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2018 Grant Recipients 

Amara Legal Center

Amara Legal Center serves individuals whose rights have been violated while involved in the commercial sex trade, whether involvement was by coercion, necessity, choice, or otherwise, in the DC metropolitan area. The WBAF grant will support Amara’s Legal Representation Project, which provides full representation to survivors of sex trafficking with civil legal services, such as victim-witness advocacy, civil protection orders, and custody-related representation. 

Bread for The City

Bread for the City provides vulnerable DC residents with comprehensive services, including legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. The Foundation’s grant will assist the operation of Bread for the City’s Domestic Violence Community Legal Services Project, which serves low income minority women in their efforts to obtain protection from domestic violence.

DC KinCare Alliance

The DC KinCare Alliance supports kin caregivers (grandparents or other relatives) who have opened their homes to DC’s most vulnerable and at-risk children when their parents are not able to care for them. The Foundation’s grant will support KinCare’s Legal Defense Project, which represents DC kin in court proceedings to obtain the resources and services needed to raise the children in their care.

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project

The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project addresses the critical shortage of legal assistance for low income people in Washington, DC. The WBAF grant will support the Project’s Domestic Violence Program, which provides pro bono legal assistance and social services to domestic violence victims, most of whom are women and families living below the poverty line.

Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP)

The Foundation’s grant will support DV LEAP’s DC LEAP project, which provides essential services including appellate representation, in-depth consultations at the trial level, and technical assistance to victims of domestic violence.

First Shift Justice Project

First Shift Justice Project empowers low-income pregnant women and parents to safeguard the economic security and health of their families through assertion of their workplace rights. The WBAF’s grant will fund the continued build-out of a pro bono volunteer program that will allow First Shift to engage more attorneys on behalf of it clients.

The Human Trafficking Legal Center

The Human Trafficking Legal Center provides pro bono legal services for trafficking survivors seeking justice. The WBAF’s grant will bolster the Center’s efforts to identify and train pro bono attorneys, provide direct services to survivors, advocate with federal authorities for survivors trafficked by diplomats, and incorporate survivors into training programs as leaders.

Legal Aid Society of The District of Columbia

The Foundation’s grant will fund the Legal Aid Society’s Domestic Violence Underserved Communities Project to address the need of domestic violence survivors living in underserved areas – particularly in Wards 4, 5, and 6 – where poverty rates and incidences of domestic violence are high.

Legal Counsel for The Elderly

The Legal Counsel for the Elderly aims to improve the quality of life for elderly District residents. The WBAF grant supports the Schedule H Program, an innovative project assisting older low-income DC residents (nearly 3/4ths of whom are women of color) obtain funds through D.C.’s Schedule H Tax Credit via pro bono clinics at area law firms.

Tahirih Justice Center

The Tahirih Justice Center provides services for immigrant survivors of violence. The Foundation’s grant will allow Tahirih to provide holistic legal and social services to immigrant women and girls in the wake of extreme violence including domestic violence and sexual assault, female genital mutilation, trafficking, honor crimes, and forced marriage.

Tzedek DC

Tzedek DC’s mission is to safeguard the legal rights of low-income DC residents dealing with often unjust, abusive, and illegal debt collection practices and related consumer protection problems like credit reporting issues, identity theft, and predatory lending. The WBAF grant will help Tzedek provide free legal services to DC residents who are 400% below federal poverty guidelines, with a specific focus on single mothers and other vulnerable community members.

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