May 12, 2022
The ACLU and the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC) have released a joint research brief: No Eviction Without Representation: Evictions’ Disproportionate Harms and the Promise of Right to Counsel. The brief provides an overview of the devastating, long-lasting consequences of eviction and considers evidence on providing legal representation as a way to reduce evictions and help mitigate these harms. It ends with recommendations for federal, state, and local governments, which include establishing and fully funding a right to counsel for tenants. The authors of the report are Liel Sterling, Legal Administrative Assistant, ACLU Women’s Rights Project; Cyrus O’Brien, former ACLU Research Associate; and Maria Roumiantseva, Associate Coordinator, NCCRC, and PJC attorney. This project was conceived of and coordinated by Sandra Park, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Women’s Rights Project, and John Pollock, Coordinator, NCCRC, and PJC attorney. Read more about the report in this ACLU blog post.