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Resources for Pro Bono Volunteers

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American Samoa - Tropical Cyclone Gita

To Volunteer: Please fill this form out if you are interested in providing legal assistance to disaster survivors in American Samoa.  The disaster legal services hotline is operated by intake specialists from American Samoa Legal Aid, Inc.  Survivors that are not able to obtain assistance from ASLA will be referred to an attorney barred in American Samoa, or a volunteer attorney from the continental United States.

American Samoa Legal  Aid,  the American  Samoa  Bar  Association,  the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABAYLD), and other organizations are organizing to help provide free legal and recovery assistance to people affected by Tropical Storm Gita.  A representative of the YLD DLS program will be in Pago Pago, American Samoa to provide disaster legal services training and a public workshop. For the full press release and training dates, please click here.

California - Northern & Southern Wildfires

U.S. Virgin Islands - Hurricane María

Puerto Rico - Hurricane María

  • Urgent litigation needed for Puerto Rican families in New York - LatinoJustice PRLDEF is seeking immediate pro bono assistance to file a lawsuit to compel the federal government to continue housing aid to approximately 2,000 families who were evacuated from Puerto Rico because of Hurricane María and have not yet been able to find permanent housing. Without this aid, these families are highly likely to become homeless. For additional information, please contact jortiz@probono.net. 
  • Hurricane María Legal Assistance: Building a Legal Corps for Puerto Rico - Volunteer Form
  • ABA-YLD Disaster Legal Services Hotline - Volunteer Attorney Intake Form 
  • Puerto Rican Bar Association: Additional Ways to Help Puerto Rico- Legal Corps
  • Louisiana Civil Justice Center: Disaster Relief
  • Voluntariado Legal Puerto Rico
  • ​There will be FEMA Appeals Clinics hosted by LatinoJustice in New York for Puerto Ricans who have relocated to the NY/NJ area. This is an opportunity to help families from Puerto Rico with their FEMA Appeals. For more information and to sign up for March & April 2018 clinics, please e-mail ayudalegalPR@latinojustice.org
  • April 14, 2018 - Elizabeth, NJ - click here 
  • April 16, 2018 - New York, NY - click here

Texas- Hurricane Harvey

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For free resources, please click below. 

      

 

free legal help in your state: LawHelp.org

  • Recovering from Disaster | by FEMA
  • DisasterAssistance.gov | A secure, user-friendly web portal that consolidates information about federally funded government assistance to disaster victims, including the ability to apply for FEMA benefits directly online. [Example of body paragraph copy]
  • State Offices of Emergency Management | A list of the emergency management offices in all 50 states plus territories.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline | The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline | The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.
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If you are a pro bono or legal services attorney working on a disaster-related case and have a question, consider contacting the National Disaster Legal Aid Advisory Group to tap into their expertise and experience.