Author Archives: Aimee Griles

National Purple Thursday

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 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)

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.

 

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).

Click here for more information.

Attorney Payton highlights Language Justice in ABA article

We are very proud to share that Casey Payton who is the Supervising Attorney out of our St.Thomas office was one of the co-authors of the informative article highlighting Language Justice featured on the American Bar Association’s Disaster Legal Services website.

“Language justice is an evolving framework based on the notion of respecting every individual’s fundamental language rights—to be able to communicate, understand, and be understood in the language in which they prefer and feel most articulate and powerful.

Language justice is more important than ever during this pandemic as those who primarily use non-dominant languages have historically faced challenges in seeking access to basic amenities, legal remedies, and supportive services.”

Attorney Payton will be the moderator of the upcoming Language Justice During COVID-19 webinar on Wednesday, June 3rd at 1:00 p.m. Click here to read the full article here and to register for the webinar.

Congrats Casey!

Census 2020 Scams

Census fraud can hit at home or at work (the Census Bureau conducts business-related surveys, too). Be especially watchful for impostors in the spring of 2020, when the actual Census Bureau will be sending out reminders to fill out your form and following up in person at households that don’t respond. (Plans for home visits may be affected by the coronavirus outbreak; check the 2020 Census website for developments.) Count on these tips to head off census scams.

 

Warning Signs

 
  • You get an unsolicited email purporting to be from the Census Bureau. For household surveys and the decennial Census, the agency almost always makes contact by mail.
  • A supposed census agent asks you for money or financial data, such as the number of and amount in your bank account.
  • A supposed census taker threatens you with arrest. Taking part in the Census is required by law, and you can be fined for not doing so, but you can’t be imprisoned.
If you suspect fraud, call 844-330-2020 to speak with a Census Bureau representative. If it is determined that the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact the Virgin Islands Police Department. You can also report suspected scams to the Virgin Islands Census 2020 office at 340-718-2020 or via email: usvi@census2020.gov and to the Federal Trade Commission (online or at 877-382-4357).