Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors passed her motion to study the feasibility of creating a new Civil Defense Unit within the Office of the Public Defender, with a report back to the Board within 120 days with recommendations:
“Many public defender offices around the nation already provide representation on civil matters, such as in immigration court, landlord-tenant disputes, worker’s rights, family court, and in obtaining public benefits. These civil defense programs have demonstrated their effectiveness in promoting public safety, maintaining stability in the home and in communities, preventing homelessness, and much more.
Today’s action calling for a study to create such a unit in LA County’s Office of the Public Defender is an opportunity to respond to the needs of our most vulnerable residents in a way that is proactive and supportive.
I look forward to the results of this study and the creation of this new unit which has the potential to lift up our residents, whole families, and diverse communities throughout the First District and Los Angeles County.”