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UPDATED March 19, 2015

Legal Assistance

California

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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.

 

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Sacramento

California Indian Legal Services, Inc. - Sacramento Office
117 J Street, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 978-0960; (800) 829-0284
Fax: (916) 400-4891
Web: http://calindian.org/
Provides free or low-cost specialized legal representation to Indians and Indian tribes. Counties served: Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Kings, Lake, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Yolo, Yuba.

Legal Services of Northern California - Sacramento Office
515 12th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 551-2150
Fax: (916) 551-2196
Web: http://about.lsnc.net/
Serving Sacramento County.

Mil Mujeres
2398 Fair Oaks Blvd., Suite 2
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 256-4290
Fax: (916) 459-3690
Web: http://www.milmujeres.org/aboutus.html
Email: sacramento@milmujeres.org
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. Their services include help with U visas, VAWA self-petitions and DACA immigration processes. There are costs associated with the services.

Salinas

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. - Salinas Office
3 Williams Road
Salinas, CA 93905
Phone: (831) 757-5221
Web: http://www.crla.org
Provides low-income rural Californians with free legal assistance and a variety of community education and outreach programs. The majority of our efforts can be classified in one of 5 major legal areas that we consider our organizational priorities. While we do not necessarily preclude cases that do not fall into one of these categories, we prioritize these issue areas and offer particular expertise on these legal issues: Education - Issues including securing students' rights; special education placement problems; suspensions and expulsions; Rural Health - provides legal advocacy to those facing barriers to health coverage and/or necessary medical services; Housing - involving tenants' rights; sub-standard housing; lockouts and utility shut-offs by landlords; housing discrimination; farm worker housing; rent deposit refunds and limited eviction defense; Labor and Employment - Issues including minimum wage and overtime claims; working conditions; retaliation; sexual harassment; and employees' rights; Leadership Development - promotes leadership and civic engagement, to help low-income communities engage in effective self-advocacy.

YWCA Monterey County - Legal Advocacy Program
236 Monterey Street
Salinas, CA
Phone: 831-422-8602
Fax: 831-422-8608
Web: http://www.ywca.org/site/pp.asp?c=anJHKMNrFqG&b=483047
Email: mail@ywcamc.org
The YWCA Legal Advocacy Program assists victims with court paperwork for restraining orders, as well as the preparation of cease and desist letters and court accompaniment. (Legal representation is NOT provided.) After an initial phone interview, the client will meet one-on-one with a Legal Advocate who then prepares the paperwork necessary to file a restraining order. All of our Legal Advocates are bilingual English/Spanish. Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday on a first come first serve basis. Legal Advocates also accompany clients to their restraining order hearings while providing emotional support and information on court procedures. Call 831-422-8602 to schedule an appointment.

San Bernandino

Mil Mujeres
255 North D Street, Suite 304
P.O. Box 877
San Bernandino, CA 92402
Phone: (909) 259-0395
Fax: (909) 236-5870
Web: http://www.milmujeres.org/aboutus.html
Email: sanbernardino@milmujeres.org
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. Their services include help with U visas, VAWA self-petitions and DACA immigration processes. There are costs associated with the services.

San Bernardino

Inland Counties Legal Services Inc. - San Bernardino Office
715 N Arrowhead Avenue, Suite 113
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Phone: (909) 884-8615 (during non-business hours, apply for help online at website below)
Phone: (800) 677-4257
Web: http://www.inlandlegal.org/
Free Legal Clinics provide legal services to low income people -- in Spanish and English. Senior Services provide free civil legal assistance to seniors who are 60 years or older and residing in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

San Diego

Center for Community Solutions - San Diego Office
4508 Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
Hotline: (888) 385-4657
Phone: (858) 272-5777
Web: http://www.ccssd.org
Domestic Violence Services: Hotline, Legal Services , Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy, Counseling Services, Shelter and Transitional Services; Sexual Assault Services: Hotline, Legal Services , Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy, Counseling Services. In the legal clinic, CCS has attorneys and paralegals offer assistance with getting temporary restraining orders, custody and divorce issues and victims of crime funding claims. Also provides court accompaniment and limited in-court representation. Services available in English and Spanish.

Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. - Main Office
110 S. Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114
Phone: 1-877-534-2524
Web: http://www.lassd.org
Legal Aid is available to low income individuals & disadvantaged communities for a variety of legal problems, including consumer, family disputes, welfare and health benefits, immigration and poverty law issues such as landlord/tenant disputes, disability support and family benefits payments. Federal Poverty Income Guidelines determine eligibility for free legal services.

Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. - Midtown Office
1764 San Diego Avenue, Suite 200

San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: 1-877-534-2524
Web: http://www.lassd.org
Legal Aid is available to low income individuals & disadvantaged communities for a variety of legal problems, including consumer, family disputes, welfare and health benefits, immigration and poverty law issues such as landlord/tenant disputes, disability support and family benefits payments. Federal Poverty Income Guidelines determine eligibility for free legal services.

The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC)
427 C Street
Suite 208
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.515.2200
Phone: 619.515.2211
Web: http://icwclaw.org/
Email: info@icwclaw.org
The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) is a non-profit legal organization providing affordable immigration services to underrepresented women and children in California (you can live in any county). ICWC strives to provide security and stability for children who are abused, abandoned or neglected and for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. ICWC provides legal services on a sliding scale fee system that is based on income and family size. Please call the Los Angeles, San Diego or San Francisco offices for an appointment.

San Francisco

Bay Area Legal Aid - San Francisco Office
1035 Market Street, 6th floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Hotline: (415) 354-6360
Phone: (415) 982-1300
Fax: (415) 982-4243
Web: http://www.baylegal.org/offices/san-francisco/
Bay Area Legal Aid provides free legal help for low-income people. We can help with issues relating to housing, domestic violence, public benefits and health care access. Our legal assistance is available to low-income people who live in the Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.

Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic
3543 18th Street, Box #5
San Francisco, CA 94110
Hotline: (415) 255-0165
Phone: (415) 864-1790 (office)
Fax: (415) 241-9491
Web: http://www.probono.net/sf/volunteer/item.cooperative_restraining_order_clinic_croc
Email: emberly@roclinic.org
The Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic (CROC) is a collaborative city-wide project which helps domestic violence survivors in San Francisco get restraining orders against their abusers. The services are free and confidential. At CROC, clients meet one-on-one with an interviewer who then prepares the paperwork necessary to file for a restraining order. Interpreters are available at the clinics for clients who do not speak English or Spanish. Child care is also available. Clinic appointments are scheduled on Saturdays or on Thursday evenings. After the initial interview, CROC files the client's restraining order request at the Family Court and obtains a Temporary Restraining Order that lasts until a hearing on a Wednesday morning. The Temporary Restraining Order must be personally served on the abuser, and CROC can assist with this service. CROC attorneys accompany clients to their restraining order hearings and arrange for interpreters if necessary. At the hearing, the Court can make a Restraining Order that lasts for up to five (5) years.

Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center (Domestic Violence and Employment Project)
180 Montgomery Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94107
Hotline: DV & Employment Helpline (888) 864-8335
Phone: Worker's Rights Clinic (415) 864-8208
Phone: Office (415) 864-8848
Fax: (415) 593-0096
Web: http://www.las-elc.org
Email: info@las-elc.org
Operates a helpline, answering questions about the employment rights of domestic violence survivors.

The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC)
3543 18th Street #32
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 861-1449
Fax: (619) 515-2211
Web: http://icwclaw.org/
Email: info@icwclaw.org
The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) is a non-profit legal organization providing affordable immigration services to underrepresented women and children in California (you can live in any county). ICWC strives to provide security and stability for children who are abused, abandoned or neglected and for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. ICWC provides legal services on a sliding scale fee system that is based on income and family size. Please call the Los Angeles, San Diego or San Francisco offices for an appointment.

San José

Mil Mujeres
1525 McCarthy Blvd., Suite 1051
P.O. Box 640034
San José, CA 95164
Phone: (408) 217-6785
Fax: (408) 636-1620
Web: http://www.milmujeres.org/aboutus.html
Email: sanjose@milmujeres.org
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. Their services include help with U visas, VAWA self-petitions and DACA immigration processes. There are costs associated with the services.

