Places that Help: Federal
Lawyer and Advocate Support
ASISTA Immigration Technical Assistance Project
Their purpose is to centralize assistance for advocates and attorneys facing complex legal problems in advocating for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Battered Women's Justice Project, (Part of the Domestic Violence Resource Network)
1801 Nicollet Ave. So., Suite 102
Minneapolis, MN 55403-3745
Assists victims, legal advocates, law enforcement personnel, corrections agents, judges, attorneys, domestic violence organizations, government agencies, students and concerned citizens. The project provides training, technical assistance, and other resources (but not the fighting of individual legal cases) through a partnership with three nationally-recognized organizations, in the areas of criminal justice, civil justice, and battered women who are charged with crimes. If you are a victim, they may be able to help you plan for your safety and clarify your options regarding legal action as you take steps to deal with a violent relationship.
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
CAST will provide shelter and legal services to persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices.
Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP)
DV LEAP represents domestic violence survivors from any state in selected cases requiring an appeal or to defend against an appeal. They consider all kinds of DV-related appeals, including civil protection order issues, family law (custody, divorce, property, etc.) Hague Convention issues, and criminal issues (e.g., self-defense, admissibility of expert testimony, etc.). They sometimes provide friend-of-the-court (amicus) briefs in appeals if the party already has a lawyer. To request help, go here: https://www.dvleap.org/application
Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence
383 Rhode Island Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-5331
This national clearinghouse provides support for those interested in developing a comprehensive health care response to domestic violence in all health care settings. Provides resource and training materials, technical assistance, information and referrals, and models for local, state and national health policymaking. Part of the National Health Initiative on Domestic Violence, a program of the Family Violence Prevention Fund, and part of the Domestic Violence Resource Network.
40 Exchange Place, 17th Floor
NY, NY 10005
Immigration Equality is a national organization that advocates for equality under the immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and HIV-positive individuals. We serve as an information clearinghouse, giving LGBT foreign nationals and their loved ones up-to-date information about immigration law via trainings, informational materials, and by answering email and telephone inquiries. We run a pro bono asylum project to assist LGBT and HIV-positive asylum seekers to find free or low-cost legal representation. Immigration Equality also maintains a list of LGBT/HIV-friendly private immigration attorneys to provide legal representation for those who contact us. We also provide technical assistance to attorneys who are working on sexual orientation, transgender identity, or HIV status-based asylum applications, or other immigration applications where the client’s LGBT or HIV-positive identity is at issue in the case.
Legal Momentum takes a select number of cases per year and also provides referrals to victims. Victims must fill out a legal assistance form found here. Legal Momentum also provides information about immigration and support to lawyers representing battered women in immigration cases.
Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women
800-556-4053 Survivors Only
This organization helps advocates and lawyers with issues of interstate custody where domestic violence is involved. The LRC can also try to assist survivors of domestic violence to find legal representation for interstate custody cases.
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
125 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
800 903-0111 ext. 3
A resource and advocacy center for battered women charged with any crime in which their history of abuse is relevant (or potentially relevant) to their legal defense. Through its work, the organization aims to increase justice for — and prevent further victimization of — arrested, convicted, or incarcerated battered women. Staff provide customized technical assistance to battered women charged with crimes and to members of their defense teams (defense attorneys, advocates, expert witnesses and others). Please contact them via telephone; they accept collect calls from incarcerated battered women.
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Family Violence Project
(775) 784-6012 Business calls
Operates the Resource Center on Domestic Violence and other ongoing projects, including ones on: improving the court system's response to family violence cases; providing training for judges and court workers nationwide; and developing and promoting model state legislation on domestic and family violence.
National Crime Victim Bar Association
2000 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Lawyer Referral Line: 800-FYI-CALL
Offers information and lawyer referrals to crime victims seeking to sue offenders and responsible third-parties.
National Crime Victim Law Institute
We pair crime victims with free attorneys who fight to secure their rights. We do this through our national network of legal clinics and our National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys (NAVRA). We also ensure that every attorney and advocate can make the best arguments for the victims they serve by providing them with legal technical assistance in the form of legal research, writing, and strategic consultation. In addition, we file amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in victims’ rights cases nationwide. NCVLI rarely provides any legal services directly to victims. When a victim contacts NCVLI we work to pair that victim with support services in his or her area, and to find a lawyer in our pool of pro bono attorneys who is willing to provide free or low cost legal services focusing efforts on active criminal cases and protecting victims’ rights during investigation, prosecution and post-conviction. We will then partner with those volunteer lawyers to ensure top quality advocacy on behalf of the victim. If you are seeking assistance with referrals, please fill out our online referral request form on the website.
National Immigration Law Center
A national support center whose mission is to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants. Conducts policy analysis and impact litigation and provides publications, technical advice, and trainings to a broad constituency of legal aid agencies, community groups, and pro bono attorneys.
National Legal Aid & Defender Association
1140 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
NLADA is the nation's leading advocate for front-line attorneys and other equal justice professionals, representing legal aid and defender programs, as well as individual advocates.
National Network to End Domestic Violence
660 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20003
The National Network to End Domestic Violence is a membership and advocacy organization of state domestic violence coalitions, allied organizations and supportive individuals.
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, (Part of the Domestic Violence Resource Network)
TTY: (800) 553-2508
Provides comprehensive information and resources (including videos, publications and information packs), policy development, and technical assistance designed to enhance community responses to and prevention of domestic violence.
1825 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
This national, public interest law firm offers cutting-edge legal briefs and news on public interest issues, including civil rights, elder law, reproductive freedom, violence prevention, and women's rights. This is the only site on the Internet where you can find complete contact information for all legal aid, legal services, and poverty law offices in the U.S.
The Hague Domestic Violence Project
The Hague Domestic Violence Project provides information for mothers, lawyers, judges, and advocates involved in a domestic violence case brought under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Our goal is to help mothers, attorneys, judges and advocates incorporate child exposure to domestic violence as a defense to the otherwise required return of the child to his home country.
VAWnet Library is an online resource for advocates working to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violence in the lives of women and their children. VAWnet is a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV).
Vera Institute of Justice
Vera plans and demonstrates solutions often building nonprofit organizations from successful demonstrations studies social problems and current responses, and provides the advice and assistance leaders need to change their own systems. Vera addresses the issue of domestic violence through its Consulting Nationally project.
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