Guam Legal Services Corporation - Disability Law Center (GLSC-DLC)

Guam Legal Services Corporation - Disability Law Center (GLSC-DLC)


Phone: 1-671-477-9811
Fax: 1-671-477-1320
Email: teo.gogo@guamlsc.org
Website: http://www.lawhelp.org/GU
Types of Services Offered: Legal Advocacy & Resources
Category: Non-Profit

Description: 

Guam Legal Services Corporation – Disability Law Center (GLSC-DLC) is a private, non-profit corporation that was established in 1979. It began receiving congressional appropriations in 1981, which allowed the corporation to provide legal representation to the low-income community of Guam. GLSC-DLC is not a part of the Government of Guam or the federal government. It is governed by a board of directors consisting of attorneys and program eligible persons. Since 1981, GLSC-DLC has expanded into programs assisting vulnerable populations including survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. Significantly, in 1999 GLSC-DLC was designated the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System for Guam. This means GLSC-DLC is authorized under applicable federal and local laws to protect and promote the human, civil and legal rights of individuals with mental illness and/or developmental and other disabilities through legally based advocacy. Thus, GLSC-DLC became the Disability Law Center. GLSC-DLC cannot provide representation in criminal matters or in matters where the client is seeking monetary compensation.

Mission Statement "GLSC-DLC will provide legal assistance, advocate, and promote equal rights and equal access to justice for the underserved communities of Guam."

Note: Data for this listing was compiled from online sources by UOG social work students enrolled in SW110 Introduction to Community Services on Guam classes (Sections 1 and 2) in the spring semester of 2017.

 

Services Offered (Products/Services):

Legal Services for Individuals with Low Income
Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program
Disability Law Center (Protection and Advocacy)
P&A for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI)
P&A for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD)
P&A for Individuals Rights (PAIR)
P&A for Assistive Technology (PAAT)
P&A for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI)
P&A for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)
   P&A for Voting Access (PAVA)
 
Legal Assistance for Individuals with Low Income –

This legal services program is funded through the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). The LSC is a private, non-profit corporation established by the federal government to ensure equal access to justice under the law for all Americans by providing legal assistance to those who otherwise would be unable to afford it. LSC was created in 1974 and is funded through congressional appropriation.

Program Priorities

GLSC-DLC’s Governing Board of Directors have adopted the following LSC Program Priorities regarding the types of cases and matters to which GLSC-DLC staff is authorized to devote its time and resources:

PROTECTION OF THE PERSON: Efforts will be made to assist clients and conduct activities related to the immediate protection of the person from abuse and neglect.

FAMILY LAW: Efforts will be made to assist clients and conduct activities related to custody, divorce, child support, guardianship over minors, and powers of attorney for child care.

PUBLIC BENEFITS: Efforts will be made to assist clients and conduct activities related to food stamps administrative hearings and appeals, TANF or other welfare appeals.

HOUSING: Efforts will be made to assist clients and conduct activities related to problems involving emergency loss of shelter. Examples include: eviction prevention, illegal lockouts, utility shutoffs, housing conditions, home ownership (the client, without legal intervention, would lose the family home).

EDUCATION: Efforts will be made to assist clients and conduct activities related to legal issues surrounding education.

HEALTH CARE: Efforts will be made to assist clients and conduct activities related to legal issues surrounding health care.

JUVENILE/EDUCATION & CHILD PROTECTIVE PROCEEDINGS: Efforts will be made to assist clients and conduct activities related to cases involving minors who have been brought within the juvenile court system due to lack of appropriate educational services, abuse, neglect or other systemic issues.
  
Eligibility

GLSC-DLC receives federal funds to provide civil legal services to low-income individuals from Legal Services Corporation (LSC). In addition to meeting other requirements, applicants are required to FINANCIALLY QUALIFY based on HOUSEHOLD INCOME & ASSETS. Generally, the INCOME of an applicant’s household MAY NOT EXCEED 125% of the current Official Federal Poverty Guidelines. Additionally, household assets may not exceed $2500 per person and $1500 for each additional household member

Additional Information

GLSC-DLC is a private non-profit corporation that provides legal assistance to the low-income community of Guam as well as to victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and individuals with disabilities.  GLSC is able to provide comprehensive legal and supportive services through direct representation and advocacy aimed to enhance the safety of the victim, assist the victim to escape an abusive relationship through safety planning, or enhance the victim's ability to remain independent from an abusive former partner.

Teo Gogo

teo.gogo@guamlsc.org

1-671-477-9811

1-671-477-1320

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

08:30 AM

04:30 PM

Closed on weekends and GovGuam holidays


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