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Commission on Homelessness & Poverty

The Commission is committed to educating the bar and the public about homelessness and poverty and how the legal community and advocates can assist those in need.

Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act (SICAA) and Trouble Teen Industry Webinar Series

CHP is proud to co-sponsor the Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity's webinar series, "Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act (SICAA) and Trouble Teen Industry." This 3-part series will explore the history, policy solutions, and legal challenges and present practical solutions for effective change. Resolution 605 was adopted by the American Bar Association in 2023 because of decades of well-documented abuse within the Troubled Teen Industry and youth residential treatment centers. The webinars will take place on April 18, May 16, and June 20.

Representing Military Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Victims - April 19, 12-3pm

CHP is proud to co-sponsor this upcoming webinar with the Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel. This 3-hour program will focus on procedural tactics when representing military domestic violence and sexual assault victims. This will cover military policies, along with legal services and procedures provided by the military. The presenters will also discuss a variety of victims’ rights and remedies, including civilian and military protective orders, weapon restrictions, pension plan divisions, and more.

April 24, 2pm ET - Addressing the Epidemic of Evictions – What Advocates Can Do on the Local, State, and National Levels

Please join the Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, RESULTS Educational Fund, and National Coalition for Civil Right to Counsel on Wednesday, April 24, at 2pm ET. With high housing costs and rent affordability still out of reach for many low-income households, evictions across the country are continuing to rise, with many states resuming after a pause during the COVID-19 pandemic. Providing housing stability and preventing evictions and homelessness should be a top priority for lawmakers – whether on the local, state, or national level. Panelists will provide an overview of the current state of eviction in the United States, discuss why this continues to be a problem, and what is being done to address it. Attendees will hear perspectives on the impact of evictions in communities and most importantly, what actions advocates can take to solve the eviction crisis, and what advocates, lawyers and non-lawyers alike, can do to help.

June 6, 2024 1pm EST - Digital Divides and Greening Legal Deserts: Lessons from the Four Corners States

Please join the Commission & SCLAID for this upcoming CLE webinar. The panelists for this interactive, fast-paced CLE program are on the front lines of bridging digital divides, and greening legal deserts, to help narrow the justice gap. Panelists will address challenges faced by the “Four Corners” states (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah) as well as successes and lessons learned that can be applied anywhere. The conversation will include a discussion of tools to measure the justice gap, such as identifying access to justice indicators, demographics, resources, and mapping. The panel also will discuss the effect of gaps and resulting challenges to providing legal services; efforts being undertaken to bridge these gaps, including specific efforts that have worked and those that have not; the role of collaboration and securing buy-in for implementing change; and how to measure success.

Combatting Poverty and Decriminalizing Homelessness Through A Race Equity Lens

The Commission on Homelessness and Poverty's resource clearinghouse.

Racial Equity in the Justice System

The ABA's central clearinghouse of ABA-related information and resources for attorneys, the legal profession and the public on a wealth of issues addressing bias, racism and prejudice in the justice system and society.

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We welcome you to join us. Lawyers working in government or legal/public service not-for-profit organizations engaged primarily in legal- or policy-based advocacy for low income persons qualify for reduced dues as members of the American Bar Association.