Thank you, Chief Justice Bacon, Felipe Guevara (New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty), Rudy Sanchez (DNA People's Legal Services), Edna Sprague (New Mexico Legal Aid), Becky O'Gawa (Volunteer Attorney Program), and Serge Martinez (UNM School of Law) for a great discussion during Equal Access to Justice and APIL's public interest panel. Honored to have Dean Camille Carey, State Bar President Ben Sherman, and Professor Emerita Gloria Valencia-Weber in the audience!
The livestream can be viewed on Equal Access to Justice's facebook page.
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty worked with mothers who came forward to share their stories of the significant barriers that stopped them from getting help through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/New Mexico Works (TANF). TANF provides a small amount of cash assistance and work supports to very low-income families with children. It is one of the only public programs that offers parents and children essential financial support during times of hardship. But very few families actually get assistance. TANF only reaches 40% of eligible families because of outdated and punitive requirements that make it difficult to enroll and stay enrolled. In addition to helping produce this powerful video series, New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty identified practical reforms to improve this program and continues to advocate with New Mexico moms for access to and expansion of this essential program.
We are saddened by the loss of Timothy Sheehan, on January 6, 2023. He cared deeply about his community and was instrumental in establishing Equal Access to Justice in the late '80's to support legal services programs in New Mexico. He served in various roles on EAJ's board of directors and continued to advocate for increased funding for legal services in our state.
A reception will be held at the Sheehan Winery Tasting Room in Old Town on Sunday, January 15th from 1-4pm.
You can help increase our impact in so many ways! Give online. Donate unused campaign funds. Designate Equal Access to Justice as a recipient of your United Way giving. Recommend a recurring gift through your Donor Advised Fund. Become a Monthly Giving Circle member. Ask your employer to match your gift and join the Leadership Society. Make a charitable gift through your IRA. Host a Facebook fundraiser. Propose a cy pres award. Mail a check. Venmo us. Or simply pick up the phone and call!
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Everyone should be able to get the civil legal help they need, not just those who can afford it. Join us in keeping the door open for all New Mexicans and giving back to our community 365 days of the year!
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If you keep your eyes and heart open, you'll find that there are lots of opportunities for all of us to help serve and uplift our community.
- Paul Abrams
Newly Released Annual Report!
Thanks to our community's generosity and unwavering belief in the importance of civil legal services, $274,566 was raised during Equal Access to Justice's 2021-22 Annual Campaign. EAJ's newly released annual report celebrates the many individuals and law firms that made this possible, and highlights the impact of these gifts.
We invite you to view the report by following this link. Thank you for investing in our community and positively impacting the lives of countless families.
To read the full press release click here!
Watch this video on the incredible people involved with DNA-People's Legal Services and the impactful work they are doing. Hear from current and past staff and attorneys!
Thanks to the many individuals and law firms that have already made their annual gift to EAJ! Help us reach our $250,000 goal by making your gift before March 31st! Easily donate online, call us at (505) 339-8096, or explore other ways to give. Your gifts are an investment in our community, and a perfect way to fulfill your pro-bono obligations by supporting civil legal services!
EAJ's 2021-22 Annual Campaign Launches
This year is especially important for Equal Access to Justice and our partner legal aid organizations. As the pandemic continues to adversely impact New Mexican families, our neighbors and community members have been reaching out to civil legal service providers at historically high levels. Now, more than ever, our community needs our increased support to help resolve difficult legal issues.
Unfair housing practices, denial of health and employment benefits, predatory lending, and other situations unfairly disadvantage many New Mexicans. However, when people have access to basic legal resources, representation, and equal opportunities it can change the trajectory of their lives.
The organizations EAJ funds, through unrestricted, noncompetitive grants - New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, DNA-People's Legal Services, and New Mexico Legal Aid - are providing these essential legal services and advocacy right now.
EAJ's annual campaign committee invites you to make an investment in our community, through your meaningful contribution to Equal Access to Justice. Donations may be made online by following this link. To learn more about the various ways to support EAJ, please click here.