2014 Grant Recipients

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN LEGAL RESOURCE CENTER
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center is a 13-year-old organization whose mission is to advocate for the legal and civil rights of low-income Asian Americans with limited English proficiency in Metro-DC. They accomplish this mission through linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate legal services, community legal education and advocacy. The WBAF grant will support the implement the Justice for Filipino Teachers to provide legal representation to the victimized teachers in seeking immigration relief.

BREAD FOR THE CITY
Bread for the City began as a volunteer-run free health clinic in 1974. Over the years, their programs grew to include the addition of a legal clinic, social services program, and, most recently, an advocacy program. Their mission is to provide vulnerable residents of Washington, DC, with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. The WBAF grant will assist the operation of Bread for the City’s Domestic Violence Community Legal Services Project, which serves low income minority women in their fight to obtain protection from domestic violence. @BreadfortheCity

BREAK THE CYCLE
Break the Cycle believes everyone has the right to safe and healthy relationships, and its mission is to engage, educate, and empower youth to build lives and communities free from domestic violence. They are the leading, national nonprofit organization addressing teen dating violence. The WBAF grant will support the improved delivery and expansion of the legal services program. Break the Cycle provides representation in campus administrative proceedings, as well as family, employment, and housing matters; accompanies survivors to meet with police and/or prosecutors to report abuse and assists in criminal prosecution; and makes appropriate referrals to social services. @BreaktheCycleDV

DC VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROJECT
The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to address the critical shortage of legal assistance for low-income people in Washington DC, especially in cases involving domestic violence. The WBAF grant will support the Domestic Violence Program in increasing the number of domestic violence survivors the volunteer attorneys can represent in protection order petitions and related custody, divorce, and child support matters. In 2013 DCVLP will increase their staff from one full-time supervising attorney to one full-time and two part-time supervisors allowing DCVLP to significantly increase the number of women served. @DCVLP

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL EMPOWERMENT AND APPEALS PROJECT
DV LEAP’s mission is to provide a stronger voice for justice by fighting to overturn unjust trial court outcomes; advancing legal protections for victims of domestic violence and their children though expert appellate advocacy, training lawyers, psychologists and judges on best practices; and spearheading domestic violence litigation in the Supreme Court. The WBAF grant supports its DC project, DC LEAP. @DV_LEAP

LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
For more than 80 years, Legal Aid’s mission has been to make justice real – in individual and systematic ways – for persons living in poverty in the District of Columbia. The WBAF grant will support the Domestic Violence Underserved Communities Representation Project to address the need of domestic violence survivors living in underserved areas – particularly in areas such as Wards 4, 5, and 6 – where poverty rates (and incidences to domestic violence) have increased in recent years. @LegalAidDC

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM
Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP) is a private, non-profit law firm that has been providing free civil legal services to low-income residents of the District of Columbia since 1964. The WBAF grant supports the WBAF Housing Conditions Project to remedy dangerous housing conditions for vulnerable women and their children through direct representation and the empowerment of women. 

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