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Elder Justice AmeriCorps

The crisis of elder abuse in our country is acute and threatens a growing population. More than 10% of older adults are victims of caregiver neglect, financial fraud and exploitation, and/or psychological, physical and sexual abuse every year.

From August 2016 to September 2018, the Elder Justice AmeriCorps mobilized 25 Fellows and 125 law students at 22 host organizations across the country to provide direct representation to older victims of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation, and to increase resources in the legal profession to address the need in the future. Over two years, the Fellows collectively:

  • delivered direct legal services to more than 2,000 victims of elder abuse;
  • trained social workers, medical professionals, and law enforcement to recognize signs of abuse and refer victims and their families to legal aid offices and other social services; and
  • developed or enhanced collaboration with multidisciplinary teams on elder abuse (MDTs) to facilitate holistic services for older crime victims.

Equal Justice Works partnered with Justice in Aging, a nationally recognized organization that serves older adults, to provide tailored training and technical assistance to support the Fellows’ legal work. Fellows also received training and mentorship from their host organiations and attended the annual Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in Washington, D.C.

The Elder Justice AmeriCorps made a significant contribution towards increasing access to justice for elder abuse victims and building the capacity among service providers to spot elder abuse incidents, make referrals and collaborate to address elder abuse in their communities. Equal Justice Works continues to support Fellows providing representation to older crime victims through the Elder Justice Program.

The Elder Justice AmeriCorps was funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in a cooperative arrangement with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Elder Justice Initiative and Office for Victims of Crime, support by the Office for Access to Justice. Additional funds were provided by Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, MetLife Foundation, and Retirement Research Foundation.

Contact [email protected] to learn more.

 

Disasters devastate lower-income communities, creating new poverty and further entrenching inequality. In the wake of any disaster, families often need the assistance of a lawyer to overcome barriers to recovery.

As the frequency and severity of disasters continues to rise, lawyers play a critical role in improving preparedness by working with community members and leaders to avoid or mitigate disaster-related legal challenges.

The unprecedented crisis of COVID-19 has heightened the level of uncertainty and disparity for marginalized communities at the same time as it has restricted access to essential social services.

The Disaster Resilience Program mobilizes Fellows and law students to provide free civil legal aid in disaster prone areas to ensure vital legal services are accessible, comprehensive, and responsive to the unique needs of individuals, families, and communities so lives can be stabilized and communities rebuilt to be more resilient.

Fellows are hosted at legal services organizations, where they engage in outreach and education, help provide direct legal services to disaster survivors, and foster important relationships within the community.

In addition to the training and mentorship Fellows receive from their host organization, the Disaster Resilience Program provides a range of trainings and technical assistance throughout the Fellowship term. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Substantive and skills-based webinars throughout the Fellowship
  • Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training (attended by all Equal Justice Works Fellows)
  • Annual Disaster Law Training
  • Final Learning Event
  • Potential for emergency travel to assist other legal aid organizations in the immediate aftermath of a disaster
  • Equal Justice Works in-house disaster legal expert to provide and connect Fellows to specialized trainings, resources, and national partners related to disaster legal assistance

The Disaster Resilience Program is currently recruiting for five (5) Fellows across the states of Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee. Please see more below.

The Disaster Resilience Program is currently funded by the American Red Cross, Bigglesworth Family Foundation, California Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the California Wildfires Recovery, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and individual contributions.

Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Meet Our Fellows

Read about the DRP Fellows who are helping individuals and families prepare for and respond to the unique challenges arising from all kinds of disasters.

Program Host Organizations

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Kentucky Legal Aid (KLA)

KENTUCKY / Bowling Green

Programs
  • Disaster Resilience Program
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps
Programs
  • Disaster Resilience Program

West Tennessee Legal Services

TENNESSEE / Jackson

Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Disaster Resilience Program
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps
Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Disaster Resilience Program
Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Disaster Resilience Program
Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Disaster Recovery Legal Corps
  • Disaster Resilience Program

Disability Rights California

CALIFORNIA / Sacramento

Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Disaster Resilience Program
Programs
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Disaster Recovery Legal Corps
  • Disaster Resilience Program

New Mexico Immigrant Law Center

NEW MEXICO / Albuquerque

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Disaster Resilience Program

Elder abuse has been referred to as a “hidden epidemic” in the United States, with estimates that 1 out of every 10 people age 60 and older are victims of caregiver neglect, financial fraud and exploitation, and/or psychological, physical, and sexual abuse every year.

