Free & Low-Cost Legal Resources and Attorneys


Lawyers, legal clinics, legal advice, legal-ish services (accountants/CPAs, etc.), advocacy groups, etc. that may be useful to sex workers in Louisiana.

If you know of any low-cost or free legal resources, etc., please post them in the comments section at the bottom of the page, or email us at swop.nola@gmail.com.Add any you know of in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

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  1. SWOP-NOLA Post author

    for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault:

    The New Orleans Family Justice Center

    701 Loyola Ave. New Orleans, LA 70114
    504-592-4005

    http://www.nofjc.org

    “The FJC is an umbrella organization that provides comprehensive, free services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. We know that domestic violence and sexual assault affect all populations, and are looking to reach out to local agencies and organizations serving marginalized populations, especially LGBTQ people, in order to make sure that we are reaching as many people who need us as we can. We are interested in exploring what potential barriers may be keeping survivors from seeking our services. Sex workers can be a very hard group to reach, and your organization seems like a great avenue through which to let people know that we are a safe, non-judgmental place to seek services around domestic violence, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and stalking.”

    “We are an umbrella organization offering a variety of services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. All services are free and include shelter, legal aid, job-readiness training, case management and counseling for adult survivors and their children, all at one location.”

    “We offer the followings services to victim/survivors of sexual assault and rape, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, family violence, and stalking:

    § Counseling (Individual and Group)
    § Crisis Intervention
    § 24-hour Crisis Line
    § Comprehensive Case Management
    § Community Training and Education
    § Intervention Services for Children
    § Emergency Safe Shelter
    § Legal Advocacy

    Yes, the staff here are committed to providing services to anyone in need without judgment.
    We accept clients without insurance. All services are free of charge. There are no income requirements to qualify for services. At the first visit we inform clients of all services offered and that all services are free.

    The New Orleans Family Justice Center is open 8am -4:30pm Monday-Friday. Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are strongly encouraged.

    New Orleans Family Justice Center New Orleans, LA 70113
    (504) 503-0864
    24-hour crisis line (504) 866-9554

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  2. SWOP-NOLA Post author

    Baton Rouge Bar Association

    Baton Rouge Bar Foundation Pro Bono Project

    The Pro Bono Project accepts a limited number of cases each year. Civil (non-criminal cases are referred directly by Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corporation (SLLS) to the Pro Bono Project for placement with volunteer attorneys.

    To apply for free legal services, you must contact Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corporation at (855) 512-3980 or (225) 448-0080 or complete a web application at http://www.slls.org. Eligibility for service is based on gross income and in relation to family size, assets and case type. If SLLS accepts your case, it may be referred to the Pro Bono Project for placement with a volunteer attorney.

    If you do not qualify for free legal services, you may contact the Lawyer Referral and Information Service of the Baton Rouge Bar Association at 225-344-9926 for a referral to an attorney. The LRIS is a fee-based service.

    Ask-a-Lawyer

    The Pro Bono Project provides walk-in legal clinics two to three times a month at several locations throughout the greater Baton Rouge area. At Ask-A-Lawyer, volunteers provide legal advice at various social service agencies including Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Delmont Service Center of Baton Rouge, the East Baton Rouge Parish Branch Libraries and the surrounding area. Times and locations vary. Ask-A-Lawyer is first-come, first-served.
    Upcoming Ask-A-Lawyer Clinics

    Thirst for Justice – Law Clinic

    The Pro Bono Project provides a walk-in legal clinic every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. at the St. Vincent de Paul Bishop Ott Shelter located at 220 St. Vincent DePaul St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

    Volunteers provide legal counseling and advice to low income clients on matters of civil law only. Thirst for Justice is first-come, first-served.
    Upcoming Thirst For Justice Law Clinics

    Baton Rouge Family Court Self Help Resource Center (SHRC)

    The Self Help Resource Center at East Baton Rouge Family Court is a walk-in clinic for self-represented litigants in Family Court only. No advice is given at Self Help. At Self Help, law students, under the supervision of an attorney, provide information and assist in the completion of court-approved forms only.

    SHRC is designed to serve as a starting point for people who must navigate an unfamiliar and complex court system to resolve legal problems on their own. Volunteer attorneys and law students staff the SHRC and provide a number of services to self-represented litigants including:

    • Assistance with court forms
    • Facilitated use of http://www.LawHelp.org/LA
    • Referrals to free legal aid services
    • Access to case information through Clerk’s website
    • Answers to general inquiries about Family Court

    The SHRC volunteers provide legal information, but cannot provide legal representation in court or legal advice for self-represented litigants. The SHRC is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and is located on the fourth floor of the Nineteenth Judicial District Courthouse, located at 300 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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  3. SWOP-NOLA Post author

    The Pro-Bono Project

    Pro-Bono New Orleans

    The Project works with people from all walks of life—young or old, single, married or divorced, students, workers, the retired or unemployed, immigrants or citizens—to pair them with a volunteer lawyer who will help them resolve civil legal issues.

