LA Supreme Court and LA State Bar Association Seek Your Input

The Access to Justice Commission of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) needs your input to help evaluate the accessibility of legal services by people in Louisiana who cannot afford to hire an attorney.   Taking this survey will provide key insights that only organizations like yours can offer and will serve as a starting point towards building partnerships between the legal community and service providers to ensure that there is “no-wrong door” to finding legal aid.

Who We Are

  • Created by order of the LA Supreme Court in 2015, the LSBA Access to Justice Commission is a group of statewide leaders in the legal community who convene to address the systemic issues that prevent families from accessing the Louisiana civil legal system.
  • This year, the Access to Justice Commission is working on the National Center for State Court’s Justice For All project to study how Louisianans engage with service providers when they have a legal problem.


Why You Should Take the Survey

Oftentimes, organizations like yours are the first place a person turns when they have a civil legal need. These issues can prevent a person from getting a job, continuing their education, accessing medical care, or otherwise addressing important needs. During COVID-19, accessing the legal system can become a matter of emergency for people dealing with issues involving housing, employment, and public benefits. Your unique insight can help us identify important strengths and gaps in the legal resources network.

Take the 15-minute Survey:

As part of this study, we are asking community organizations, institutions, and agencies that work with people who may need or have sought civil legal aid to take a brief 10-15-minutes survey. The survey asks questions about Louisianians’ experiences with the legal system.

Take the Community Stakeholders Survey here.

More Information: 

We are interested in the perspectives of all types of community stakeholders serving low-to-moderate income populations. Representative stakeholders might include, but are not limited to, organizations providing:

  • Job placement and training
  • Public benefits services
  • Housing and homelessness prevention
  • Education
  • Childcare and family support
  • Medical and mental healthcare
  • Veteran services
  • Other community outreach and social services


Your survey responses are critical to understanding how we can make the legal resource network more accessible – so that all Louisianans have access to justice, no matter their income. Additionally, we welcome you to forward this message to any of your partner organizations who also serve limited income Louisianans.

Thank you for your time and input! If you have any questions, please reach out to me or our Project Manager Amanda Brown, available at or (601) 493-0484.


Help LLAC with your feedback: Debt Trap Survey in Spanish and English

Louisiana Language Access Coalition (LLAC) is currently working with Louisana Appleseed and the Anne E. Casey Foundation on research and education to inform the non-English speaking community regarding practices and issues around predatory lending companies, as well as court fees and fines.  These companies provide payday loans, title loans, and short-term lending products that prey on vulnerable community members who are in financial need, only to create a a cycle of poverty.

As part of our work, a short anonymous survey will help us to gain a better understanding of how these practices are affecting our community directly.  The survey is available in English and Spanish.  Please take a moment to fill the survey, and circulate it among your contacts.

Thank you in advance for your support.

~Daesy and Karla


Daesy Behrhorst, LLAC Co-Chair
Karla Sikaffy duPlantier, LLAC Co-Chair

The Louisiana Language Access Coalition promotes full and meaningful participation in public life, without barriers based on language, for all people.

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American Bar Association Commission on Immigration: Survey seeking information on Notary Fraud in Louisiana

Greetings Louisiana Immigration Practitioners/Advocates,

The ABA Commission on Immigration is seeking information about notario fraud in Louisiana.  While I know we have each seen it in varying degrees, this is an excellent opportunity to voice our concerns to the ABA Commission.

If you have time, there is a link below to an online survey where you can share your perspective.

Thank you,

Glenda Regnart

The survey is linked here: Please fill it out by Friday, June 29th.  

BCM: Exploring Public Safety Survey


My colleague at Baptist Community Ministries (BCM), Charmel Gaulden, is exploring what Public Safety means to the communities that BCM serves. As a result, community members in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, and St. Tammany are being asked a targeted set of questions about Public Safety during the summer of 2017.

You are invited to participate in a short survey about Public Safety; it should take about 10 minutes. If more than one situation applies, please complete all relevant surveys. For example, if you are an attorney who lives in St. Bernard Parish, then you may select and complete both the second and third surveys. Please select the appropriate survey:

  • If you work in a nonprofit in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St Bernard or Plaquemines Parish, click here.
  • If you work for a public safety agency (police, court system, corrections, emergency response, etc.) in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St Bernard or Plaquemines Parish, click here.
  • If you live in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard or Plaquemines Parish, click here.