The Elder Justice Program mobilizes 22 Fellows across the country to address the gap in civil legal services for victims of elder abuse and exploitation, with a special emphasis in serving rural communities. Fellows serve at legal services organizations for a two-year term, where they work with victims of elder abuse and exploitation to enforce their rights and address wide-ranging civil legal issues, such as financial exploitation, housing, protection orders, guardianship, and public benefits, and make referrals to other supportive services. Fellows are part of a nationwide cohort aimed at increasing coordinated, multidisciplinary responses to the victimization of older adults.

In addition to the training and mentorship Fellows receive from their host organizations, the Elder Justice Program provides targeted trainings and technical assistance throughout the Fellowship term. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Kick-off training event
  • Substantive and skills-based webinars throughout the Fellowship
  • Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in Washington, D.C. (the October 2020 Training will be held virtually for public health reasons)
  • Opportunity to attend one national conference that directly supports their elder justice practice
  • Individualized one-on-one technical assistance and case consultation

Fellows in the program must work as full-time employees and be attorneys licensed and admitted to practice in the applicable jurisdiction. Fellows’ salary and benefits are determined by the host organization in accordance with its policies.

The Elder Justice Program is currently recruiting for Fellows at the following host organization:

The Elder Justice Program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Award Number 2019-V3-GX-K033. This federal funding is supplemented by funds from private donors.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Equal Justice Works at [email protected]

Meet Our Fellows

Read about the Elder Justice Program Fellows who are addressing the gap in civil legal services for victims of elder abuse and exploitation.

Meet Our Fellows

Elder Justice Program Host Organizations

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Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

TEXAS / Abilene, Fort Worth

Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Elder Justice Program
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

Montana Legal Services Association

MONTANA / Billings, Helena, Missoula

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Elder Justice Program
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

Bet Tzedek Legal Services

CALIFORNIA / Los Angeles

Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Elder Justice Program
  • Immigration Summer Legal Corps

Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc.

VIRGINIA / Winchester
VIRGINIA / Harrisonburg
VIRGINIA / Lexington
VIRGINIA / Roanoke

Programs
  • Elder Justice Program
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps
Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Elder Justice Program

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

MARYLAND / Baltimore

Programs
  • Elder Justice Program

Evictions have a disproportionate effect on communities of color, women, and children. Without access to safe and stable housing, individuals and families can face a variety of negative outcomes, including long-lasting and devastating economic hardships and health problems.

The Equal Justice Works Housing Justice Program is currently mobilizing a cohort of Fellows, lawyers, and organizers, to serve low-income individuals residing in Virginia, South Carolina, and Maryland who are currently, or at risk of, experiencing housing instability and involuntary displacement, particularly due to eviction. 

The Housing Justice Program is the only Equal Justice Works Fellowship program that employs both lawyers and organizers. Fellows are hosted at legal aid and grassroots organizations in areas where evictions and housing instability have reached epidemic proportions. During a two-year term, Fellows work collaboratively to provide legal advice, referrals, and full representation for tenants in eviction proceedings; engage in outreach and education activities; and work with community partners to address systematic barriers that contribute to housing instability. 

In addition to the training and mentorship that Fellows receive from their host organization, the Housing Justice Program provides a range of wraparound trainings and technical assistance throughout the Fellowship term. These include, but are not limited to: 

  • Kick-off training event to build expertise and community among Fellows 
  • Equal Justice Works annual three-day Leadership Development Training which is attended by ~300 current Fellows each year. The conference will be virtual in 2022 and in-person in 2023 in Washington, D.C. 
  • Responsive training and technical assistance from local and national partners.
  • Regular substantive and skills-based webinars, conferences, and networking opportunities throughout the Fellowship
  • Learning event at the conclusion of the program 

Fellows will also have opportunities to learn from successful collaborative legal models in other states that are working to provide counsel for individuals facing eviction and reducing systemic barriers. 

