Domestic Violence Safety Planning: Why you Should Have a Safety Plan

PLAN YOUR ESCAPE The most dangerous time for a survivor of domestic violence is the moment when he or she decides to leave their abusive partner. When the abuser realizes they are losing control over their victim, they often take drastic and sometimes deadly steps to regain their power. Having a safety plan in place … Continue reading Domestic Violence Safety Planning: Why you Should Have a Safety Plan

Free Legal Assistance Available for Individuals Affected by North Texas Tornado

Longview, Paris, Texarkana, Tyler, Texas - Free legal assistance is available to low-income individuals in Cass, Lamar, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Van Zandt, and Wood counties affected by the North Texas Tornado that caused severe and widespread property damage and threatened loss of life on October 20, 2019. Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration that … Continue reading Free Legal Assistance Available for Individuals Affected by North Texas Tornado

Free Legal Assistance Available for Tropical Storm Imelda Survivors in 6 Southeast Texas Counties

     AUSTIN, October 11, 2019 — A toll-free legal assistance hotline is available to people affected by Tropical Storm Imelda and flooding that occurred in Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, and Orange counties September 17 through 23. This service is a partnership among Lone Star Legal Aid, the State Bar of Texas, the American … Continue reading Free Legal Assistance Available for Tropical Storm Imelda Survivors in 6 Southeast Texas Counties

Residents Continue to Fight Expansion of Greenhouse Road Landfill as TCEQ Director Declares Permit Meets Requirements of Applicable Law

Designed by Anya Gallant, Community Impact Newsletter On September 13, the Executive Director (ED) of Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued a formal response to public comments from hundreds of community members who are opposed to a major amendment on Municipal Solid Waste Permit (MSW) #1599B for Greenhouse Road Landfill, a Type IV Landfill … Continue reading Residents Continue to Fight Expansion of Greenhouse Road Landfill as TCEQ Director Declares Permit Meets Requirements of Applicable Law

The Domestic Violence Protections of VAWA, The Violence Against Women Act

The severity of crimes associated with domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking was finally addressed by Congress when VAWA, the Violence Against Women Act, was passed in 1994. Within a decade, the legislature expanded the act including protections and provisions, improving action and enforcing efforts to address violence in America. The bill marked the first … Continue reading The Domestic Violence Protections of VAWA, The Violence Against Women Act