    The Project accepts only clients who meet federal income and asset eligibility requirements. Cases are screened for legal merit and selected based on our volunteers’ talent and time availability. Our How to Get Help page provides complete information about income eligibility and walks you through the process for requesting The Pro Bono Project’s help.

    The Project does not accept emergencies, criminal cases, or civil cases that are fee-generating. If your case is one The Pro Bono Project cannot accept, please visit our Clinics or Self-Help Resource Center pages for referral sources.

    Free Legal Clinics

    The Project hosts a wide range of free, community legal clinics that enable our volunteer lawyers to help area residents who meet The Pro Bono Project’s criteria with issues that may not require a legal remedy. Clinics provide a way for The Project’s volunteers to provide advice and guidance. Sometimes those we advise at a clinic become clients; often their problems are resolved on the spot. These clinics are staffed at various locations throughout the six parishes we serve.

    Some of the clinics we host include:

    Consumer debt
    Successions
    Elder issues
    Homelessness
    Employment and wage claims

    Current Clinic Schedule

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  4. SWOP-NOLA Post author

    Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana

    Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana

    CLEAN JACKET CAMPAIGN (Expungements)


    The moment an individual is arrested and taken into custody, that individual has a criminal history, regardless of innocence or guilt. The criminal consequences of an arrest or conviction are known as collateral consequences, which can be severe, unexpected, and long-lasting–even after an acquittal. The process to remove this stigma can be complicated and varies in every court in Louisiana. Obtaining an expungement can make the difference toward gainful employment and self-reliance. We can help.

    CLIENT RESOURCES


    JAC has free resources available for public use. JAC creates materials that may be useful in explaining court processes.

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  5. SWOP-NOLA Post author

    Loyola University College of Law

    Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

    Free tax preparation assistance for people with low to moderate incomes. For more information, call 504-861-5668, visit the website or e-mail the site coordinator. For pre-recorded directions, call 504-861-5665.

    Law Clinic

    Fair warning: As far as I can tell, Loyola’s website avoids stating anything about the process of applying for pro-bono legal representation or visiting the law clinic for help with a case. Any helpful hints are welcome.

    Fields of Practice:

    • Criminal Defense
    • Community Justice
    • Immigration Law
    • Prosecution
    • Family Law
    • Workplace Justice
    • Environmental Policy Advocacy
    • Technology and Legal Innovation
    • Children’s Rights

    Pro-Bono Law Clinic

    Areas of practice include such fields as domestic law, homeless law, mental health law, juvenile law, social security issues, the death penalty, elder law, consumer law, and AIDS issues.

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  6. SWOP-NOLA Post author

    AIDSLaw of Louisiana

    AIDSLaw of Louisiana, Inc. is a Louisiana not-for-profit corporation formed in 1989 to provide free legal services to low-income persons living with HIV and AIDS. AIDSLaw is the only organization in the state dedicated to addressing the legal needs of the affected community and has served more than 10,000 residents.

    AIDS Law Services

    AIDSLaw of Louisiana, Inc. provides free assistance with HIV-related legal problems.

    In addition to the issues of estate planning, HIV infection makes it important for you to think about several other issues, such as confidentiality and discrimination, child custody, and insurance and financial planning.

    The AIDSLaw staff can provide you with additional information on these subjects and, when necessary, refer you to an HIV-sensitive and experienced attorney. If you are unable to afford an attorney, we will arrange for you to see one on a reduced or no-cost basis.

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  7. SWOP-NOLA Post author

    WomensLaw.org

    Provides state-specific legal information and resources for survivors of domestic violence. Confidential Email Legal Hotline to offer direct support to survivors, their advocates, friends and family members.

    Re: sex work – Proceed with caution. The website quotes Melissa Farley, refers to sex workers as “prostituted women,” and counts (apparently voluntary) street prostitution, massage parlors or brothels, escort services, strip clubs, phone sex, and pornography as “sexual exploitation.”

    Legal Assistance in Louisiana

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  8. SWOP-NOLA Post author

    New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation (NOLAC)

    New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation

    Access to our civil justice system can determine whether a family has a place to live, food to eat, basic subsistence income, health care, adequate education and protection from domestic violence and abuse.

