Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria disrupted the lives of thousands of families and created acute and long-term legal crises in affected communities.
Those living on the margins of society—particularly low-income, elderly, and undocumented immigrants—have experienced the worst effects of these disasters. The Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps (DRLC) mobilizes 23 Fellows to deliver critical legal assistance to disaster-affected communities in Texas and Florida.
Fellows are hosted at legal services organizations for a two-year term, where they provide legal assistance on issues related to housing, public benefits, employment, disability rights, immigration, and other disaster-related legal issues. Fellows will also expand the capacity of legal services organizations to ensure that all residents have access to the services they need to stabilize and rebuild their lives. Fellows receive substantive and skills-based training before the start of the program, which will equip them with the tools they need to assist with disaster recovery.
The Disaster Recovery Legal Corps has received philanthropic support from the American Red Cross, Bigglesworth Family Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Florida Bar Foundation, Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, Sharon and Ivan Fong Family Foundation, and the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.
See Program Host Organizations below for currently-available opportunities to serve as a Fellow through the Disaster Recovery Legal Corps. Please note that the remaining DRLC Fellowship positions are one year in duration.
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