As we enter the Foundation's 40th year, we are taking a step back to reflect on all we've done in that time, with the help of you, our community partners. Through the last four decades, we have provided funding and resources to empower people, protect families, and strengthen communities across the District. Take a moment to read a story about a DC resident who received critical legal help through DCBF's funding, the recipient of our annual Jerrold Scoutt Prize for exceptional legal services attorneys, and about our Call to Action Co-Chair, Shirley Higuchi, in our Partner Profile. We're proud of everything we've been able to achieve together in 40 years to make justice more accessible for some of DC's most vulnerable populations, but there is still much work to be done. This year, be a part of that, and join us in fighting for access to justice.
A young woman had her first child when she was 15, and her abusive, on and off relationship continued with the father of her child for another 8 years, eventually resulting in a second child. Throughout the eight years, their relationship had been marked by serious violence. She came to DCVLP looking for help to get out of this relationship.
Last week, the DC Bar Foundation awarded more than $380,000 to 68 legal aid attorneys through its loan repayment assistance programs (LRAP). These attorneys work for DC legal aid organizations and provide free civil legal assistance to low-income District residents. The DC Bar Foundation has granted over $2.8 million to 190 civil legal aid attorneys since LRAP’s inception in 2007.
2016 is nearly over, but for the nearly 110,00 DC residents living in poverty, there are still many life-threatening challenges yet to face. The DC Bar Foundation helps make a difference in the lives of local residents, families, and communities, but we cannot continue this critical work without your support. As the calendar year comes to an end, I hope that you will consider making a donation to the Foundation in order to bridge the gap between available resources and crucial needs. From all of us at DCBF, we wish you a happy holiday and a joyful new year!
This month has seen a wonderful outpouring of support from you, DC's civil legal aid community. Thanks to all who came to (and sang at!) DCBF's first Lip Sync for Justice on November 3rd, and especially thank you to the 63 workplaces who participated in 2016's Go Casual for Justice! Now, as we get ready for our annual Call to Action, your help in raising money as a community will provide the legal help that can make all the difference in life's most pivotal moments for the nearly 110,000 DC residents in poverty. Access to justice should not be conditional.
DCBF will award more than $4.5 million to strengthen and expand our civil legal aid network, addressing critical needs and improving our community through the 2017 Access to Justice Grants Program. Thanks to an appropriation from the DC Council starting in 2007, DCBF has awarded over $33 million to DC’s legal aid network, providing free legal assistance to about 30,000 low-income DC residents per year. Applications are now being accepted from DC legal aid organizations.
Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Fahad Saghir, Senior Associate with Alston & Bird and a member of DCBF's Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council.