United States Attorney Wigginton Announces Grant Award to Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation will be the recipient of a $500,000.00 grant from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
“This award should enable Land of Lincoln to continue their very necessary and dedicated efforts in the fight against domestic violence. I applaud them for the critical work they have done and wish them all the best for their future endeavors. While my Office can, and does, deal with the criminal side of such violence, we cannot help the victims with their civil remedies. This is where Land of Lincoln’s services become crucial to repairing the damage and winning the overall battle,” noted United States Attorney Wigginton.
The Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program is designed to strengthen civil and criminal assistance programs for adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking who are seeking relief in legal matters arising from, or as a consequence of that abuse or violence.
Founded in 1972, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation is a legal services organization whose mission is to pursue civil justice for low-income persons residing in Illinois. Land of Lincoln is the sole provider of a full range of civil legal services for low-income individuals in sixty five counties in central and southern Illinois. In 2011, Land of Lincoln staff and volunteers served over 13,400 clients.