CIRI Supports Alaska Legal Services Corp.
A nonprofit that provides free, high-quality civil legal services to low-income Alaskans in need, Alaska Legal Services Corp. (ALSC) is dedicated to bridging the statewide gap between those who need civil legal help and those who are able to get it.
In an average year, ALSC helps more than 7,000 low-income Alaskans address civil legal problems that affect their families, homes, incomes, jobs and access to vital services, such as health care and utilities. Legal guidance is provided by staff attorneys and pro bono volunteer lawyers. Additionally, ALSC offers resources to help individuals independently navigate the court system.
ALSC has long been on the forefront of advocating with Alaska Native partners to protect land claims, fisheries, Tribal self-government and subsistence. In addition, the organization has partnered with AmeriCorps and Alaska’s tribal health care facilities to create a network of medical-legal partnerships: health care providers refer patients with civil legal problems to an attorney located within the health care facility, who can assist eligible patients free of charge.
In March, at the behest of CIRI shareholder Greg Razo, vice president, CIRI government relations, ALSC submitted its Partnering Native Health program to the World Justice Project’s “Challenge 2019: Access to Justice Solutions” competition. Out of more than 250 applicants, the program was chosen as one of 30 finalists, with ALSC representatives traveling to the Netherlands and presenting their project in front of the World Justice Forum audience on April 30.
In addition to his role as CIRI’s vice president of government relations, Razo serves as chair of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission, a 13-member board that seeks to enhance public safety, rehabilitation and victim restitution while working to improve criminal laws and practices in Alaska. He also serves as vice chair of the Alaska Native Justice Center, a CIRI-founded nonprofit organization and subsidiary of Cook Inlet Tribal Council that provides legal advocacy, referral and support to Alaska Native and other Native American people involved with Alaska’s legal system. In 2016, for his efforts to improve Alaska’s civil and criminal justice systems, Razo was recognized as a White House “Champion of Change.”
CIRI has been a longtime supporter of the ALSC, including matching donations to the organization on Giving Tuesday, which occurs each year the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.