Aumua Announces $60K Grant for Legal Aid Program

October 7, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, received an announcement that the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has awarded a grant totaling $61,740 to American Samoa Legal Aid (ASLA) for the purpose of expanding local access to legal services.

“The isolated and scattered nature of our island home makes American Samoa a natural paradise, but it also serves as a huge hurdle when trying to provide services between islands,” stated Amata. “I am extremely grateful to both the Legal Services Corporation and American Samoa Legal Aid for recognizing the importance of such a project.”

ASLA opened their Pago Pago Office in May of last year and is the primary local legal aid program for those who cannot afford an attorney in certain situations. LSC is a federally established independent nonprofit that provides financial support to local non-profit legal aid programs servicing low-income Americans. The grant funding will go towards the All-Island Access to Legal Aid project. This project will allow residents of the isolated Manu'a islands to access legal aid by establishing four interview locations on the Manu’a islands, each with a desktop computer, scanner/printer and Internet access.

“I would like to thank the officials at LSC for providing this funding for the All-Island Access to Legal Aid project. I also want to thank AS Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo for his support of the ASLA program, and I want to thank all those at ASLA for their work on obtaining this grant, including Chairwoman of the Legal Aid Board, Terrie Bullinger,” concluded Amata.

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