A Message from PLC's Executive Director and General Counsel
People are often surprised to hear the Public Law Center provides $8 dollars' worth of legal services to our low-income Orange County neighbors for every $1 dollar of donations we receive. Supporters like you love the multiplying effect of turning each monetary donation into life-changing civil legal aid for domestic violence survivors, veterans, seniors, children and others in our community. I know a few wonder (sometimes out loud to me) what we can realistically do when you take $1 dollar and try to stretch it out to $8 dollars of assistance.
Earlier this month, nearly 200 elderly, extremely low-income tenants at Miracle Terrace, an apartment complex in Anaheim, California, celebrated a last-minute "miracle" that allowed them to avoid homelessness and severe economic hardship during the holiday season. After advocacy by the Public Law Center (PLC) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, the tenants received 124 vouchers (one of the largest and fastest approvals in U.S. history) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Miracle Terrace residents speak at press conference
PLC Wins Asylum for Honduran LGBT Rights Activist PLC attorney, Ira Liston, helped detainee who saw friends murdered and faced police assaults.
In November, PLC Staff Attorney Ira Liston won asylum for Gerardo Lopez Hernandez, an HIV-positive LGBT rights activist from Honduras. Liston faced a series of challenges building this case under a quick deadline while Hernandez was held in detention in Santa Ana.