Our COVID-19 response grants will help DC’s legal aid organizations navigate hardships incurred from COVID-19 so they can provide uninterrupted life-saving legal support to our DC neighbors in need. Over the next few months, we will highlight several of our COVID-19 Response grant recipients. This month, we feature DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP). Read on to learn about the work they are doing to support their clients through this crisis, and how our funding helps.
With the help of hundreds of well-trained volunteer lawyers each year, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project provides comprehensive legal services to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, and other forms of gender-based violence, and to vulnerable children living in dangerous situations. Every year, DCVLP helps 1,500 clients escape violence and move toward safety & stability.
The DC Volunteers Lawyers Project is using our COVID-19 Response Grant funding to focus on domestic violence cases with a client base of primarily Black and African-American women in Wards 5, 7, and 8 and their children. Specifically, our grant funds are being used to support legal assistance such as custody and safe visitation arrangements for clients and their children during the pandemic.
To learn more about our COVID-19 Response grants, visit our website.