This project engages directly with women veterans and multidisciplinary stakeholders to collaboratively design a mobile technology outreach tool that provides underserved women veterans with information about their legal rights and available benefits. The tool builds upon the resources available through Stateside Legal’s prior Women Who Serve initiative, and is designed for outreach to all underserved women veterans, including those who are homeless and those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military sexual trauma (MST). The ultimate goal of this project is to measurably increase the number of low-income women veterans who contact Stateside Legal for help, thereby enabling legal aid programs and law school clinics to provide the assistance that many low-income women veterans and their families need.
We have successfully completed and launched Stateside Legal’s Women with Military Service.
In celebration of Flag Day (June 14th, 2016), Pine Tree Legal Assistance and NulawLab are pleased to announce new robust online resources for women with military service designed to empower underserved women veterans to assert their legal rights.The resources, accessible at http://women.statesidelegal.org/, include interactive tools, multi-media resources, and legal referrals for women with military service who are traditionally underserved by service organizations. “Too often, veterans are unaware of the protections that uphold their legal and economic rights. This is particularly true for women veterans,” said Nan Heald, Executive Director of Pine Tree Legal Assistance. “Through this project, Pine Tree strives to empower veterans, particularly underserved women veterans, to assert their legal protections.”For many individuals, the ability to access legal services at a critical moment in their lives can make the difference in their ability to succeed in the future. The goal of the new Women with Military Service mobile-friendly websie is to reach female service members and veterans, offering them high-quality online help tools that address their specific needs."
The new features include:
- A mobile-friendly format, with “slider” tabs to access crisis hotline #’s and other essential information
- Enhanced search options that allow users to search our user-friendly library based on multiple issues with one unified search
- Continually expanding library of informational content, interactive forms, and multi-media messages addressing the needs of women with military service.
Pine Tree Legal Assistance is a Maine-based nonprofit that helps level the playing field by ensuring that state and federal laws affecting poor people are upheld, while also addressing the systemic barriers to justice faced by Mainers with low incomes. Pine Tree Legal provides free civil legal assistance in cases related to meeting basic human needs and enforcing basic human rights, including access to housing, food, income, safety, education, and healthcare. Pine Tree Legal Assistance is a national leader in using technology to assist veterans in need of legal help. It launched StatesideLegal.org in 2010 at the White House with the goal of providing all veterans and military families with user-friendly information about their legal rights. The website includes a comprehensive library of self-help tools, legal information, and resources. The website is now being accessed by nearly half a million users a year. Women with Military Service is a self-contained sub-domain of StatesideLegal.org.
The project was designed in collaboration with NuLawLab, an interdisciplinary innovation laboratory at Northeastern School of Law working to imagine, design, test, and implement pioneering approaches to legal empowerment.The project is being funded by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation. Established in 1974, LSC operates as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. It is headed by a bipartisan board of directors whose 11 members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.