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Where to Find Help

UPDATED July 24, 2015

Legal Assistance

District of Columbia

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Included in this list are organizations that provide free or low-cost legal services to victims of abuse and others who qualify.   Even if the organization does not have a lawyer available to represent you in court, you may want to ask if there is a lawyer who you can consult with to get advice.  Please note that we list the organizations by the town/city or county where the office is located – however, many offices may likely serve multiple counties.   We indicate the “counties served” whenever possible.  You can click the blue “View All” button to look through the complete list of organizations.

Amara Legal Center
Phone: 202-662-9800
Web: http://www.amaralegal.org
Provides free legal services to individuals in the D.C. Metro Area whose rights have been violated through commercial sex. The Amara Legal Center provides trauma-informed legal services for the most common legal issues associated with domestic sex trafficking: civil protection orders, child custody, restitution for losses, public benefits, expungement of criminal records, and advocacy in criminal cases.

American University Washington College of Law Women and the Law Clinic
4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: (202) 274-4140
Phone: (202) 274-4000
Web: http://www.wcl.american.edu/clinical/women.cfm
The Women and the Law Clinic is made up of law students who represent clients in child custody and support, domestic violence, and child neglect cases under the supervision of their professors.

Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (LRC)
1012 14th Street, NW
Suite 450
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 393-3572
Web: http://www.apalrc.org
Email: helpline@apalrc.org
Advocates for the legal and civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans in the D.C. metropolitan region through Community Legal Education, Legal Services and Advocacy.

Ayuda
6925B Willow Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
Phone: (202) 387-4848
Web: http://www.ayuda.com
Offers holistic legal services and social services in a culturally-sensitive environment to low-income immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. They can help with family law/domestic violence issues for D.C. residents or if the abuse occurred in D.C. For Maryland residents, they provide consultations only. (They have a separate office in Virginia.) They also help with immigration legal issues. For social services, they provide crisis intervention and comprehensive case management services, assisting clients with emergency and transitional shelter, food, clothing, medical and mental health care for themselves and their children, and individual or group therapy for DC’s immigrant residents who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

Bread for the City Legal Clinic (Northwest)
Northwest Center
1525 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 265-2400
Web: http://www.breadforthecity.org
Email: info@breadforthecity.org
The Domestic Violence Community Legal Services Project, provides the legal services necessary (Civil Protection Orders, divorce proceedings, child custody, etc.) to assist low-income District residents who are experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault. Also provides food, clothing, social services, medical services and counseling for qualified applicants. Services offered in Spanish.

Bread for the City Legal Clinic (Southeast)
Southeast Center
1640 Good Hope Road, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Phone: (202) 561-8587
Web: http://www.breadforthecity.org
Email: info@breadforthecity.org
The Domestic Violence Community Legal Services Project, provides the legal services necessary (Civil Protection Orders, divorce proceedings, child custody, etc.) to assist low-income District residents who are experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault. Also provides food, clothing, social services, medical services and counseling for qualified applicants. Services offered in Spanish.

Break the Cycle
P.O. Box 66165
Washington, DC 20035
Phone: 202.824.0707 (office)
Web: http://www.breakthecycle.org
Our legal services are free and are available to young people who are 12 to 24 years old and living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and seeking help because of dating abuse, domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault. We have services in English and translation services available in 8 languages.

Catholic Charities
924 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-772-4352
Web: http://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/ILS
Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services (ILS) focuses on the provision of direct legal immigration services to foreign-born individuals and their families. Walk-ins: Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am. A $60 consultation fee is required.

Catholic University Columbus School of Law Family and the Law Clinic
3600 John McCormack Road NE
Washington, DC 20064
Phone: (202) 319-6788
Web: http://clinics.law.edu/FALC.cfm
Student Attorneys at the Family and the Law Clinic address immediate safety needs and assert their legal rights by obtaining emergency temporary and civil protection orders (CPO). Students also represent clients in longer-term litigation arising from their abusive family situations, including resolving complex divorce, legal separation, property and debt distribution, child custody, child visitation, and child support matters. Additionally, students are able to respond to the unique needs of immigrant victims of domestic violence, helping them to attain legal status and employment authorization through VAWA self-petitions, battered spouse waivers, and U visa applications.

