OUR STRATEGIES

OUR STRATEGIES

Legal Representation

Our core work is direct advocacy on behalf of low-income clients in more than 5,000 civil legal cases every year - from defending against employment discrimination to obtaining benefits for people with disabilities to helping immigrant victims of crime get visas. Our legal help address the urgent legal needs of Connecticut's most vulnerable people, solving the problems that keep them in poverty.

Included in the more than 5,000 cases that Connecticut Legal Services worked on in 2017 were 3,278 new cases.  Here's the breakdown of those cases by issue area.

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KEY DATA: OUR CASES

During CY 2017, CLS provided legal representation to thousands of low-income people across the state of Connecticut...

NEW CASES OPENED IN 2017

3,278

TOTAL CASES HANDLED (NEW + CARRIED INTO THE YEAR)

5,347

PEOPLE HELPED

12,394

Policy Advocacy

We advocate at the Connecticut legislature and in communities across the state for laws, policies, and practices that increase fairness in the justice system and protect and expand the services and supports available to low-income people.

OUR STAFF

To learn more about our policy advocacy work, please contact:

Anne Louise Blanchard
Director of Litigation and Advocacy
(860) 786-6369
ablanchard@connlegalservices.org

KEY LEGISLATIVE ISSUES

We're working on dozens of critically-important bills during Connecticut's 2018 legislative sessions. Here are some that we think are going to have the most profound impact on health, safety, fairness, and prosperity for Connecticut's most vulnerable people:
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SAFE TRANSITIONS TO ADULTHOOD FOR IMMIGRANT YOUTH

HB 5185

CLS is advocating for HB 5185, which would empower family court judges to help young immigrants who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected to find safe long-term homes in the United States.

Read the bill here; read our testimony here.

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PROTECTING COVERAGE FOR MEDICARE RECIPIENTS

Without legislative action, draconian cuts set to take effect July 1 will slash critical prescription medication coverage for more than 100,000 low-income elderly people in Connecticut. CLS has been working with allies to rally lawmakers to find a common-sense solution that protects vulnerable people against losing life-saving medication.  Read more about the struggle for a solution here.

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EXPANDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING

HB 5045

Connecticut's lack of affordable housing has segregated our cities and trapped vulnerable people in poverty. CLS is advocating for the passage of HB 5045, common-sense legislation that creates new incentives for municipalities to support the development of affordable housing.

Read the bill here.

Education and Training

Our experienced staff provide training, organization legal education seminars, and distribute legal information to help low-income people, community members, service providers, and justice-system stakeholders understand the rights of vulnerable people.

OUR STAFF

We're committed to providing training and legal information to partners and community members across Connecticut. If you would like to organize an event, please contact:

Joshua Perry
Deputy Director
(860) 975-3910
jperry@connlegalservices.org

KEY DATA: OUR TRAINING AND EDUCATION WORK

In 2017, CLS presented hundreds of training and education sessions that reached thousands of community members, nonprofit staff, and government professionals in dozens of towns across Connecticut...

TRAINING AND EDUCATION EVENTS

232

TOWNS WHERE EVENTS WERE LOCATED

49

ATTENDEES

15,025