As a legal services organization with nearly six decades of history in the District of Columbia, Neighborhood Legal Services Program (“NLSP” or “we”) is committed to working towards a more just and equitable Washington, D.C. We acknowledge the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We recognize the existence of systemic racial injustice and inequities. We also recognize that oppression and racism within the legal system has separated families, created housing instability and race-based exclusion from housing by design, caused multi-generational economic insecurity, funneled Black and Brown people into the criminal legal system, and prevented Black and Brown communities from enjoying safe and healthy neighborhoods and other economic privileges. The “legal systems” that perpetuate racism and oppression within the District include the civil and criminal legal systems along with administrative agencies. Geographically, Black communities in Wards 5, 7, and 8 have been most impacted by the District’s history of racism. The majority of our clients live in these three wards, and due to multiple forms of oppression, the majority of our clients are Black and living in poverty. The work we do on behalf of our clients is informed by these acknowledgements.

General Commitments:

NLSP commits to working towards the elimination of white supremacy, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, and all other forms of oppression. For the purposes of our work as a legal services organization, this commitment informs the way we serve our clients and the way we treat each other. We commit to promoting equity and justice while activating meaningful change in the community.

Client commitments:

Internal Commitments

Approved by the Racial Equity Change Team on May 18, 2023