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Disaster Resilience Program

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.

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 and law students 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

This funding opportunity for host organizations is only available to targeted recipient organizations which meet threshold requirements for eligibility as determined by Equal Justice Works in order to expeditiously secure qualified Fellows to serve in the Disaster Resilience Program.

Organizations must provide legal supervision, a workspace, materials needed to work and funding for fringe benefits, including health insurance, FICA, Worker’s Compensation (if applicable), and any other benefits available to full-time staff members.

The Disaster Resilience Program is funded by Equal Justice Works and supplemented by generous funds from private donors including the Bigglesworth Family Foundation.

Needs Assessment

Equal Justice Works is currently conducting a needs assessment survey to understand the legal needs of low-income communities affected by disaster.

The objective is to collect information from legal service providers across the country on the current state of affairs and the capacity of legal aid organizations, in order to understand whether and how Equal Justice Works may help support the response of local service providers through the Disaster Resilience Program. Once we have the survey results, we will determine what program strategy will be most effective and responsive.

Please take a few minutes to complete the needs assessment survey here on behalf of your organization. You may also forward this survey to those you feel may also be able to assist appropriately. The survey will close on October 6, 2020. 

Contact [email protected] to learn more.



Needs Assessment

Equal Justice Works is currently conducting a needs assessment survey to understand the legal needs of low-income communities affected by disaster. The survey closes on October 6, 2020.