U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Access to Justice
November 30, 2016
In November 2016, the Department of Justice issued the first annual report of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (WH-LAIR), "Expanding Access to Justice, Strengthening Federal Programs," to President Obama. The report documents ways in which WH-LAIR's 22 participating agencies have been working together with legal aid service providers to develop programs and collaborations that integrate legal aid and advance common goals.
In November 2016, the Department of Justice issued the first annual report of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (WH-LAIR), “Expanding Access to Justice, Strengthening Federal Programs,” to President Obama.
The report documents ways in which WH-LAIR’s 22 participating agencies, co-chaired by the White House Domestic Policy Council and U.S. Department of Justice, have been working together with legal aid service providers to develop programs and collaborations that integrate legal aid and advance common goals.
In describing the progress of WH-LAIR, the report addresses key federal priorities where civil legal aid improves program outcomes, including:
-Accessing health services and improving health;
-Expanding access to housing and preventing homelessness;
-Strengthening families and keeping children in school;
-Keeping Americans working and getting jobs;
-Enhancing public safety and helping crime victims; and
-Combating fraud and protecting consumers.
The report also describes agencies’ efforts to partner with legal aid organizations to meet the needs of special populations, including:
-Veterans and servicemembers;
-Tribes and tribal members;
-People with disabilities;
-People with criminal records,
Staffed by the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Access to Justice, WH-LAIR engages federal grantees, legal aid service providers and federal agency staff. Since 2012, WH-LAIR has worked to promote collaborations that increase access to justice and improve outcomes for vulnerable and underserved people.
PUBLICATION DETAILSFormat: Data
Geographic coverage, US: NATIONAL
Topics: Benefits of Legal Aid: Economic & Social Return on Investment | Access to Justice Commissions | Data | Cross-Cutting Issues | Needs & Benefits | Medical-Legal Partnerships | Language Access | Partnerships
Case type: Consumer/Finance, Divorce/Separation, Domestic Abuse, Education, Employment, Family, Health, Housing, Immigration/Naturalization, Income Maintenance, Individual Rights, Juvenile, Veterans Benefits
Practice Area: Consumer, Domestic Violence, Education, Elderlaw, Employment, Family, Health, Housing, Immigration, Juvenile, Native American, Reentry, Veterans
Who Served: Children & Juvenile, Disabled, Homeless, Immigrants, Language Minorities, Migrants, Minorities, Seniors, Veterans, Women
How Provided: Delivery Systems, Legal Aid Attorneys
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LINKS TO RESOURCESExpanding Access to Justice, Strengthening Federal Programs: First Annual Report of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable
WH-LAIR Report DOJ Fact Sheet