The application is open now! Currently, available Fellowship opportunities are listed below under the hiring host organization—all candidates must apply directly to the host organization of their choice. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, with a start date in January 2023. 

Qualifications are set by each host organization but typically include: 

  • Licensed to practice law, if applying for a legal Fellowship. Organizer Fellows are NOT required to be lawyers.
  • Commitment to social justice 
  • Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills 
  • Strong oral and negotiation skills, and the ability to work as a team member 
  • Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments

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The Housing Justice Program is made possible thanks to the generosity of The JPB Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Abell Foundation, and Maryland Legal Services Corporation. 

To join our mailing list and receive updates on Fellowship opportunities in the Housing Justice Program please email [email protected] 

Now Accepting Applications

We are currently accepting applications for Fellow positions in Maryland. All candidates must apply directly to the host organization of their choice.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, with a start date in January 2023.

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Program Host Organizations

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Maryland Legal Aid

MARYLAND / Baltimore
MARYLAND / Towson
MARYLAND / Landover

Programs
  • Housing Justice Program

CASA, inc.

MARYLAND / Silver Spring

Programs
  • Housing Justice Program

SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center

SOUTH CAROLINA / Columbia

Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Housing Justice Program
Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Housing Justice Program

Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Inc.

VIRGINIA / Arlington, Fairfax

Programs
  • Housing Justice Program

Charleston Legal Access

SOUTH CAROLINA / North Charleston

Programs
  • Housing Justice Program

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The 2023 Design-Your-Own Fellowship application has closed.

Every legal services organization has dream projects they would tackle, if only they had more hands on deck. Equal Justice Works offers an opportunity for applicants and legal services organizations to design their own Fellowship project.

This Fellowship opportunity launches the careers of passionate public interest lawyers, while working to increase access to justice for an underserved community. Applicants and legal services organizations work together to design and submit a two-year project that addresses an unmet legal need. Projects must serve individuals and/or communities living in the United States and its territories and can be focused on any area of legal aid except for international law or standard criminal defense.

Organizations and candidates can partner in a number of ways—a candidate may approach an organization with a proposed project idea, or an organization may find and select a candidate with whom their goals are aligned. Candidates must attend or have attended an Equal Justice Works Member Law School and be either a third year law student; a recent law school graduate who has not yet held a full-time public interest attorney position; or an experienced lawyer in private practice looking to begin a public interest career who has a significant public interest background.

By hosting an Equal Justice Works Fellow, your organization will:

  • Receive up to $59,000 annually toward a Fellow’s salary
  • Pilot or expand a project
  • Access prominent private-sector sponsors that have chosen to fund the project, including pro bono support

Hosting an Equal Justice Works Fellows is open to legal services organizations in the United States and its territories that are able to provide legal supervision, a work space, and all materials needed throughout the two-year project. Host organizations must also commit to providing health insurance, fringe benefits, and any salary costs over the maximum Equal Justice Works contribution of $59,000 per year.

Our Fellowship Host Organization Guide explains the benefits of hosting a Fellow and offers tips for submitting a high-scoring application. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

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Our Fellows and law students serve at some of the most impressive legal services organizations in the country.

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Tiffany Uke

Host: Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

Sponsor: Texas Access to Justice Foundation Richard L. Tate Rural Justice Fellowship

Current Fellow

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Milo Vieland

Host: Legal Council for Health Justice

Sponsor: McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Current Fellow

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Jesse Vogel

Host: Legal Aid Society Of Columbus

Sponsor: Jones Day Foundation, Procter & Gamble Co.

