Hispanic Seniors Legal Project
SERVICIOS LEGALES PARA HISPANOS DE LA TERCERA EDAD
SeniorLAW Center is committed to providing services to language and cultural minority elders in their own language and neighborhoods and was one of the first aging and legal services providers committed to meaningful language access and community-based services. SeniorLAW Center provides bilingual bicultural services for Hispanic elders, holding workshops and community-based legal clinics each month in Hispanic communities in Kensington and North Philadelphia, at senior centers focusing on Spanish-speaking elders from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and other countries. SeniorLAW Center’s Hispanic Legal Services Coordinator, Margarita Martinez holds a law degree from Colombia, her native country, and a Masters of Law from the University of Barcelona, Spain. She coordinates client services, professional collaborations, media relations, outreach for Spanish-speaking elders, translation of legal documents and community education materials.
SeniorLAW Center is truly in the forefront of serving immigrant and minority elders and in finding creative and innovative ways to provide meaningful access to services to underserved populations, including those with limited English proficiency. In order to provide services to Hispanic elders in a comfortable environment, in their own language and neighborhood, the coordinator of the program offers them directly at two sites in the community: The Mann Older Adult Center at 3201 N. 5th Street: This community legal clinic in Kensington started in 1998 and it has been a success since then, serving Spanish-speaking seniors from a variety of Latin countries such as Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.
Norris Square Senior Citizens Center at 2121 N. Howard Street: As a result of publicity of our services at the Mann Center, SeniorLAW Center was requested by staff at the Norris Square Senior Center to open a second community legal clinic at this new location, a beautiful new building which accommodates not only a lively Spanish language senior center but also senior housing for Hispanic elders on the upper floors. This legal services clinic opened in April 2001 and hasproven to be very successful.
The coordinator of the program also works extensively on outreach and publicity and examples of her efforts are the articles about SeniorLAW Center written by her in Spanish for publication in important newspapers circulating in this community including El Hispano, Al Día and La Actualidad. She has also been invited to the radio show “Punto y Aparte”, sponsored by the Latino Partnership Initiative, and the Univision TV show “Voces del Valle.”
SeniorLAW Center is proud to serve Latino elders with SERVICIOS LEGALES PARA HISPANOS DE LA TERCERA EDAD.