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Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) Announces $1.4 Million Grant to Equal Justice Works to Launch National Legal Fellowship Program

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Funding to Train Lawyers and Support Free Legal Services for People Impacted by the Opioid Crisis

NEW YORK (March 21, 2024) – The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) today announced it is awarding a grant of $1,361,005 over 30 months to Equal Justice Works to launch a national Opioid Crisis Response Legal Fellowship Program that will address the legal consequences of the opioid crisis. The program will provide intensive education on opioid crisis-related issues to a cohort of early career lawyers who will provide free legal representation to low-income individuals and families affected by the opioid and overdose crisis.

We thank the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts for their generous grant. FORE’s support will mobilize six Equal Justice Works Fellows to address critical legal needs frequently arising from opioid use disorder, such as child custody matters, housing, healthcare, and employment. Through the Opioid Crisis Response Program, we can accelerate education, collaboration, and provision of direct services to help promote recovery and stability for individuals, families, and communities.

Verna Williams /
CEO, Equal Justice Works

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About Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE)

FORE was founded in 2018 as a private 501(c)(3) national, grant-making foundation focused on addressing the nation’s opioid crisis. FORE is committed to funding a diversity of projects contributing solutions to the crisis at national, state, and community levels. FORE’s mission is to support partners advancing patient-centered, innovative, evidence-based solutions impacting people experiencing opioid use disorder, their families, and their communities. Through convening, grantmaking and developing informational resources, FORE seeks to bring about long-term change. To date, FORE has awarded 104 grants to 91 organizations, totaling $41.9 million. Follow us on X and LinkedIn.

About Equal Justice Works

Equal Justice Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for lawyers to transform their passion for equal justice into a lifelong commitment to public service. As the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, Equal Justice Works brings together an extensive network of law students, lawyers, nonprofit legal aid organizations, and supporters to promote a lifelong commitment to public service and equal justice.

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