Legal Aid Receives Support for Outreach to Low-Income Texans

AUSTIN, Texas – May 10, 2012 – Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) has received a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to support outreach to low-income domestic workers and victims of domestic violence.

The $7750 award will go towards projects aimed at developing public service announcements to educate domestic violence victims on available legal resources and to distribute a manual on the legal rights of domestic workers, including housekeepers, nannies, and gardeners.

“We are proud to have the support of the Texas Bar Foundation during a time where the need for free legal services continues to grow,” said TRLA Executive Director David Hall. “These efforts will go a long way towards helping low-income Texans in need.”

Every year TRLA helps more than 22,000 low-income Texans with their civil legal needs.  A struggling economy, combined with numerous federal and state budget cuts, has strained resources for legal aid organizations as the demand for services continues to climb.

Added Hall, “The most effective weapon we have is education. When people know their rights and where they can go for help, our most vulnerable populations can find access to justice.”

Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in a 68-county service area. TRLA’s mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety and stability of low-income Texas residents by providing high-quality civil legal assistance and related educational services.

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $14 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funding bar foundation.

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