Current Fellow

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Alton Wang

Host: Common Cause

Sponsor: The Lorenzini Family Foundation

Current Fellow

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Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps VISTA programs bring together Fellows and Community Advocates/Organizers for a one-year term to build capacity at legal services and community organizations that help preserve affordable housing and bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

Equal Justice Works sponsors the following AmeriCorps VISTA programs:

  • VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) focuses on preserving, maintaining, and improving Project-Based Section 8 Housing across the country. VAHPP is funded by HUD and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
  • VISTA Tenant Engagement and Community Development Project (TECDev) aims to address the needs of tenants who live in Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Component I properties. Fellows and Community Advocates help tenants advocate on issues related to housing, education, employment, crime prevention, public health, youth development, and other areas.

AmeriCorps VISTA programs are open to individuals aged 18 or older who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents, or persons legally residing. Fellows are required to have a JD degree. These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Applications for AmeriCorps VISTA are not being accepted at this time. You can find a list of organizations currently hosting VISTA Fellows and Community Organizers below.

Contact Kristen Uhler-McKeown at [email protected] to learn more.

Design Your Own Fellowship

Have an idea for how to preserve affordable housing? Bring it to life by designing your own Equal Justice Works Fellowship.

Program Host Organizations

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Programs
  • AmeriCorps Fellows Program
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco

CALIFORNIA / San Francisco

Programs
  • AmeriCorps VISTA

LiBRE: Long Beach Residents Empowered

CALIFORNIA / Long Beach

Programs
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
Programs
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
Programs
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
Programs
  • AmeriCorps VISTA

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More than 4.4 million immigrants live in New York, with more than 1.2 million living outside the five boroughs of New York City.

Forty-five percent of New York’s immigrants, 2 million people, have not yet become naturalized U.S. citizens, and are therefore subject to removal from the country under certain circumstances.

The New York State Family Security Project (NYSFSP) places 13 Fellows and 38 law students across the state of New York to stabilize and protect low-income immigrant families facing legal challenges that stem from potential detention or deportation.

During a one-year term, NYSFSP Fellows serve at legal services organizations where they:

  • Conduct outreach and education activities in immigrant communities
  • Screen community members to assess legal needs
  • Provide direct representation and/or brief services to immigrant families in need of legal assistance
  • Engage pro bono attorneys to represent immigrants and their family members

Equal Justice Works will also provide immigration law training to Fellows and law students to support implementation and delivery of the NYSFSP program.

NYSFSP is part of a broader state initiative known as the Liberty Defense Project, which was created by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in March 2017. The program is supported by the New York State Commission on National and Community Service, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Applications for this program are not being accepted at this time. You can find a list of organizations currently hosting NYSFSP Fellows below.

Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Design Your Own Fellowship

Have an idea for how to bring legal services to immigrant communities? Make it a reality by designing your own Equal Justice Works Fellowship.

Program Host Organizations

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Programs
  • New York State Family Security Project

Center for Safety and Change

NEW YORK / New City

Programs
  • New York State Family Security Project
Programs
  • New York State Family Security Project
  • Design Your Own Fellowship

The Legal Aid Society of Rochester

NEW YORK / Rochester

Programs
  • New York State Family Security Project

Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo

NEW YORK / Buffalo

Programs
  • New York State Family Security Project
Programs
  • New York State Family Security Project

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Alaina Varvaloucas

Domestic Violence

I will become Lawyers for Children's Domestic Violence Specialist at the Manhattan Family Court.

Housing plays a fundamental role in the well-being of families and is key to strengthening communities. Access to affordable housing can help create a safe and stable environment that improves educational opportunities, economic mobility, and overall standard of living.

The Equal Justice Works Georgia Housing Corps (GHC) mobilizes 11 Fellows and seven Community Advocates to preserve affordable housing for low-income residents harmed by the foreclosure crisis in the state of Georgia. GHC is supported by the Georgia Bar Foundation.

Fellows and Community Advocates are hosted at legal services organizations for a two-year term, where they conduct outreach and education, advocate to remove systematic barriers to housing at the local and statewide levels, and provide legal assistance to help keep residents in their homes.

Applications for this program are not being accepted at this time. You can find a list of organizations currently hosting GHC Fellows below.

Contact us at [email protected]  to learn more about this program.

Meet Our Fellows

Learn more about the GHC Fellows and Community Advocates who are working to improve housing outcomes for residents in Georgia.  

