President Biden knows that getting a lawyer can make a big difference in your life. If you get one, then you might be able to keep your home, stay out of poverty, or help someone with their asylum application. But not everyone can afford to get a lawyer for themselves, so President Biden wants to make sure they can still get a good lawyer even if they don’t have the money. Bad things are happening in the world. There is a disease called COVID-19, and it makes people very sick. Many people who need help with legal problems can’t get it because of this disease.
On May 18, 2021, President Biden issued a memorandum about access to justice. The memo asked the Attorney General to tell the president how the Department of Justice will help people who can’t afford lawyers. The Presidential Memorandum also ordered the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable to meet and think about how they can help people who need legal services. They will be doing this because of COVID-19.
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Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is releasing reports from a Presidential Memorandum.
- Attorney-General Garland released a report that describes how the Department of Justice will improve access to justice. As part of that plan, Attorney General Garland announced today that there is now an Office for Access to Justice inside the Department of Justice dedicated to understanding and addressing legal needs.
- The White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable released a report about COVID-19. This report talks about the effects of COVID-19 on different programs in the U.S. Government, such as housing and evictions, healthcare, consumer protection, immigration, and criminal justice. The Report also describes lessons learned and areas for continued cooperation between government agencies to provide access to justice for people with COVID-19.
The Biden-Harris Management is taking steps to protect vulnerable people, change the justice system, and make it better. On his first day in office, President issued an executive order so that every agency has equity at the heart of its priorities. The Biden-Harris Administration has taken steps to change the criminal justice system. They made sure federal law enforcement stopped doing harmful things, and they invested in community-based programs that help people who have been in prison. This will make it easier for them to get jobs when they get out of prison.