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When Maria first walked in our doors with her newborn, she didn’t even have enough money for transportation back to the domestic violence shelter.  Maria’s LAA attorney helped her get a restraining order against her abuser and custody of their infant son. LAA advocates also helped her get the utility bills her abuser had incurred paid off, and advised her of available housing options. Six months after she walked into our door, Maria moved out of the shelter and into her own apartment. 

With the help of donors like you, Maria got the legal assistance she needed to secure her safety and transform her life.

Your support will help sustain our work and will secure access to justice for our most vulnerable neighbors. Donations can be made online or by check made payable to Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance.

Why give to legal aid? Read Natural Allies: Philanthropy and Civil Legal Aid

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NHLAA is grateful for the support of the law firms who participate in our Firm Stand for Justice Campaign as well as the individual donors listed below. We also rely on annual support from the Connecticut Bar Foundation, which distributes Court Fees Grant-in-Aid, Judicial Branch Grants-in-Aid and revenue from Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA).

We also rely on the generous support of numerous foundations and charitable organizations. We currently receive grants from the Area Agency on Aging, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, The Connecticut Health Foundation, Equal Justice America, The Impact Fund, The Tow Foundation, the United Ways of Greater New Haven, Milford and The Valley, the Valley Community Foundation and others. NHLAA also receives numerous grants from municipal, state and federal government agencies.

Despite this generous support from so many sources, the need for legal services far exceeds our capacity to provide it. NHLAA can only help about one out of every ten low-income people with a legal problem because we don’t have the staff to serve them. When these individuals come to us with a legal problem, often in crisis, our staff has to prioritize which cases to accept and make difficult choices about who to turn away.