We're here to help

Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge.

About the - Program

Support Disaster Legal Services

Your generous gift to the YLD will be combined and leveraged with other donations to further such initiatives as the YLD Disaster Legal Services.

Current Information

Puerto Rico earthquake

A toll-free legal help hotline is now available to survivors impacted by Puerto Rico’s recent earthquakes.

Puerto Rico - Earthquakes

South Dakota Flooding

Severe storms, tornadoes and flooding struck areas in South Dakota between September 9 and September 26, 2019. FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of South Dakota to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas.

South Dakota - Flooding

Tropical Storm Imelda

Information for Texas residents affected by Tropical Storm Imelda and flooding that occurred in Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, and Orange counties September 17 through 23, 2019.

Tropical Storm - Imelda

Mississippi Severe Weather

Information for those affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding between February 22 to March 29, 2019, in Mississippi.

Mississippi - Storms

Our History

Our History

45 years of disaster relief, recovery, and assistance

Andrew VanSingel, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness, details the history of the Disaster Legal Services program in "The Calm After the Storm: 45 Years of the ABA Young Lawyers Division Division’s Disaster Legal Ser s Disaster Legal Services Pr vices Program" for the Touro Law Review.

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Disaster Legal Aid Information

Resources

FEMA links, legal aid resources, and volunteer opportunities.

DLS - Resources

Disaster Distress Helpline

The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.

DLS Articles

Thousands of new lawyers provide free legal advice and representation to hundreds of thousands of disaster survivors in the United States and its territories. Read about what they do and why it's important.

DLS - Articles

Partners

Meet the groups and agencies our Disaster Legal Services team works with.

DLS - Partners