NLSLA is excited to announce a groundbreaking new project to provide critical legal services and other supports to families living in poverty whose adolescent and young adult children are seeking or receiving cancer treatment at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and Children’s Hospital.

The model project, which is funded by a $200,000 grant from the Unihealth Foundation and will be fully operational in April, is a collaboration with The Adolescent and Young Adult Program at USC. It brings the resources and expertise of NLSLA attorneys to families struggling with both their children’s cancer and the myriad social and financial obstacles connected to poverty that can stand in the way of effective treatment.

“These young adults and their families face enormous and often unique pressures that make it more difficult-and sometimes impossible-to effectively utilize or benefit from the medical treatment available to them,” said NLSLA Deputy Director Yvonne Mariajimenez. “Many of those barriers can be best addressed through the support and intervention of skilled legal advocates.”