ERIC Number: ED023001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Research Report on Dixwell Legal Rights Association, New Haven, Connecticut, Summer, 1967.
Hunter, David E.
A 1967 study of the Dixwell Legal Rights Association, New Haven, Connecticut, assessed the goals of the DLRA (training of legal service agency personnel and of nonprofessional neighborhood workers, legal rights education of the poor, social change) and their realization. DLRA services to clients were highly respected. Its militancy and aggressiveness had produced results unattained by other organizations, and of all the regular legal and social service agencies it was most in contact with the alienated ghetto poor. Perhaps its greatest contribution to ghetto self-help was the example of its workers--undereducated ghetto residents actively promoting their own and their neighbors' legal and human rights. A vital function was to uncover and remedy problems arising from existing institutional structures, and DLRA succeeded greatly in this area. Successes were attributed to direct Office of Economic Opportunity financing, small size, and the use of ghetto residents. Success in agency personnel training appeared to depend greatly on the home organization. (Recommendations were made on program operation and expansion and the placement of nonprofessionals.) (ly)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Disadvantaged, Ghettos, Indigenous Personnel, Job Placement, Job Training, Legal Aid, Legal Education, Professional Personnel, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Research, Social Agencies, Social Change, Social Services
David E. Hunter, Dept. of Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520
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Identifiers: Connecticut (New Haven); Dixwell Legal Rights Association CT