partnership come from throughout Los Angeles County, including those served by Public Counsel at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Campus.
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Los Angeles County is home to the largest veteran population in the country--some 330,000 strong--with thousands of them falling into poverty and unemployment.
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"Honoring America's Veterans' is an opportunity for us to recognize the many sacrifices and contributions veterans have made to our country, while supporting the delivery of pro bono legal services to those Veterans in need."
-- Adam Siegler, Chair of LACBA's Armed Forces Committee and Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Reserve
2012 Armed Forces Ball:
Honoring America's Veterans
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LACBA's First Annual Armed Forces Ball
A SOLDIER SAYS THANK YOU
The following letter was addressed to several attorneys, as well as to the LACBA Armed Forces Committee:
To those of you who may be reading this, not directly addressed, my name is ____, and I'm a Petty Officer Third Class serving active duty in the United States Navy.
I (and my command) want to personally thank you for the tremendous aid that you are providing me. When I think about how your firm has defended my paternal rights, it brings me to tears. I've been fighting a good, honest fight for several years now and I have endured a considerable amount while pursuing the most basic visitation agreement. As a result of your intervention, I have been able to continue to see my son. But the most rewarding gift you've given me is the opportunity to show him that I love him.
You witnessed the injustice I underwent and intervened on my behalf allowing me to serve my country on deployment. You have helped me sleep more restfully at night. My quality of life has significantly improved since you have taken the case. You have given me peace of mind, relieving a weight from my family. Your presence alone has stopped the libel, the harassment, the unfounded DCFS investigations and the calls to the police. You have given me a new perspective, optimism, hope and serenity. I call everything that has transpired from my initial request for aid to this moment, a miracle.
I am quite exhausted while typing at the moment, as I am sure most of your clients are after a day in court but it is of no matter as there are no words for the level of gratitude that I wish to express to you.
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The Valor Guide is an index of legal service providers for veterans in Los Angeles County area that was compiled by Loyola Law School at the direction of Committee Chair, Adam Siegler.
LACBA's Armed Forces Committee is made up of a network of lawyers, many of whom having military experience, who are dedicated to provide pro bono legal assistance to veterans, and who are working to coordinate with existing legal service and other nonprofit organizations by developing programs to support and complement each other's efforts.