If President Trump’s budget blueprint is passed by Congress, it will wipe out the 43-year-old Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the federal entity that provides millions for state-based legal aid operations, reports The Intercept. That would deny millions of poor people access to the civil justice system, which would disproportionately impact women, who make up 70 percent of clients served by LSC funds. One-third of cases handled by LSC-affiliated groups involve women who are victims of domestic violence.
Trump wrote that his “aim is to meet the simple, but crucial demand of our citizens — a government that puts the needs of its own people first. When we do that we will set free the dreams of every American, and we will begin a new chapter of American greatness.” Cutting a program that provides for the safety of domestic violence survivors — among many others — seems an odd way to achieve greatness, the Intercept says. Currently, 93 percent of the LSC’s $385 million federal budget goes to fund 134 nonprofit legal aid organizations operating more than 800 offices across the U.S. and its territories.