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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.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Figgins

Michael Figgins

Executive Director, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Michael 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. Michael has spent 33 of his years in practice as an attorney providing legal services to the poor. He has practiced as both a staff attorney... Read More →
avatar for Karen Ann Lash

Karen Ann Lash

Practioner-in-Residence, Justice Programs Office & Director, The Justice in Government Project, School of Public Affairs, American University
Karen A. Lash is currently Practitioner-in-Residence and Director of The Justice in Government Project at the American University Justice Programs Office where she works with states to incorporate civil legal aid alongside other supportive services in government programs to improve... Read More →
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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 →
avatar for Radhika Singh

Radhika Singh

Chief, Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Radhika is the chief of the civil legal services division at NLADA, working with civillegal aid providers across the country. She also leads NLADA's Project toAdvance Civil Legal Aid Collaborations, which advocates for funding andpolicies that support civil legal aid’s role in advancing... Read More →


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