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  • 24-Hour Legal Representation

    AGENCY: FIRST DEFENSE LEGAL AID
    ADDRESS: 5100 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60644
    CONTACT: Samoane Williams
    PHONE: 1-800-529-7374
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    24 Hours

    First Defense Legal Aid provides free, 24-hour legal representation to people in Chicago Police custody and educates Chicagoans about how to protect their constitutional rights. We undertake these activities to promote fairness and accountability in the justice system.

  • General Law and Gender Transitioning Legal Help

    AGENCY: THE LAW OFFICE OF JILL ROSE QUINN
    ADDRESS: 4753 N. Broadway Ave., Ste #608, Chicago, IL 60640
    CONTACT:
    PHONE: (773) 777-9277
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE:
    HOURS:
    10:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. and by appointment, Every Monday through Friday

    General practice law firm serving members of the LGBTQ community in the following areas: Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Traffic Law, Family Law, Wills, Estates and Probate, Assistance with issues related to lesbian and gay partnerships, transition issues for the transgendered.

    Associated Tags: discrimination , estate planning , general law , legal , The Law Office of Jill Rose Quinn , transgender & queer

  • Family Law

    AGENCY: JILL METZ & ASSOCIATES
    ADDRESS: 5443 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
    CONTACT: Jill Metz
    PHONE: (773) 878-4480
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    We have been providing legal services for over 25 years. Our services include: lesbian/gay family law, second parent adoption, estate planning, real estate, domestic relations, business law, and condominium representation.

    Associated Tags: adoption , domestic relations , estate planning , family , family law , Jill Metz & Associates , legal , violence

  • Comprehensive Programming and Support

    AGENCY: CHICAGO HOUSE/TRANSLIFE CENTER
    ADDRESS: 1925 N. Clybourn St., Ste. 401, Chicago, IL 60614
    CONTACT: Channyn Parker
    PHONE: (773) 248-5200 ext. 333
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    Chicago House’s newest program, the TransLife Center (TLC), officially launched in 2013. The TLC provides comprehensive programming and support to transgender individuals.

    TransHealth provides a variety of resources and health information to transgender people impacted by HIV/AIDS, poverty, homelessness, chronic illness, and/or mental health issues.

    Chicago House provides both on-site and scattered-site housing options for transgender individuals.

    The TransLegal Program provides holistic and affirming legal services, self-help legal assistance, and legal education to transgender people to support the overall mission of the TransLife Center (TLC) and the personal success of its participants.

    The mission of TransWorks is to advance employment and work opportunities for transgender individuals. TransWorks consists of a 3-week skill-building workshop, career coaching, mentorship, and internship opportunities.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , Chicago House , health , HIV , HIV positive , housing , legal , queer , services , support , The Chicago House , transgender , Translife

  • Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP)

    AGENCY: TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE LAW PROJECT OF ILLINOIS
    ADDRESS: 4707 N. Broadway Ave., Ste. 307, Chicago, IL 60640
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 272-1822
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP) is a collective of radical lawyers, social workers, activists, and community organizers who are deeply committed to prison abolition, transformative justice, and gender self-determination.

    Prison abolition is a movement to create lasting alternatives to punishment-based institutions such as prisons, jails, juvenile, immigrant, and military detention centers.  Gender self- determination means having control over our own gender identities, free from limitation.  Transformative Justice seeks to resist state- run responses to violence (such as the police state and systems of punishment, detention, and incarceration) and instead promotes support, compassion, dialogue and community building. In this way, reliance on violent and oppressive State level systems is transformed and replaced with community empowerment.

    Associated Tags: activist , community , empowerment , gender self-determination , law , lawyer , social worker , support , TJLP , transformative justice , Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois , transgender & queer

  • HIV+ Legal Resources

    AGENCY: AIDS LEGAL COUNCIL OF CHICAGO
    ADDRESS: 180 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 2110, Chicago, IL 60601
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 427-8990
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Monday through Friday 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

    The AIDS Legal Council provides legal assistance in cases where an individual’s HIV status, real or perceived, is the cause of his or her legal difficulties. We assist clients with discrimination cases, insurance disputes, return-to-work questions and confidentiality issues. We help those who come to us because they are too ill to work and need assistance applying for public benefits.

    We provide legal help to immigrants with HIV who want to normalize their status in the United States. And we help clients who need to write wills, powers of attorney or guardianships to guarantee that their loved ones will be cared for in case of serious illness or death.

     

    Associated Tags: advocacy , AIDS , AIDS Legal Council of Chicago , assault and hate crimes , benefits assistance , confidentiality problems , discrimination , employment problems , HIV , immigration status , insurance disputes , juvenile justice , legal , transgender & queer , violence

  • Free Legal Services

    AGENCY: LAMBDA LEGAL
    ADDRESS: 105 W. Adams St., 26th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 663-4413
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown

    Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

    As a nonprofit organization, we do not charge our plaintiffs for legal representation or advocacy, and we receive no government funding.

    Associated Tags: assault and hate crimes , discrimination , estate planning , free , HIV , interpersonal violence , juvenile justice , Lambda , LAMBDA LEGAL , legal , queer , transgender

  • HIV, AIDS, and LGBTQ Advocacy and Legal

    AGENCY: AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU)
    ADDRESS: 180 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 2300, Chicago, IL 60601
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 201-9740
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Not Listed

    The ACLU of Illinois (ACLU), and its affiliated Roger Baldwin Foundation (RBF), are non-partisan, non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting the liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, the state Constitution, and state/federal human rights laws.

    The ACLU accomplishes its goals through litigating, lobbying and educating the public on a broad array of civil liberties issues.

    Our advocacy is legendary in the areas of racial justice, religious liberty, freedom of expression, the rights of children and people with disabilities, criminal justice reform, fairness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender individuals and reproductive justice.

    Associated Tags: ACLU , advocacy , American Civil Liberties Union , civil liberties , criminal justice reform , discrimination , education , freedom of expression , gender non-conforming , juvenile justice , legal , lobbying , racial justice , religious liberty , reproductive justice , transgender & queer

  • Legal Clinic and Referrals

    AGENCY: CENTER ON HALSTED
    ADDRESS: 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60613
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 661-0779
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Legal program works with an extensive network of LGBTQ-friendly attorneys to provide our community with access to legal resources. Through a short phone conversation, callers to the legal program can either receive referrals to Center on Halsted-affirmed attorneys (who have shown evidence of LGBTQ-competence and friendliness) or schedule an appointment with a volunteer attorney at our weekly legal clinic.

    Appointments are 45 minutes in length, and can provide basic information about the issue, possible options and/or referrals to other legal advocacy groups or other social service resources.

    These appointments are not intended for individuals who are looking for legal representation, but instead for individuals needing more information. Individuals who have more complex needs or who require representation can access referrals to LGBTQ-affirming attorneys through our legal phone line.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , Center on Halsted , COH , discrimination , estate planning , legal , legal resources , LGBTQ-competence , social services , transgender & queer , volunteer attorneys