San Jose

Bay Area Legal Aid - San Jose Office (Santa Clara county)
2 West Santa Clara Street, 8th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113
Hotline: (408) 850-7066
Phone: (408) 283-3700
Fax: (408) 283-3750
Web: http://baylegal.org/locations-2/santa-clara-county/
Bay Area Legal Aid provides free legal help for low-income people. We can help with issues relating to housing, domestic violence, public benefits and health care access. Our legal assistance is available to low-income people who live in the Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.

Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County
W. Robert Morgan Legal Services Center
480 North First Street (at Empire Street)
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 283-1550 (Family Law/Fair Housing/Immigration)
Phone: (408) 998-5200 (Office)
Web: http://www.legalaidsociety.org
Email: info@legalaidsociety.org
The Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County (LAS) provides free, civil legal services for those low-income persons unable to obtain access to the judicial system through other avenues. LAS has the following services: Family Law - we provide legal services that include divorce, child custody and support, guardianship, conservatorship and juvenile law case work. Our family law unit also provides comprehensive domestic violence victim legal assistance; Fair Housing; Landlord/Tenant Rights - provides advice, counseling and representation in all landlord and tenant matters; Immigration and Naturalization - includes preparation and filing of petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

San Luis Obispo

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. - San Luis Obispo Office
1011 Pacific Street, # A
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 544-7997
Web: http://www.crla.org
Provides low-income rural Californians with free legal assistance and a variety of community education and outreach programs. The majority of our efforts can be classified in one of 5 major legal areas that we consider our organizational priorities. While we do not necessarily preclude cases that do not fall into one of these categories, we prioritize these issue areas and offer particular expertise on these legal issues: Education - Issues including securing students' rights; special education placement problems; suspensions and expulsions; Rural Health - provides legal advocacy to those facing barriers to health coverage and/or necessary medical services; Housing - involving tenants' rights; sub-standard housing; lockouts and utility shut-offs by landlords; housing discrimination; farm worker housing; rent deposit refunds and limited eviction defense; Labor and Employment - Issues including minimum wage and overtime claims; working conditions; retaliation; sexual harassment; and employees' rights; Leadership Development - promotes leadership and civic engagement, to help low-income communities engage in effective self-advocacy.

San Rafael

Bay Area Legal Aid - San Rafael Office (Marin County)
30 North San Pedro Rd.
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: (415) 479-8224
Fax: (415) 479-8549
Web: http://baylegal.org/locations-2/marin-county/
Bay Area Legal Aid provides free legal help for low-income people. We can help with issues relating to housing, domestic violence, public benefits and health care access. Our legal assistance is available to low-income people who live in the Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. Note: We are currently (as of 2015) assisting clients from Napa County in the areas of public benefits, including but not limited to Social Security Insurance (SSI), Social Security Disablity Insurance (SSDI), CalWORKs and Medi-Cal. If you need legal assistance regarding these benefit programs please call our Marin County office.

Santa Ana

Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services in Southeast Los Angeles County - Santa Ana Office
2102 N. Tustin Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: (800) 834-5001
Phone: (714) 571-5200
Web: http://www.legal-aid.com
Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) and Community Legal Services of Southeast Los Angeles County (CLS) provide legal advice, counseling and representation to low income individuals on various civil matters. The Santa Ana office serves the residents of Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Sunset Beach, Tustin, Villa Park and Westminster. Case Types: consumer, custody, dissolution of marriage, domestic violence, health, housing, individual rights, public benefits. Case restrictions: Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident (with some exceptions).

Santa Barbara

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. - Santa Barbara Office
22 N. Milpas Street, Ste. F
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone: (805) 963-5982
Web: http://www.crla.org
Provides low-income rural Californians with free legal assistance and a variety of community education and outreach programs. The majority of our efforts can be classified in one of 5 major legal areas that we consider our organizational priorities. While we do not necessarily preclude cases that do not fall into one of these categories, we prioritize these issue areas and offer particular expertise on these legal issues: Education - Issues including securing students' rights; special education placement problems; suspensions and expulsions; Rural Health - provides legal advocacy to those facing barriers to health coverage and/or necessary medical services; Housing - involving tenants' rights; sub-standard housing; lockouts and utility shut-offs by landlords; housing discrimination; farm worker housing; rent deposit refunds and limited eviction defense; Labor and Employment - Issues including minimum wage and overtime claims; working conditions; retaliation; sexual harassment; and employees' rights; Leadership Development - promotes leadership and civic engagement, to help low-income communities engage in effective self-advocacy.

Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara - Santa Maria Office
301 E. Cañon Perdido Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 805-963-6754
Fax: 805-963-6756
Web: http://lafsbc.org
Legal assistance is provided free to low-income people and senior citizens in the following areas of law: domestic violence, elder abuse, landlord/tenant, unlawful detainer (eviction), guardianship & conservatorship (of the person only), foreclosure, housing & homelessness, immigration assistance for victims of crimes (U visas). Monday–Thursday: 9:30am to noon, and 1:30–4pm Friday: by appointment. For an explanation of additional services, see the website here: http://www.lafsbc.org/services

Santa Maria

Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara - Santa Maria Office
301 S. Miller Street, Ste. 121
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: 805-922-9909
Fax: 805-347-4494
Web: http://lafsbc.org
Legal assistance is provided free to low-income people and senior citizens in the following areas of law: domestic violence, elder abuse, landlord/tenant, unlawful detainer (eviction), guardianship & conservatorship (of the person only), foreclosure, housing & homelessness, immigration assistance for victims of crimes (U visas). Monday–Thursday: 9:30am to noon, and 1:30–4pm Friday: by appointment. For an explanation of additional services, see the website here: http://www.lafsbc.org/services

Santa Monica

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles -- Santa Monica Office
1640 5th St., Suite 124
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Hotline: (310) 899-6200
Fax: (310) 899-6208
Web: http://www.lafla.org/service.php?sect=muni&sub=santamonica
Provides legal services to low-income residents of Santa Monica only. In addition, we have a Domestic Violence Clinic and a Self Help Legal Access Center at the Santa Monica Courthouse. Our attorneys also work closely with local agencies and city services to provide the following services: Housing & Eviction Defense; Tenant/Landlord Disputes; Government Benefits; Consumer Law; Naturalizations; Family Law/Domestic Violence; Self Help Legal Access Center.

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles's Domestic Violence Clinic
Santa Monica Superior Court, West District
1725 Main Street, Room 121 (1st floor)
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Web: http://www.lafla.org/service.php?sect=family&sub=help
Monday through Friday Hours: Intake at 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. No appointments. First come, first served basis. Priority is given to domestic violence, restraining orders, and child abduction and concealment.

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles's Legal Access Self-help Center
Santa Monica Courthouse
1725 Main St., Room 210
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Web: http://www.lafla.org/service.php?sect=muni&sub=longbeach
This walk-in clinic offers individuals who are representing themselves legal information, assistance in preparing legal forms, guidance on a variety of civil matters, including evictions, divorces and paternity actions, and civil harassment. Referrals to private attorneys or legal services programs are provided as needed. Walk-In Days and Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-12 noon, 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Fridays 9:00 a.m.-12 noon only.

Seaside

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. - Seaside Office
1364 Fremont Blvd
Seaside, CA 93955
Phone: 831-673-1377 (Intake on Monday only)
Fax: 831-757-6212
Web: http://www.crla.org
Provides low-income rural Californians with free legal assistance and a variety of community education and outreach programs. The majority of our efforts can be classified in one of 5 major legal areas that we consider our organizational priorities. While we do not necessarily preclude cases that do not fall into one of these categories, we prioritize these issue areas and offer particular expertise on these legal issues: Education - Issues including securing students' rights; special education placement problems; suspensions and expulsions; Rural Health - provides legal advocacy to those facing barriers to health coverage and/or necessary medical services; Housing - involving tenants' rights; sub-standard housing; lockouts and utility shut-offs by landlords; housing discrimination; farm worker housing; rent deposit refunds and limited eviction defense; Labor and Employment - Issues including minimum wage and overtime claims; working conditions; retaliation; sexual harassment; and employees' rights; Leadership Development - promotes leadership and civic engagement, to help low-income communities engage in effective self-advocacy.

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