    For those who cannot afford a lawyer, there is help. The New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation (NOLAC) is a non-profit law firm which provides free civil legal assistance for the 300,000 low-income persons in Greater New Orleans.

    NOLAC provides many different services to its clients. They include:

    Family and Juvenile Law

    • Assistance to Family Violence Victims
    • Divorce
    • Child Custody Disputes
    • Child Custody Transfers and Adoptions
    • Child Support
    • Child Neglect
    • School Discipline and Students’ Rights
    • Small Successions

    Disability Income

    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits
    • Social Security Disability Benefits
    • Veteran’s Benefits

    Welfare and Health Care

    • Food Stamps
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • Job Training Programs
    • Medicaid and Medicare
    • Health Insurance Problems
    • Medical Bill Disputes

    Employment

    • Unemployment Compensation
    • Civil Service Appeals
    • Employment Discrimination
    • Pension Benefits

    Housing

    • Landlord Tenant Issues
    • Eviction Defenses
    • Illegal Lockouts or Utility Cutoffs by Landlords
    • Home Foreclosures
    • Housing Discrimination
    • Public Housing Tenants’ Rights

    Consumer Protection

    • Consumer Debt and Bankruptcy
    • Unfair Sales and Consumer Fraud
    • Unfair Debt Collection Practices
    • School Loans
    • Defective Products or Services
    • Insurance: Unfair Practices and Denial of Coverage or Payment
    • Public Utilities: Termination and Billing Disputes

    Who Can NOLAC help?

    Any low income resident of St. Bernard, Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Charles Parishes. Our services are available to low income persons without regard to race, religion, sex, age, handicap, sexual orientation or national origin. Generally, a person is eligible for our legal services if his family income is less than 125% of the poverty level.

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  9. SWOP-NOLA Post author

    Orleans Parish Public Defenders

    Orleans Public Defenders Website

    2601 Tulane Avenue, Suite 700
    New Orleans, LA 70119

    Tel: (504) 821-8101
    Fax: (504) 821-5285

    Contact via Website for General Inquiries, Info, & Questions

    Staff Directory – If you need to contact a specific person by name please search the Staff Directory

    The Orleans Public Defenders represents over 80% of all individuals who have a legal case in the city. Our clients are citizens of New Orleans who come from rich and diverse communities that deserve an advocate during the difficult and confusing court process that takes place.

    VISION

    The Orleans Public Defenders Office (OPD) exists to provide the citizens of Orleans Parish with the highest quality client-centered legal representation in Louisiana’s criminal and juvenile justice system. Our vision is to create a community-oriented defender office built upon the zealous defense of the poor and indigent while acknowledging the strengths of clients, families and communities. OPD acts to:

    Protect the guarantees of the Louisiana and United States Constitutions and maintain adherence to the rule of law
    Foster a more open and inclusive society by increasing access to and protection within the courts for the poor and indigent
    Assist in the development and expansion of rehabilitation and alternative programs for clients and their families

    MISSION

    The mission of the Orleans Public Defenders Office is to provide each eligible client with client-centered legal representation of the highest quality – zealous, conscientious, caring, professional, ethical and skilled – whether in criminal, juvenile or municipal/traffic court.

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  10. SWOP-NOLA Post author

    Capital Area Legal Services Corporation

    200 3rd St
    Baton Rouge LA 70801-1304

    Phone: 225-387-5173
    Fax: 225-387-4802
    Intake Phone: 800-256-1900

    Type of Cases Accepted: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Torts, Terminating Parental Rights, Real Estate, Juvenile, Health, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, Adoption, AIDS/HIV

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    Lafayette Parish Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers

    PO BOX 2194, 505
    Lafayette, LA 70502

    Phone: 337-237-4700
    Fax: 337-237-0970

    Parishes Served: Lafayette

    Type of Cases Accepted: Consumer, Elder Law, Wills, Real Estate, Dissolution, Custody

    Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers

    The Lafayette Volunteer Lawyer program provides pro bono civil legal services for those who qualify financially. LVL receives all of its cases from Acadiana Legal Service Corporation (ALSC). ALSC completes an initial intake on potential LVL clients, gathering information and determining financial eligibility (generally, 125% of the national poverty guidelines). After completing the initial intake, ALSC sends the qualified cases to the LVL office.

    Protective Order Panel

    For those struggling with physically abusive situations and unable to handle the legal burdens required to exit those situations, the Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation’s Protective Order Panel is a program that will help a victim of domestic violence to obtain a Title 46 Protective Order against their abuser. To learn more information about this program and how it can help you or a loved one, please call Tammy Derouen at 237-4700.

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