On Monday, July 2, 2018, Connecticut Legal Services and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School filed federal lawsuits seeking the immediate release and reunification of two children who are detained in Connecticut by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement. Click here to learn more about the suit and read the […]
HOW WE SOLVE PROBLEMS
HOW WE SOLVE PROBLEMS
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.
NEW CASES OPENED IN 2017
TOTAL CASES HANDLED (NEW + CARRIED INTO THE YEAR)
KEY LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
SAFE TRANSITIONS TO ADULTHOOD FOR IMMIGRANT YOUTH
CLS joined a coalition of allies in advocating successfully for the passage of HB 5185. The bill, which became Public Act 18-92, will 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.
PROTECTING COVERAGE FOR MEDICARE RECIPIENTS
Without legislative action, draconian cuts set to take effect on July 1, 2018, would have slashed prescription medication coverage for more than 100,000 low-income elderly people in Connecticut. CLS worked with allies to find a common-sense solution that protects vulnerable people against losing life-saving medication. And it worked: The budget that ultimately passed in May, 2018, restored full funding!
TRAINING AND EDUCATION EVENTS
TOWNS WHERE EVENTS WERE LOCATED
Anne Louise Blanchard
Litigation and Advocacy Director
SOME OF OUR ACTIVE LITIGATION PROJECTS
In 1984, the NAACP sued the city of Norwalk, CT, alleging rampant housing discrimination. Connecticut Legal Services stood shoulder to shoulder with the NAACP, representing a handful of African-American plaintiffs who had themselves been the victims of unfair housing discrimination. Now, 34 years later, CLS is proud to represent the Norwalk NAACP in negotiations with the […]