Letter from the CEO

Women in America are still 35% more likely than men to live on low income. And 35% of single mothers in America are living and raising their children in poverty.

In fact, 70% of our nation’s individuals with low incomes are women and children. They are most likely to need help getting equal access to justice – and they are most likely to suffer far-reaching consequences without it.1

This March we observe Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. It reminds me that gender matters enormously to our calling at the DC Bar Foundation – and to the needs of our neighbors living on low income here in the District.

With your support, we’re proud to fund and amplify the work of DC legal aid organizations serving women in vulnerable circumstances. These include First Shift Justice Project, Safe Sisters Circle, Break the Cycle, and DV LEAP.

Key providers in our DC legal aid community, these grantees are:

  • Empowering pregnant women with low incomes and parents to safeguard the economic security and health of their families by asserting their workplace rights. sexual assault primarily li
  • Providing trauma-based services to Black women survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault, primarily in Wards 7 and 8.
  • Serving young people who need legal help because of dating abuse, domestic violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault.
  • Making the law work for survivors of domestic violence by challenging unjust trial outcomes; providing pro bono advocacy; training lawyers, advocates, and judges on best practices; and spearheading domestic violence litigation in the Supreme Court.


As a woman of color, I am honored to lead the Foundation, along with an incredibly diverse team, most of whom are women. This rich diversity makes a difference. It influences our perspectives and how we work together. It impacts how we are received by those we partner with, as well as those we are fighting for.

Your support makes a real difference to our neighbors who need it most, this Women’s History Month and all year long. Thank you.

Together for equal access to justice,

Kirra L. Jarratt
CEO, DC Bar Foundation

1 “Women and Poverty in America.” Legal Momentum, https://www.legalmomentum.org/women-and-poverty-america. Accessed 10 March, 2020.

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