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New Mexico Legal Aid

Gallup, United States
Joined February 2020

New Mexico Legal Aid has dedicated our services to erasing barriers to justice for low-income New Mexicans by providing free and high-quality civil legal assistance and education.

Presence in: United States
Focus: Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Labor & Employment, Livelihoods, Other, Traditional / Customary Justice

New Mexico Legal Aid is a civil legal advocacy organization dedicated to opening the door to equal access to justice for all disenfranchised and low-income people and communities throughout New Mexico by providing outreach, training, education, and quality representation.

The mission of New Mexico Legal Aid, Inc. (NMLA) is to be the voice, defender, and advocate for poor people who are seeking justice in all forums, particularly in the communities in which they live. NMLA is committed to helping poor people in their struggle to access food, shelter, security, and to preserve their unique cultural heritages.

Legal aid programs help people who live in households with annual incomes at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. Clients represent every ethnic and age group and live in rural, suburban, and urban areas. They are the working poor, veterans, families with children, farmers and migrant workers, people with disabilities, homeowners, renters, and the elderly. Legal assistance is necessary for addressing many issues that affect low-income individuals and families, including:

Access to Benefits

Consumer Rights

Employment and Income Maintenance

Family Law and Domestic Violence

Housing, Foreclosure, and Landlord/ Tenant issues

NMLA has several projects focusing on outreach and services to historically ignored communities, including our Native American Program, serving members of all nineteen pueblos, the Navajo Nation and Mescalero Apache; our Migrant Worker program, serving primarily Spanish-speaking immigrant workers; and our Safe to Be You program, serving rural and urban LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

NMLA strives to empower community members to challenge injustice and to be led by the communities we serve.

People Associated With This Organization

Jean Philips

United States  
New Mexico Legal Aid
Joined February 2020
Interests: Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Labor & Employment, Livelihoods, Traditional / Customary Justice
I am a Staff Attorney working in Gallup, New Mexico, which is a "border town" surrounded by the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo. I have been working for about two years to set up a program similar to a community paralegal program (we have been using the term "Community Justice Worker"). Somehow I had missed the work that Namati had done in this area. I'm anxious to learn more, and to see how the lessons you all have learned can be applied in badly underserved and unheard indigenous communities.
Jean Philips is the network champion (main point of contact) for New Mexico Legal Aid.

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