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How the Federal Trade Commission and Advocates Together Can Benefit Low-Income Consumers

By Thomas B. Carter & Monica Vaca

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the government’s consumer-protection arm, formed the Legal Services Collaboration to work with legal aid attorneys to protect low-income consumers. The FTC can bring large cases and share its expertise, but it needs frontline information from legal aid attorneys to make its enforcement efforts as effective as possible. One such collaboration between the FTC’s immigration initiative and Catholic Charities of Baltimore targeted a local notario scam against immigrants and yielded a broader campaign to protect immigrant consumers nationwide.

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