California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) is an ideal partner in the Proyecto Poderoso joing endeavor. Since 1965, CRLA has advocated on behalf of the state’s farm workers and rural poor. CRLA provides direct legal services, community education, and advocacy. There are 21 CRLA offices from Marysville in Northern California to El Centro on the US-Mexican border. CRLA is staffed with lawyers, community workers and clerical support.
National LGBT Legal Aid Forum
The National LGBT Legal Aid Forum is a new listserv dedicated to improving legal services for low-income LGBT clients. This listserv is a forum for members to post questions and answers related to serving LGBT clients, and to share resources and updates on new developments in LGBT-related law. Legal aid advocates who are committed to effectively advocating for LGBT people and their families are invited to apply for membership. Attorneys from national, state and regional LGBT legal organizations who wish to communicate directly with a community of LGBT-supportive legal aid advocates are also invited to apply.
The Forum’s members include advocates with expertise in various aspects of LGBT-related law, including, but not limited to family, employment, health, immigration and domestic violence law. Legal aid advocates with no prior experience serving LGBT clients, but who wish to build their knowledge base and access related information, are also welcome. This listserv is administered by California Rural Legal Assistance and the National Center for Lesbian Rights with guidance and support from a committee of attorneys from New York Legal Assistance Group, Lambda Legal and Legal Services of Northern California.