Legal Aid Society of Hawaii Receives $102,103 in Technology Initiative Grants

November 8, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced today that Legal Aid Society of Hawaii will receive a $102,103 Technology Initiative Grant.

Legal Aid Society of Hawaii will use the technology grant to better assist the state's growing limited English proficiency client population. In partnership with the Hawaii State Judiciary and its Office on Equality and Access, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii will determine the best three languages for translation to meet the diverse language needs of Hawaii’s low-income populations. It will then create legal aid websites in those languages.

Established in 2000, LSC’s Technology Initiative Grant (TIG) program supports projects that develop and replicate technologies to improve efficiency and provide greater access to high-quality legal assistance. A variety of initiatives receive grant funding each year, such as projects enhancing websites to make them more accessible to legal aid clients or adding artificial intelligence tools to online intake processes.

“LSC’s Technology Initiative Grants expand access to justice for millions of Americans who cannot afford a lawyer,” explained LSC President Jim Sandman. “The grants make legal information, court forms, video instruction, and practical tips available to people who otherwise would have to navigate the legal system without any help.”

Members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation congratulated Legal Aid Society of Hawaii:

Senator Mazie K. Hirono: “The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii works to ensure that Hawaii’s most vulnerable communities receive fair and just treatment under the law. Today’s funding will increase their capacity by creating online tools that will help reach individuals in multiple languages who might not otherwise be able to access legal services.”

Representative Tulsi Gabbard: “With nearly one in four Hawaiʻi residents speaking a language other than English at home, bridging our communications gap is critical to ensuring equal access for all in our community. This federal funding will empower our local community by expanding access to housing information, family support services, immigration services, public benefits, and other legal assistance provided by the Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi. For more than sixty-five years, Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi has been committed to serving the most vulnerable in our society, and this grant will help to further support their great work.”

LSC’s TIG program distributes up to $4 million annually to LSC-funded legal aid organizations. Legal Aid Society of Hawaii is receiving one of 25 technology grants this year.

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