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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.
Michael Figgins has spent 35 years of his legal career providing civil legal services to low-income persons. He is currently executive director of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. (LASO), a statewide civil legal services program with 140 attorneys in 20 offices throughout Oklahoma... Read More →

Karen Lash

Practitioner-in-Residence and Director, The Justice in Government Project at American University 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 →
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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
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