Equal Access to Justice raises much-needed funds for the following New Mexico civil legal aid organizations:
DNA – People’s Legal Services
DNA provides civil legal services to low-income individuals living on or near the Navajo Nation, the Hopi and Jicarilla Apache Reservations, and in parts of Cibola, McKinley, San Juan and Valencia counties. Priority legal areas include family law, particularly domestic violence and elder abuse, health care, housing, consumer issues, government benefits, employment issues, education and environmental law as they relate to tribal sovereignty.
The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty
The Center conducts research and analysis on poverty law issues, advocates on behalf of low-income individuals and families in public policy and administrative forums, pursues impact litigation, and provides training and information to legal aid programs, pro bono lawyers, and community advocacy groups across the state. The Center’s focus areas include: defending the safety net of the public benefits programs; advancing healthcare access for children and their parents; fighting for the rights of the lowest wage workers, increasing legal services for the poor, promoting access to fair loans, and reforming our state’s public education system so that every child has access to a quality education.
Law Access New Mexico
Law Access provides telephonic advice or brief civil legal service to individuals throughout the state. When advice or brief service is insufficient to help a client, Law Access refers the client to the most appropriate civil legal services provider, eliminating the runaround that low-income residents with legal problems often encounter. Law Access reduces pressures on other legal service providers, allowing them to focus more time on helping those clients whose problems require full representation.
New Mexico Legal Aid
NMLA provides civil legal services to low-income people in every county in New Mexico (except for San Juan County, which is served by DNA). Legal representation is provided in several core areas which address basic human needs—housing, safety from family violence, disability and welfare benefits, employment benefits and health care. NMLA also runs specials projects which focus on particularly vulnerable populations, especially farm workers and Native Americans.