legal aid


Definition of legal aid 

: aid provided by an organization established especially to serve the legal needs of the poor

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The programs included housing counselors, foreclosure assistance hotlines, legal aid, consumer education, and efforts to investigate and combat financial fraud. Bob Egelko,, "California ordered to restore $331 million to fund for homeowners," 12 July 2018 Foro Penal, a legal aid group, said 20 of the 54 political detainees at the Helicoide have been granted parole, but the administration is refusing to release them. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "'Mom, they're trying to kill me.' Utah man in Venezuela jail describes chaotic revolt | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 Issues of Consent At least one legal aid group intends to decline such offers of help with genetic testing. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Genetic Testing to Reunite Immigrant Families Raises Issues of Privacy and Consent," 26 June 2018 The legal aid organization is representing more than 300 parents and has only located two children so far. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Administration Still Has No Plan for Reuniting the Families It Separated," 22 June 2018 But this summer, things are going to be different because Country Time is introducing legal aid. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The first 500 days of President Trump," 10 June 2018 The claims, which were tied to multiple detention centers, were supported by five legal aid workers, four medical workers, and two advocates who work with ICE detainees. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Pregnant Women Are Allegedly Being Denied Medical Care in Immigration Detention Centers," 10 July 2018 In Florida, for example, only 14% of people who qualify for legal aid services can actually access those services. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "Following wave of suicides, Florida Bar president put mental health on the docket," 9 June 2018 According to Winifred Kao, litigation director for the San Francisco legal aid organization Asian Law Caucus, the payment wasn’t the only part of the settlement. Jonathan Kauffman,, "La Taqueria workers’ risky complaints over unpaid overtime, health care bring reforms," 30 June 2018

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1890, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of legal aid

: money provided by a special organization to pay legal fees for people who cannot pay them themselves

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Legal Definition of legal aid 

: aid provided by an organization established to serve the legal needs of the poor

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