V.I.T.A.L. Advocacy and Legal Assistance
Mission: “To achieve equal justice for poor people, to work with clients to promote social justice, and to address the effects and root causes of poverty.”
- We work to increase access to the courts
- We advocate for fairness in the application of law
- Client perspectives inform our advocacy and priorities
- We embrace a broad view of lawyering
- We make things better while practicing preventative law
Our lawyers provide:
- Core essential representation on legal problems related to people’s ability to meet their basic human needs
- Community education and empowerment to help people better help themselves
- Advocacy to improve systems that underlie our clients’ problems and the barriers to their success
Our Mission: Lawyers for Children America is a leading child advocacy organization protecting the rights of children who are victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect by providing quality pro bono legal representation and collaborating for systematic change to improve the lives of children. Lawyers for Children America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
- To implement services that will help children and youth who are victims of abuse and neglect;
- To increase pro bono efforts on behalf of children by establishing institutional commitment on the part of major law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, national, state and local bar associations and universities, and by establishing local affiliates of Lawyers for Children America across the United States to support that commitment;
- To improve the child welfare system in coordination with other national and local organizations;
- To increase public awareness of issues related to youth and violence.
For Connecticut Based Resources: LOTS OF REGIONAL OFFICES AND SUPPORT LISTINGS!
New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc. (English and Español)
New Haven, Connecticut 06510-2069
Phone: 203-946-4811 | Fax: 203-498-9271
New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc. (NHLAA) is a nonprofit organization that was incorporated on April 7, 1964 to “secure justice for and to protect the rights of those residents of New Haven County unable to engage legal counsel.” NHLAA was one of the first legal services programs established and the federal government used it as a model for similar programs throughout the country. We are an office of attorneys, paralegals, and legal secretaries committed to protecting the rights and improving the lives of our client communities. Many of our staff have been with LAA for more than twenty years.
Get Help! Starting March 16, 2020, New Haven Legal Assistance Staff are working but our physical office space is not open to the public.
We are responding to email, voicemail, and fax. We are not accepting walk-in appointments, but we will still take new clients by telephone interview.
Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut staff is a dedicated and experienced group of people working to provide assistance to eligible people seeking help with legal problems affecting their most fundamental rights.
Our Volunteers: there have been hundreds of people who have donated their time and expertise to help us and other legal aid organizations across the state assist low-income people with legal problems in Connecticut over the past year.
How to Get Assistance: You can use our Legal Help Finder to see what help is available.
To Apply for Our Help: Please call Statewide Legal Services (SLS) to determine if you qualify for free legal services. SLS staff will ask you some questions and may give you legal advice. If you have the kind of case GHLA handles, SLS will refer your case to us. GHLA will then review your application and decide if we will take your case. All calls and applications are private and confidential.
SLS call-in hours are:
Monday – Friday
9 am to 12 noon and 1 to 2 pm
From Hartford: 1-860-344-038
The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) was founded in 1997 by long-time civil rights attorney Martha Stone. Attorney Stone wanted to create a nonprofit law firm that specialized in children’s legal issues, and envisioned an organization that would bring legal resources from the law office to community sites easily accessible by children and youth; be a one-stop shop providing holistic legal services to meet all of a child’s legal needs, including education, abuse and neglect, and access to health care; depend on very little state money, enabling zealous legal advocacy for child clients even in cases involving the state; have an interdisciplinary focus, partnering with medical and education professionals to bring expertise from those fields to children’s cases.
CCA combines three advocacy strategies – individual legal representation; legal rights training for youth, parents and professionals; and advocacy for system reforms. Training and systemic advocacy maximize the reach of CCA’s staff. Trainings increase and improve legal advocacy for children, and systemic reforms benefit thousands of children beyond individual legal representation.