The bedrock principle of our founding fathers — justice for all, not just those who can afford it — is especially critical for the District’s most vulnerable residents. For children, the elderly, immigrants facing life-changing situations, navigating the justice system alone can be an insurmountable challenge.

Civil legal aid serves as a true lifeline for those who cannot afford legal help, but often need it the most.

Ensuring fairness, safety, and security for the youngest, oldest, and those new to or rejoining our community is fundamental to being American. From assisting women and children trapped in abusive homes to protecting older residents facing foreclosure, eviction or consumer scams, the work we support has impacted hundreds of families in communities across the city.

The DC Bar Foundation’s focus on Amplifying Voices for Those in Need includes:

  • Children. Placing children in safe homes, keeping them in school, and providing an appropriate education.

  • Elderly. Increasing services to our elderly neighbors by safeguarding their access to housing and other critical consumer protections.

  • Prisoners & Returning Citizens. Assisting DC prisoners scattered throughout the country with accessing services and their return to the District.

  • Immigrants. Supporting the District’s immigrant community with seeking asylum, avoiding deportation, and keeping families intact.

  • LGBTQ. Providing resources to gain access to healthcare and other essential needs.

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Arthur Smith, Program Officer

Arthur Smith is a Program Officer with the DC Bar Foundation, where he supports the work of the Programs team. He joined the Foundation in June of 2021 and brings with him a passion for racial justic

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Vicki Sussman, Director of Operations

Vicki Sussman joined the DC Bar Foundation in March 2021 as the Director of Operations. She has over 20 years of experience in grants management, grantmaking, and administration in nonprofit organizat