Program Host Organizations

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Programs
  • Georgia Housing Corps
Programs
  • Georgia Housing Corps

Atlanta Legal Aid Society

GEORGIA / Atlanta

Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Georgia Housing Corps

Georgia Legal Services Program

GEORGIA / Atlanta

Programs
  • Georgia Housing Corps
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

Georgia Justice Project

GEORGIA / Atlanta

Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Georgia Housing Corps

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Crime victims face many challenges in fully accessing their legal rights and receiving comprehensive legal services. Lead the charge to help close the gaps in the provision of legal services to victims of crime by teaming up with a cohort of law students and lawyers.

The Crime Victims Justice Corps (CVJC) mobilizes more than 60 Fellows and 30 law students across the country to deliver civil legal assistance and enforce the rights of crime victims. CVJC includes Fellows who focus on either:

  • Assisting human trafficking survivors; or
  • Serving survivors of campus sexual assault, hate crimes, fraud, identity theft, as well as immigrant victims of crime

Fellows work at legal services organizations for a two-year term, where they address issues arising from crime victimization, including family law, education, and employment, as well as providing outreach and training to community partners. During the Fellowship, Fellows receive training and technical assistance from the National Crime Victim Law Institute and its partners.

CVJC is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2017-MU-MU-K131, and private funding. Fellows’ salaries and fringe benefits are determined by their host organization.

Meet Our Fellows

Read about the CVJC Fellows who are helping victims of crime access trauma-informed legal assistance.

Program Host Organizations

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Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.

TEXAS / Austin, Mercedes, Corpus Christi, Houston, Dilley

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Disaster Recovery Legal Corps
  • Immigration Summer Legal Corps
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

Legal Aid of Western Missouri

MISSOURI / Kansas City

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Design Your Own Fellowship

Ayuda

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA / Washington
MARYLAND / Silver Spring

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Immigration Summer Legal Corps

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.

NEW YORK / Geneva, Jamestown, Bath, Rochester

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Elder Justice Program
  • Immigration Summer Legal Corps
  • New York State Family Security Project
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

NEW YORK / Buffalo
NEW YORK / Niagara Falls
NEW YORK / Batavia

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • New York State Family Security Project

Legal Aid of Arkansas

ARKANSAS / Jonesboro

Programs
  • AmeriCorps Fellows Program
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

Amara Legal Center

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA / Washington

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Disaster Recovery Legal Corps
  • Disaster Resilience Program

Administer Justice

ILLINOIS / Elgin

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps

YMCA International Services

TEXAS / Houston

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Disaster Recovery Legal Corps
  • Disaster Resilience Program

Alaska Legal Services Corporation

ALASKA / Anchorage, Bethel, Juneau

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Elder Justice Program
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

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Veterans often face complex and intertwined legal problems, many of which stem from physical and mental injuries sustained during military service.

When these legal problems go unresolved, they can multiply over time, creating insurmountable barriers to successful civilian life.

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps (VLC) provides legal services that enable low-income and homeless veterans and their families to stabilize, recover, and rebuild their lives. VLC Fellows are hosted at legal services organizations across the country where they work to:

  • Provide legal representation and assistance to veterans and their families on issues related to housing, employment, consumer and medical debt, government benefits, child support, and other family law matters
  • Build relationships with community partners, including staff at the VA hospitals, clinics, and veterans centers, as well as work with law schools
  • Deliver presentations on veterans’ rights and benefits, and create educational tools and resources that can be shared across their host organization and with community partners

VLC is an AmeriCorps National program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. VLC Fellows receive an annual living allowance, as well as financial support for housing, student loan repayment, other permissible reimbursable living expenses, health insurance and other benefits. Additionally, Fellows are entitled to a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program.

You can find a list of organizations currently hosting VLC Fellows below. If interested in serving as a student member, please visit this page

Design Your Own Fellowship

Have an idea for how to increase access to justice for veterans? Bring it to life by designing your own Equal Justice Works Fellowship.

Host Organizations Coming Soon

We are currently recruiting host applications for this program. Check back soon to see available hosts.

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