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The Protection and Advocacy Network--a Resource for Legal Aid Attorneys

By Joan Magagna

The Protection and Advocacy system is a valuable resource for legal aid attorneys. Present in every state and territory, these agencies have statutory authority to litigate and advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities. They have access to facilities so that they can assess and monitor conditions in both institutional and community settings. They also cocounsel with legal aid attorneys and partner with advocacy coalitions to enforce the rights of persons with disabilities.

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