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Thursday, May 9 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Responding to the Opioid Crisis and Helping Crime Victims: Civil Legal Aid and Federal Funding

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What does civil legal aid have to do with responding to the opioid crisis and helping crime victims? A lot. Legal aid providers help victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, identity theft, wage theft, financial fraud, human trafficking, child abuse and neglect, and so much more. Legal aid also has a critical role to play helping children and their caregivers when a parent has a substance use disorder, and in helping people with a SUD in their recovery. This session will provide a general overview of federal funding opportunities with a focus on the opioid crisis and crime victims. Panelists will share information, the latest trends, and experiences tapping into funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, as well as other federal funding streams to support this important work.


Michael Figgins

Executive Director, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.
Mr. Figgins received his B.A. from Arizona State University in 1977, and his J.D. from the School of Law at Gonzaga University in 1980. Mr. Figgins has spent 35 of his years in practice as an attorney providing legal services to the poor. Mr. Figgins practiced as both a staff attorney... Read More →

Karen Lash

Director of the Justice in Government Project, American University's School of Public Affairs Justice Programs Office
As a political appointee in the Obama Administration, Karen A. Lash served in leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Access to Justice (ATJ) and as the first Executive Director of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR). Karen conceptualized... Read More →

Kathrina S. Peterson

Acting Deputy Director, Department of Justice
Kathrina S. Peterson, J.D., LL.M., currently serves as Acting Deputy Director over the State Compensation and Assistance Division, where she oversees the Office for Victims of Crime's (OVC) state formula funding programs. Kathrina continues to advise the OVC Director on legislative... Read More →

Radhika Singh

Director, Civil Legal Aid Initiative, National Legal Aid and Defender Association
Radhika is the chief of the civil legal services division at NLADA, working with civil legal aid providers across the country. She also leads NLADA's Project to Advance Civil Legal Aid Collaborations, which advocates for funding and policies that support civil legal aid’s role... Read More →

Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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