A Statement From Our Executive Director

/A Statement From Our Executive Director
A Statement From Our Executive Director2021-01-08T16:45:00-06:00

At CARPLS, we have worked to respond to ongoing injustices, including race, gender, and socioeconomic status, by making our services accessible to every Illinoisan within our network of partners.

Out of the pandemic, we have been able to witness moments of the community coming together to ensure that no one has to face their legal issue alone. We celebrate for our clients when they are able to retain resources, and we deeply empathize with the traumatic moments they are facing.

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” While our organization can only focus on our community and the work in Cook County and Illinois, we understand that when people lead with compassion, integrity, and the values of justice in mind, it can be a powerful domino effect for the rest of the country.

We started out in 1993 as a small legal aid organization, with me as the sole full-time staff attorney. Almost 30 years later, we’ve grown our team to over 40 staff members, along with a loyal group of volunteers, board members, and donors. We still think of ourselves as a tight-knit group, but the work needs to be expansive in order to effectively help people who are in need.

For 2021, we have recommitted to our promise to advocate for Illinoisans in need and work to ensure that no one has to face their legal issue alone. Thank you so much for supporting CARPLS Legal Aid. We could not do it without you. Let’s keep going.

If you have any questions about our mission, please contact gro.s1615242207lprac1615242207@ofni1615242207. If you have any media-related questions, please contact Nicole NeSmith at gro.s1615242207lprac1615242207@htim1615242207senn1615242207.

Sincerely,

Allen C. Schwartz, CARPLS Executive Director