Carnegie Corporation of New York of New York Helps Support Fellowship Program Providing Post-Harvey Legal Aid
A new $4 million program is funding 20 Houston-based legal fellows to provide aid after Harvey. Three additional fellows will be working in other cities to provide disaster relief legal assistance as part of the program.
Fellows will serve two-year terms in the Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps (DRLC) to assist groups facing additional barriers to disaster recovery.
Immigrant communities in Houston are among those benefiting from aid. Some DRLC fellows are working with immigrant and mixed-status families to help with legal matters, like recovering wages after not getting paid for a Harvey-related repair.
Other fellows, like YMCA International Services’ Robert Flores, will help directly with immigration legal issues.
“That could be anything from citizenship to a green card renewal, to wanting to reunify with a family member so they want to do a family petition and that could also include legal defense in removal proceedings,” said Flores...