Who Would You Choose?
In Illinois, only one out of every six people gets the legal help they need. Everyone else falls through the cracks, getting swindled, abused or exploited with no way to set things right.
Imagine you’re a legal aid provider, and these six people came into your office. You can only afford to help one. Who would you choose?
- During visitation last week, I was horrified to find my little girl Annie filthy with a bad rash. I want full custody of her while my drug-addicted ex-wife cleans up her act.
- A contractor talked me into refinancing my mortgage to pay for some repairs. But he never did any work, and the payments are eating up most of my income. I’m afraid I’ll lose my home.
- My husband once beat me so severely I was hospitalized for days. I’m 25 and have three kids. I desperately want to leave, but I don’t want to drag my kids into poverty. What do I do?
- I’m 19 years old, disabled and confined to a wheelchair. My uncle is my guardian, but he abuses me and takes my social security checks. I am trapped.
- My mommy works hard but our landlord is a bad man. When my mommy complained he didn’t fix things, he changed our locks and wouldn’t let us in. We now we have to live in our car.
- My children are my world. I’ve made some mistakes, but I’ve been using my time in jail to take parenting classes. When my husband fell ill he lost guardianship, and now a stranger wants to adopt my babies.
Tough, right? Our state needs to make civil legal aid a priority so people like these don’t fall through the cracks in our justice system.
You can take action below and tell your state legislators to continue funding civil legal aid.