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Today is National #PurpleThursday and LSVI reminds our community that we are committed to providing equal access to justice and doing our part to support victims of domestic violence. We BELIEVE you!  The #1Thing that will end domestic violence is our collective power. If you or someone you know needs help please call our office: St.Croix – 340-718-2626 | St.Thomas/St.John – 340-774-6720 #LSVI #DVAM2021

MJU August Calendar

The Mobile Justice Units are a symbol of Legal Services focus and unwavering commitment to seek access to justice and protect the rights of Virgin Islands residents.  Mobile legal support services will be available on Tuesdays in the St.Croix district and Thursdays in the St.Thomas district.

St.Croix
1st & 3rd Tuesdays – Virgin Islands Superior Court Parking Lot
2nd & 4th Tuesdays – Department of Human Services- Mars Hill Parking Lot

St.Thomas
1st & 3rd Thursdays– Omar Brown Sr. Fire Station Parking Lot (across from Barbel Plaza – VI Superior Court Magistrate Division)
2nd Thursdays – Merchants Bank Parking Lot (Tutu Plaza)
4th Thursdays – Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club Parking Lot (Red Hook)

MJUs Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

Mobile Justice Units Coming To A Neighborhood Near You

Beginning July 1st, Legal Services of the Virgin Islands Mobile Justice Units (MJU) will be out in the territory providing legal aid services and helping Medicare beneficiaries prevent, detect and report fraud through the Virgin Islands Senior Medicare Patrol program in the community. Mobile legal support services will be available on Tuesdays in the St.Croix district and Thursdays in the St.Thomas district.

St.Croix
1st & 3rd Tuesday – Virgin Islands Superior Court Parking Lot
2nd & 4th Tuesday – Department of Human Services- Mars Hill Parking Lot

St.Thomas
1st & 3rd Thursday – Omar Brown Sr. Fire Station Parking Lot (across from Virgin Islands Superior Court)
2nd Thursday – Merchants Bank
4th Thursday – Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club Parking Lot (Red Hook)

The Mobile Justice Units are a symbol of Legal Services focus and unwavering commitment to seek access to justice and protect the rights of Virgin Islands residents.

CFVI Awards Over $1.4 Million for Recovery, Revitalization and Building Forward Projects

CFVI Awards Over $1.4 Million for Recovery, Revitalization and Building Forward Projects

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has awarded grants to 18 USVI nonprofit organizations for a total of $1,480,735 in funding. Grant funds will be used to support ongoing hurricane recovery, revitalization, and building forward efforts to enhance the wellbeing of residents and ecosystems across the territory. LSVI is the proud recipient of a  $100,00 grant from CFVI. Funding will support the deployment of additional legal resources via Mobile Justice Units in and around St. Thomas and St. Croix in order to bolster ongoing disaster recovery along with efforts to enhance the overall wellbeing of low-income residents, including seniors, and victims of domestic violence. Click here for more information.

LSVI Says #NOMORE to Domestic Violence

Domestic violence was already an epidemic before COVID-19, but the health crisis has caused a tremendous spike in incidents of abuse. Even as lockdown restrictions are lifted, the abuse will not simply end. It remains a critical time for survivors, and greater awareness, education, and bystander intervention are desperately needed. This October, join us in activating bystanders and sharing information that can help those who are experiencing violence during this unprecedented time.

 

Attorneys Will Use Mobile Justice Units for Legal Services

 

With a national grant from the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, D.C., the Legal Services of the Virgin Islands Inc. now can visit remote areas to help people without transportation deal with their legal needs, even when the internet and power grid are down.

One of two units was on display on Tuesday at Emancipation Park in Frederiksted. The other van will be used in the St. Thomas/St. John District. Inside the vans, three desks and a waiting area allow pro bono (volunteer) attorneys to help more than one client at a time. There is a video conference system and printers for paperwork and legal documents. A wheelchair lift makes the van compliant with the Americans with Disability Act, and a satellite dish and generator create a hot spot wherever it is parked. Outside the vehicle, an attached awning provides shade, and a smart television is available for presentations.

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On Tuesday, September 29th, Legal Services of the Virgin Islands, Inc. (LSVI) debuted their mobile command center branded as the Mobile Justice Units (MJU) at Emancipation Park in Frederiksted. The introduction of these vehicles to the territory will support LSVI’s mission to access justice, protect rights, and educate people in poverty to empower them to move toward self-sufficiency and were made possible thru the support of a grant awarded by Legal Services Corporation.

LSVI Staff and Board Members at the Mobile Justice Unit Launch at Emancipation Park.

LSVI staff displays the wheelchair lift on the ADA-compliant Mobile Justice Unit.

“When people see the Mobile Justice Units, they will know
that critical help for the often neglected and disenfranchised citizens is closer than ever before. The LSVI Mobile Justice Units are coming to a neighborhood near you,” said Attorney Shelby
King Gaddy, Executive Director of Legal Services of the Virgin Islands, Inc.

In attendance were LSVI staff and board members, in addition to government officials, V.I. Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor, Deputy Police Commissioner Celvin Walwyn, Director of the Office of Disaster Recovery Adrienne Williams-Octalien, Administrator of the Courts Regina deChabert Petersen and Kandyia Rivera, a representative from the office of Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett.

Local Government officials were in attendance, from L. to R., Deputy Police Commissioner Celvin Walwyn, Director of the Office of Disaster Recovery Adrienne Williams-Octalien,  Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor, LSVI Executive Director Shelby King Gaddy, Administrator of the Courts Regina deChabert Petersen, and Kandyia Rivera, serving as the Delegate to Congress’ representative.

LSVI will be holding the St.Thomas launch event on Wednesday, October 7th at the Fort Christian Parking lot (adjacent to Fort Christian) at 10:00 AM.

VI SMP Joins Task Force

VI-SMP Joins Virgin Islands Health Care Fraud Task Force

Federal and local law enforcement and health care officials came together last year to form the Virgin Islands Health Care Fraud Task Force. The task force was formed in order to join forces and strengthen the fight against health care fraud by using a collaborative approach. In a news release issued Monday, Shappert said the first meeting of the Virgin Islands Health Care Fraud Task Force was conducted on a virtual platform, permitting the participants to share information and develop strategies for the territory.

The task force is composed of representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG); V.I. Justice Department (DOJ); V.I. Medicaid Program (MAP), Senior Medicare Patrol (VI-SMP), Disability Rights Center, (DRCVI), Veterans Affairs Office of Community Care, and the V.I. State Health Insurance Program (VI-SHIP).

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