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Lt. Gov. Simon expands virtual legal clinic to aid women in Cairo women's shelter 


Associated Press
May 25, 2013

CARBONDALE, Illinois — 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.

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.