The Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) is committed to leading and coordinating efforts to seek justice in civil legal matters for lower-income Virginians.
VPLC develops and hosts the Annual Statewide Legal Aid Conference. This conference provides comprehensive training on poverty law issues to the Legal Aid community and community partners. Since inception in 1980, the conference has been a no cost, three-day conference to ensure Legal Aid attorneys, paralegals, board members and other staff are provided comprehensive training on civil law issues.
VPLC continues to advocate for and provide a voice for Virginians low-income community through its work in the Virginia General Assembly. Highlights from the 2016 session include: leading an effort to stop bills that would have opened up Virginia to unregulated internet lending, increased the budget for Long-Term Care Ombudsmen program, successfully advocated for funding for a program, Fostering Futures, which will help youth aging out of foster care. Additionally, this past session was a huge win for domestic and sexual assault survivors. Individuals under a ‘full’, or two-year, protective order may no longer be able to carry a concealed weapon nor purchase or transport firearms.
$100,000 for an experienced Elder Law attorney. By 2020, for the first time in history, the number of older people will outnumber the number of children younger than five years of age. In the next 25 years, the number of people older than 65 will double. There is a growing need for quality legal aid attorneys specialing in elder issues. Many who have dedicated their legal careers to Elder Law are retiring. There will soon be an experience vacuum just as the need for Elder Law services grows.
Pro Bono Attorneys. Specifically, attorneys versed in domestic and sexual violence who could assist with cases resulting result from a clinic VPLC holds quarterly to help immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence.
VPLC is currently recruiting volunteers to assist planning our 40th Anniversary celebration to be held November 2018 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. We are also seeking sponsorships to help underwrite costs associated with this event.
Seeking individuals who believe everyone, regardless of socio-economic status, deserves quality legal representation in civil legal matters. These individuals would help VPLC educate the community at large of issues affecting low-income Virginian’s and help build a foundation of individual donor support.
Poverty Law Center Inc. incorporated August
30, 1978, as the Virginia State Legal Aid Society Support Center and, in 1980,
changed the name to Virginia Poverty Law
Center, Inc. (VPLC). From the beginning
VPLC has been a clearinghouse of information on poverty law, providing expert
technical assistance and training to Virginia’s legal aid community, private
attorneys and other advocates for low-income people. VPLC’s annual statewide
legal aid conference, new lawyer training, regular task force meetings and
listservs continue to provide a foundation for the delivery of quality legal
services in Virginia.
Throughout its existence, VPLC has been a cornerstone in the legal services community by leading the way in advocacy efforts in the courts, legislature and administrative agencies. Often coordinating and collaborating with other groups and organizations, VPLC continues its work on behalf of Virginia’s low-income residents with as much vigor as when it first opened its doors and took on its first project: to tackle the issue of hunger in the Commonwealth.
VPLC currently as attorney issue experts in the following civil legal areas: Consumer Law Domestic & Sexual Assault Elder Law Family Law Foster Care Issues Health Care Housing Predatory Lending Public Benefits Some of VPLC’s most significant work since then has come through its work in the Virginia General Assembly. VPLC advocates for bills that would benefit low-income residents of the commonwealth and fights those that would be a step backward.
Dear Justice Advocate,
The Virginia Poverty Law Center, founded in 1978, is a statewide nonprofit, coordinating and leading efforts to seek justice in civil legal matters for low-income Virginians. Our efforts to ensure equal access to justice includes providing leadership and advocacy to protect and improve the laws that affect this often vulnerable population.
VPLC works to preserve and enhance opportunities for low-income Virginians to obtain health care, public assistance and safe and decent affordable housing. We also work to protect their rights to be free from predatory consumer practices and financial exploitation and be safe from domestic and sexual violence. VPLC supports any legislation that strengthens legal protections for low-income people and opposes any that threatens to further harm this population.
Above all, we work to ensure that Virginia’s laws treat low-income people fairly and provide them equal access to our justice system.
Unfortunately, there is much work to be done.
We are grateful for your willingness to explore Virginia Poverty Law Center’s mission and our work and for your belief in a fair and just society for all Virginians. Together we form a united voice for a population whose voice is often times overlooked.
Thank you for your belief that ALL CITIZENS, regardless of economic status, should have equal access to justice.
VPLC has engaged in statewide legislative and administrative
advocacy to ensure accessible health care for low-income children and their
families, pregnant women, the elderly and disabled. VPLC’s work has resulted in many improvements
Medicaid, child health insurance and indigent care programs. In addition to working with legal aid staff,
VPLC has coordinated and collaborated with dozens of other groups and
organizations to address health care issues.
Nursing home patient’s rights, the improvement of nursing
homes around the commonwealth and an ongoing fight for the well-being of
Virginia’s senior citizens have been just some of the issues for which VPLC has
advocated over the years.
Youth in Virginia,
especially those in foster care, are of great importance to VPLC. In the
legislature and in the community, VPLC works to bring to light the rights of
youth in foster care and hopes to see a time in which more youth are adopted
from foster care. VPLC has also filed litigation and supported legislation to
ensure sufficient child support for Virginia’s
VPLC has made strides in protecting the rights of victims of
domestic and sexual violence, especially when fighting legislation that would be a step
backward for victims of abuse. A significant improvement to the way protective
orders are entered into the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) is
just one of the many changes that have come about as a result of VPLC’s work on
behalf of victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Protecting the rights of consumers in Virginia has been a mainstay of VPLC. Predatory lending has been at the forefront
of issues that VPLC has fought. Because of VPLC’s work on predatory lending,
more restrictions have been placed on this industry making it harder for these
types of lenders to keep Virginians in a vicious cycle of debt.
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