Equal Justice Works is proud to announce that Disaster Recovery Legal Corps (DRLC) Fellows Hannah Dyal and Brittanny Perrigue have been selected as members of the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD), Disaster Legal Services Program. Both Hannah and Brittanny are passionate public service leaders, whose experience working on disaster assistance and recovery efforts will help to strengthen the program’s impact throughout the United States.
“It is a tremendous honor to be given the opportunity to take the experience I have gained while working with disaster survivors as an Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps Fellow, to provide equal access to legal resources to disaster survivors nationally,” said Hannah Dyal, DRLC Fellow hosted by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. “I hope to work with the other ABA YLD, Disaster Legal Services Team Members to bring high quality legal assistance to all individuals affected by disasters.”
Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA YLD and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge. As program representatives, Hannah and Brittanny will coordinate in the delivery of legal services to individuals affected by major disasters throughout the United States. Their responsibilities include interacting with national, state, and local Bar leaders; FEMA; and legal aid organizations to ensure individuals receive necessary services.
“Low-income disaster survivors face an uphill battle in recovery, and often their needs are left unheard,” said Brittanny Perrigue, DRLC Fellow hosted by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. “I am proud to have the opportunity to be the voice for low-income disaster survivors by representing their interest nationally as a member of the ABA YLD, Disaster Legal Services Team and as an Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps Fellow.”
In the aftermath of a disaster, access to civil legal aid is essential for rebuilding. DRLC Fellows like Brittanny and Hannah are committed to providing legal assistance to individuals in Texas and Florida who would otherwise be unable to secure disaster-related legal services. These Fellows address legal issues arising from hurricanes that struck in 2017, including insurance claims, title clearings, unlawful evictions, and unscrupulous contractors.
Click here to learn more about the Disaster Recovery Legal Corps.
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.
Low-income disaster survivors face an uphill battle in recovery, and often their needs are left unheard.
Brittanny Perrigue /
Equal Justice Works Fellow