D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
1101 K Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 737-4700
Web: https://www.dcbar.org/pro-bono/
The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center offers neighborhood brief advice and referral clinics and resource centers at the D.C. Superior Court that may help you as you navigate your legal issues. The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center runs the following clinics: Advice and Referral Clinic; Consumer Law Resource Center; Free Divorce Clinic; Free Child Custody Clinic; Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic; Landlord Tenant Resource Center; Legal Information Help Line; Probate Resource Center; and Tax Sale Resource Center.

D.C. Employment Justice Center
1413 K Street NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 828-9675
Web: http://www.dcejc.org
Provides free legal advice for all employment law issues, including violence in the workplace. Workers' Rights Clinic offered on the last Saturday of the month from 10am-1pm at Bread for the City (SE location): 1640 Good Hope Road, SE; every Wednesday night at Bread for the City (NW location): 1525 7th Street, NW from 6-8pm; and the first and third Fridays of every month at 2811 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE from 12pm-3pm.

D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project
5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 440
Washington, DC 20015
Phone: (202) 885-5542
Phone: (202) 425-7573 (walk-in resource clinic)
Web: https://www.dcvlp.org/
Provides free legal services to survivors of domestic violence in Civil Protection Order cases and related custody and divorce cases. Runs the Domestic Violence Resource Clinic to assist survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking with legal matters, housing, and case management.

Georgetown Domestic Violence Clinic
111 F Street NW, Suite 334
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 662-9640
Web: https://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/academic-programs/clinical-programs/our-clinics/domestic-violence-clinic/
Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic represent victims of intimate abuse in civil protection order (CPO) cases.

Legal Counsel for the Elderly
601 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20049
Hotline: 202-434-2170
Phone: 202-434-2120
Web: http://www.aarp.org/states/dc/LCE.html
Legal Counsel for the Elderly is a free service for people who are 60 or older, live in the District of Columbia, and are in need of legal assistance. Handles most types of civil (not criminal) legal matters.

Mil Mujeres
1419 V Street NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 560-5237
Fax: (202) 567-6377
Web: http://www.milmujeres.org/index.html
Mil Mujeres provides direct legal services in the area of immigration law to low-income Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence, physical assault, sexual assault, and human trafficking, and to Spanish-speaking immigrant children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned.

Neighborhood Legal Services Program
680 Rhode Island Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 832-6577
Web: http://www.nlsp.org/
Neighborhood Legal Services Program is a nonprofit law firm that provides free legal information, advice and representation in civil legal matters to low-income District of Columbia residents including survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Network for Victim Recovery DC (NVRDC)
5321 First Place NE
Washington, DC 20011
Web: http://www.nvrdc.org/
Email: info@nvrdc.org
NVRDC provides comprehensive services to crime victims (including victims of sexual assault and domestic violence) through community-based education, therapeutic and legal support in order to achieve justice and encourage self-determination. Direct services include case management with therapeutic and victim advocacy, civil legal services and criminal legal services.

Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia Domestic Violence Unit
500 Indiana Avenue NW, Room 4550
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 879-0152
The Office of the Attorney General Domestic Violence Unit represents victims of domestic violence in Civil Protection Order cases. The office also prosecutes violations of Civil Protection Orders.

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
1331 H Street NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 628-1161
Web: http://www.legalaiddc.org
The domestic violence/family law attorneys represent clients in a wide range of intrafamily matters in the D.C. Superior Court, including civil protection orders, custody, divorce, and child support. Also offer legal services for other civil legal matters such as housing and public benefits.

U.S. Attorney's Office Witness Assistance Unit
Domestic Violence Intake Center
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 252-7130
The Victim Witness Assistance Unit provides assistance to victims and witnesses of serious crime while they are involved with the criminal justice system. Unit Staff will also help victims understand how the criminal justice system works and assist with restitution and services.

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