Congressional Briefing to Highlight Civil Legal Aid’s Role in Disaster Recovery

February 2, 2017

Washington, DC – Experts on disaster relief will gather on Tuesday, February 7, to brief Congress on how legal aid organizations can assist victims of natural disasters and play an essential role in disaster response. Representative David Young (IA-3) is hosting the event and will deliver opening remarks.

The briefing, "After Nature Strikes: Legal Aid’s Role in Disaster Recovery," will highlight the importance of legal aid programs in disaster preparedness and recovery. Panelists include:

  • Jono Anzalone, Vice President, International Services, American Red Cross
  • Michael “Mickey” Caison, Executive Director of Disaster Relief, North American Mission Board: Southern Baptist Convention
  • Dennis Groenenboom, Executive Director, Iowa Legal Aid
  • Laura Tuggle, Executive Director, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

LSC President James J. Sandman will serve as moderator.

Low-income families are especially vulnerable to the far-reaching impact of natural disasters. Victims need experts who understand the legal issues involved and who can help them secure temporary housing, file insurance claims, replace important legal documents, negotiate with landlords to make necessary repairs, and more. Legal aid is essential in helping victims get back on their feet following a disaster.

The congressional briefing will take place at 2045 Rayburn House Office Building on February 7, 12–1:00 p.m. Members of the press are invited to attend.

The briefing will also be live-streamed via Facebook Live. To view the briefing, visit LSC’s Facebook page.

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 133 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.