Disability Law Center
In 1999, GLSC-DLC became the designated Protection and Advocacy Office for Guam. As such, GLSC-DLC Disability Law Center (DLC) is Guam's Protection and Advocacy agency mandated to promote and protect the legal and human rights of individuals with physical and/or mental disability.
To qualify for any of the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) programs in the GLSC-DLC DLC, a person must have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the legal issue for which help is sought must be related to the disability. The issue must fall within certain priorities and may be limited by available resources, the existence of other programs that can address the applicant’s issue, and the potential effect on the person’s life, health, and safety. These eligibility factors apply across all P&A programs. In addition, there cannot be a conflict of interest applicable to the parties involved.
Under the Protection and Advocacy programs, there is no charge to clients for legal services. However, clients are responsible for paying fees associated with their case (for example: court-filing fees, notice publication fees, and documents recording fees with government agencies). If a client is unable to pay these fees, GLSC can work with the client to determine if the fees can be waived.
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI)
The first of such programs is the program for the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI), which assists individuals who have been diagnosed with a mental illness or emotional impairment. The PAIMI program monitors and investigates abuse and neglect in facilities and group homes that care for or treat individuals with mental illness and provides representation at fair hearings for government benefits and adult legal guardianships.
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD)
The program for the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) assists individuals who have a developmental disability. A developmental disability is a life-long disability that manifests itself before age 22 and is attributed to mental and/or physical impairments. The PADD program priorities include legal advocacy for appropriate special education services and care and treatment in the least restrictive environment. Many of the same services with PAIMI are available for PADD clients.
Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR)
The program for the Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR) assists individuals with disabilities who are not eligible for services under the PADD or PAIMI programs, such as those with physical disabilities acquired as an adult. Services include advocacy in regards to personal decision making powers and assisting in delegating these powers when appropriate.
Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT)
The program for the Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT) assists individuals with disabilities in accessing technology devices and assistive technology services through advocacy and legal representation.
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI)
The program for the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI) provides information, referral and advocacy services to individuals who face a loss of legal rights as a direct result of TBI.
Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)
The program for the Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) assists beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) with issues related to securing or regaining gainful employment. This includes information and referral, consultation and legal representation when necessary, and advocacy related to the Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Implementation Act (TWWIIA).
Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries (PABSS 2)
Since August 2018, the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Network received funding to conduct reviews on rep payee performance on behalf of the Social Security Administration (SSA). This program provides oversight to rep payees and their services to beneficiaries as well as giving them support to better understand their role and responsibilities.
Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA)
The program for the Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) is meant to ensure that individuals with disabilities can have full participation in the electoral process. This includes registering to vote, casting a vote, and accessing polling places. The priorities under the PAVA program include educational outreach and advocacy.
Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program (FLAV)
The Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program, authorized in 1994 under the Violence Against Women Act, funds projects that address the legal needs of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. GLSC-DLC is able to provide civil legal representation for emergency protection orders. Other services include safety planning, in-house referrals to appropriate GLSC-DLC programs as well as referrals to other agencies, like its project partner Victim Advocates Reaching Out (VARO), for services such as emergency shelter, individual/family counseling.
1. Applicant is a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking or human trafficking.
2. Applicant is requesting legal assistance with a protection order and/or other legal matters arising as a consequence of the abuse, including family, immigration, administrative agency or housing matters or other similar matters; and
3. Applicant’s gross income (before taxes are withheld) shall not exceed 250 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines.
i. The financial criterion above shall not apply to a client who is in a shelter that assists victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and human trafficking.
ii. The financial criterion above shall not apply if the client can demonstrate that he/she does not have access to his/her funds as a result of the abuser’s control over his/her funds.
Applicants who are ineligible for legal assistance under LAV Program shall receive safety planning services and shall be referred to the Lawyer Referral Services and other relevant agencies.
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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant Program
Funds support a broad array of programs and services that focus on helping victims in the immediate aftermath of crime and continuing to support them as they rebuild their lives.
VOCA is a grant program out of the Office of Victims of Crime and is administered locally by the Office of the Attorney General of Guam.
1. Applicant is a victim of a crime in need of a Protective Order or Restraining Order
2. Applicant is a victim of a crime in need of a civil legal service directly related to their victimization.