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ABA COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund

Together We Stand for Legal Services. Together We Heal. Together We Give.

Provide Civil Legal Aid

ABA Free Legal Answers is where individuals and families turn for online legal advice. The site has become an even more critical tool to effectuate civil legal advice during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Many thousands of Americans are seeking help with legal issues, including lost jobs, evictions, insurance claims, family emergencies and obtaining government benefits they need to survive.

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Protect Justice for All

Commission on Immigration

Children traveling alone are being turned away at our border. Immigrants in overcrowded detention centers lack the basics needed for health and hygiene – including soap and water. Many literally fear for their lives as COVID-19 spreads in ICE facilities. The ABA Commission on Immigration provides legal assistance to immigrants and refugees seeking protection and advocates for their safety and rights under the law.

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Support Marginalized Communities

Commission on Homelessness & Poverty

The Commission is a critical resource for attorneys seeking to protect the legal rights of nearly 570,000 individuals who frequently lack stable and secure housing. The economic downturn spurred by COVID-19 exacerbates this situation by forcing marginally employed renters from their homes and into dangerous living situations -- over-crowded shelters or the streets. Many face unique legal challenges as they seek refuge in recently closed public spaces.

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Secure Safety to Save Lives

Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence

Survivors of domestic and sexual violence are at heightened risk as stay at home orders intensify harmful living situations and the pandemic creates obstacles to victims accessing help. In the last month, the Commission has trained over 1,000 lawyers on protection orders, virtual litigation and gun violence issues. It provides resources to lawyers and survivors now and after the disaster recedes as people continue to seek safety outside their homes.

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Share Urgently Needed Resources

Commission on Law & Aging (COLA)

With the national coronavirus health emergency upon us, older individuals face greater risks than ever before, making plans for caregiving needs and end of life directives urgent. Many who could use this information are unable to afford an attorney or don’t know where to find the tools. COLA offers easily accessible resources for the 12 million elderly sheltering at home and the 2 million more quarantined in nursing care facilities.

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