State-Specific

Older African American Women and Barriers to Reporting Domestic Violence to Law Enforcement in the Rural Deep South

The main reasons for not going to law enforcement when experiencing abuse was fear of being stigmatized by their church, family, and community. The researchers reviewed data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System and conducted fieldwork in four rural counties in the Black Belt of Alabama. They find that when women feel more independent, which can be furthered by legal services such as assisting with benefits and outreach, they were more likely to come forward to seek out law enforcement.

Legal Services Assessment for Trafficked Children

Researchers at the Center for the Human Rights of Children conducted a survey with professionals working in and around Cook County, IL who provided services to human trafficking survivors. They find that 85 percent of service providers report access to legal services as “critical” for child trafficking survivors.

The Future of Legal Services in Oregon

In the advent of online access to limited legal services, Oregon examines its civil legal aid system and assembled two task forces — the Legal Innovations Committee and the Regulations Committee — to create recommendations of how the state can incorporate online resources and the provision of limited-legal services into its civil legal aid system.

Economic Return on Investment of Providing Counsel in Philadelphia Eviction Cases for Low-Income Tenants

In this economic return on investment study of providing legal counsel for those in eviction cases, Stout Risius Ross found that establishing a right to counsel would help the city avoid $45.2 million in costs annually, while the total cost to provide representation is $3.5 million. They analyzed docket data to assess the impact representation would have on the outcome of an eviction case. They analyzed the distribution of outcomes, the incremental impact of representation, and a repeat case analysis.