Over the past nine years, with your help, the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service has succeeded in focusing an annual national spotlight on pro bono. In connection with ABA President Elect Hilarie Bass and the ABA’s Homeless Youth Legal Network, we encourage you to build on the success of the 2017 National Celebration of Pro Bono by planning and participating in events assisting homeless youth on or around International Day for Street Children, April 12, 2018.
National estimates have found that 1.3 to 1.7 million youth experience homelessness every year. These children need assistance from attorneys to guarantee them access to justice, no matter where they are. Homeless youth have a variety of legal needs, such as access to ID, family law, juvenile or criminal justice involvement, trafficking, immigration, education, benefits, and a variety of other civil legal matters. With your help, we hope to remove legal barriers in an effort to improve outcomes for this highly vulnerable population.
We will make special efforts to recognize the valuable pro bono contributions of lawyers across the country through a little friendly competition and a social media blitz using the hashtag #ABAHYLN. Additionally, organizations hosting events serving homeless youth will receive recognition from ABA President Hilarie Bass.
Visit our National Celebration website here for planning ideas and examples of some of the homelessness events held during the 2017 National Celebration of Pro Bono, and to enter your April events. Examples of popular events serving homeless individuals include clinics, CLE’s, and know your rights seminars.