Since 2015, CILS’ Escondido Office has provided legal representation to Native American survivors of domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA). This vital legal program was funded through a federal grant from the federal Office on Violence Against Women (OVAW). CILS was not awarded an OVAW grant this year. Without financial support from the donors and the community, our DV and SA legal advocacy program is in jeopardy of closing down.
We are currently looking for grant funding opportunities but are in immediate need of $135,000 to sustain our DV Legal Team past December 31, 2020. We are asking for contributions to keep our program going. Any amount of assistance will help us!
Our DV Legal Team consists of a highly skilled and experienced attorney and legal advocate who have been with our program since its inception. Our program primarily services San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties and provides culturally appropriate, trauma-informed, mobile services to our Native clients. Our DV and SA legal program has helped to save survivors’ lives with safety planning and legal advocacy.
While the current pandemic makes our request for donations challenging, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a spike in DV making our services all the more critical, necessary, and in demand. Please help us sustain these vital legal services as we work to find more funding resources!
Your donation is tax-deductible and will be a write off for you for 2020 if made on or before 12/31/20. Please push the button below to donate. Thank you!