• Virtual legal clinic to aid Cairo women’s shelter

    by  • May 25, 2013 • News

    (AP) — Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she has expanded her virtual legal clinic program to provide assistance to domestic violence victims in southern Illinois’ Cairo Women’s Shelter.

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon

    The program allows victims of domestic violence to get a free legal consultation with a lawyer via webcams and high-speed Internet.

    They can get advice on issues including child custody and visitation, marriage and divorce, elder abuse, immigration and property issues.

    Simon is a former prosecutor and founder of the domestic violence clinic at Southern Illinois University School of Law. She says the program is “a confidential, effective way to help domestic violence survivors ensure their safety and the safety of their families.”

    The Cairo Women’s Shelter serves about 400 women a year from Alexander, Massac, Pulaski and Union counties.