HOW WE SOLVE PROBLEMS

HOW WE SOLVE PROBLEMS

We are passionate, committed, knowledgeable advocates who use our legal skills to make a difference for Connecticut's most vulnerable people through four core strategies: Legal representation; policy advocacy; training and education; and impact litigation.

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 worked on dozens of critically-important bills during Connecticut's 2018 legislative session. 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

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.

Read the Act here; read our testimony here.

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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!

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

Impact Litigation

We have a long history of successful impact litigation - carefully-chosen court cases, some of which are extraordinarily complex, that can make lasting change in the law and improve the lives of many people at once.

OUR STAFF

We're always looking for ways to use our litigation skills to hold bad actors accountable and make systems work better for Connecticut's most vulnerable people . If you want to know more, please contact:

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