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Professional Legal Resources for Advocates

Please review these organizations' websites and inform yourself about their specific services, to ensure that the referrals you provide to survivors are appropriate. If a survivor you are working with has a legal need that cannot be addressed by these organizations, please contact WCSAP for technical assistance and to connect with other legal service providers and technical assistance providers.

In Washington:

  • Sexual Violence Legal Services of the YWCA of King and Snohomish Counties (formerly Sexual Violence Law Center) provides consulting, technical assistance, and training for attorneys and rape crisis center advocates; free and confidential Legal Information and Referral Helpline for survivors (or people assisting survivors); resources and publications for attorneys, advocates, and survivors. In King County and Snohomish County, SVLS also provides holistic legal services, including direct legal representation, for survivors. Visit http://www.ywcaworks.org/programs/svls
  • Washington LawHelp provides free legal information and a guide to free and low-cost legal help to low-income persons in Washington, including a directory of legal aid programs by county. Visit www.washingtonlawhelp.org
  • Northwest Justice Project provides free legal information, advice, limited assistance, representation, community education, outreach, and other community-based advocacy throughout Washington. Visit www.nwjustice.org
  • Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral (CLEAR) is Washington's toll-free, centralized intake, advice, and referral service for low-income people seeking free legal assistance with civil legal problems. Visit http://nwjustice.org/get-legal-help
  • Legal Voice works to advance legal rights for women in the Northwest. They take on court cases with the potential to improve the quality of life for women; they advocate to elected and appointed officials to ensure that women receive fair treatment; and they have a telephone line people can call for free legal information. Visit http://www.legalvoice.org/tools/
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice for low-income immigrants by pursuing and defending their legal status. They focus on providing direct legal services, supported by education and public policy work. Visit http://www.nwirp.org/
  • County bar associations may have a list of attorneys willing to take on pro bono cases. For a list of county bar associations, visit http://www.wsba.org/Legal-Community/County-Bar-Associations
  • Washington State Bar Association's Moderate Means Program is a statewide reduced-fee lawyer referral program. The program is for people who would not be eligible for legal aid services but cannot afford to hire a private attorney. Visit http://moderatemeanswa.org/
  • TeamChild provides free legal representation and advice to youth, as well as legal education, resources, and trainings to community partners. Visit www.teamchild.org
  • Street Youth Legal Advocates for Washington provides information and education to homeless and at-risk youth in the areas housing, education, employment, family law, consumer law, and public entitlements. Visit sylaw.org
  • Center for Child and Youth Justice advances justice for and enhances the lives of children and youth through juvenile justice, child welfare, and related systems reform. Visithttp://www.ccyj.org

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Reviewed: December 6th, 2016