Feel free to forward this email to others who would be interested and eligible to complete the surveys. These surveys will be used to educate Baptist Community Ministries staff members and grant committee members about your community’s public safety needs. In addition, attached is a flyer providing more information about the Community Visioning Process.

About Baptist Community Ministries
Baptist Community Ministries was founded 22 years ago to make social investments in local nonprofits to improve the health of our community. The foundation operates in St. Tammany, Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines parishes. Baptist Community Ministries is committed to the development of a healthy community offering a wholesome quality of life to its residents and to improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of the individuals we serve.

In response to the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ and in keeping with our Baptist heritage, BCM invests its human capital and financial resources in the five-parish greater New Orleans region.  BCM uses the ways and means set forth below towards achieving its Vision:

  • Philanthropy – identify ideas and partner organizations that address critical community needs in the areas of Health, Education, Public Safety and Governmental Oversight; support these ideas and partner organizations with financial grants and expert consultation
  • Chaplaincy Services – identify partner organizations that will benefit by offering pastoral care services to their staff and the individuals they serve; deploy professionally trained chaplains to provide pastoral care in these organizations
  • Congregational Wellness – identify partner congregations that will benefit by offering wellness ministries to their faith communities; train volunteer registered nurses and lay health advocates to establish and maintain these wellness ministries

Baptist Community Ministries is a faith-based Christian organization that:

  • Shows unconditional acceptance and compassion to those we serve
  • Has reverence for the dignity of each person and the cultural diversity of the community
  • Demands responsible stewardship of its charitable assets
  • Commits to being accountable to the community

If you’d like to learn more about BCM or their investments in Public Safety, visit If you have any questions, please contact Charmel Gaulden at Feel free to forward this email to your friends and colleagues.


Rosa Gmez-Herrin
TRHT Program Manager
Foundation for Louisiana
Office #: 225-383-1672
Cell #: 225-954-5685


Tulane School of Social Work Masters: Brief Survey

Good afternoon, 
Your participation is requested in this brief survey conducted by Tulane School of Social Work Masters students performing a needs assessment of mental health services for the foreign-born Latinx community (FBLC) in New Orleans. This survey is designed to be completed by individuals working with the FBLC in Greater New Orleans as part of an ongoing mental health needs assessment. You have been identified as a professional who may be able to provide insight into working with this population. The information you share has the potential to impact service delivery to this group.

The FBLC includes refugees, immigrants, asylees, and undocumented migrants who currently live in the United States and self-identify their race as Latino/a/x. This definition of foreign-born excludes individuals migrating temporarily for work or study purposes. If you interact in a professional capacity with the defined population, please continue to complete the survey. If you do not interact in a professional capacity with foreign-born Latinx individuals, please refrain from completing this survey; however, feel free to forward this email to any professionals who do. All responses are anonymous unless you choose to provide identifying information. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete; thank you for your time and participation!


Please complete CHW survey

If you know of someone that works in the community, please forward this to them. It’s a statewide survey.

The Louisiana Office of Public Health and the Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network (LACHON, a group that supports community health workers) are conducting a survey of community health workers.

Community health workers have lots of different job titles such as outreach worker, community health educator, community representative/coordinator/liaison, patient navigator, and patient representative.  What they have in common is that they are trusted members of the communities they serve.  Their job activities usually include doing outreach, education, advocacy, and/or case management to help people and communities improve their health.

If you believe you are a community health worker, you may choose to take this survey. It should take about 10 minutes to complete and your answers will be anonymous:

Thank you!

Daina Feist

LSUHSC School of Public Health

RTA Online Survey

RTA Online Survey Asks for Input into Downtown Transit Center Plan

The Regional Transit Authority has posted a link on its web site to allow the public to take an online survey that will help consultants determine what amenities should be included in a proposed Downtown Transit Center. The survey asks respondents to rank their preferences, which may be considered in the planning process.

The survey is part of the Alternatives Analysis Study that will conclude in the fall with a recommended site and design that will meet Federal Transit Administration funding guidelines. Several meetings have been held with key stakeholders and the general public. Additional meetings are scheduled for October, and a recommendation will be made to the RTA Board of Commissioners in November.

More information about the project, and the survey link, can be found at

Ciara Stein
NEWCITY Neighborhood Partnership Coordinator
Providence Community Housing
504-821-7236 I

1050 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy, Ste. 301
New Orleans, LA 70125
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