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What We Do

We partner with clients and communities across Virginia to fight for racial, social, and economic justice.

Together we are dismantling the systems that create and perpetuate poverty. 

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Christopher Rashad Greene – Organizer – Legal Aid Justice Center
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It’s back to school season!

We are here to support youth and families by sharing helpful resources on common education access and enrollment issues that young people may encounter during the academic year.

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An Antiracist History of Legal Aid

Because the history of legal aid is an American history, and structural racism is a founding principle of America, the story of legal aid is also a story of how structural racism has operated in the evolution of legal aid over time.  

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(Re)opening our doors in Petersburg

On Tuesday, August 1st, we invited community members and partners into our Petersburg office for an Open House! We were thrilled to have so many old and new faces in our Sycamore St. office. 

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A Positive End to a Long Fight

Nearly four years ago, we first heard from a family in Annandale whose father had been detained by surprise by ICE at what he thought would be a routine check-in. After a long fight, the family is finally safe in the knowledge that they can stay in the United States permanently.

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LAJC Legal Clinics

Each year, we teach legal clinics with George Mason University and the University of Virginia School of Law focusing on a wide range of issues from youth advocacy to immigrants’ rights and much more.

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We’re Hiring!

Let’s work together to achieve racial justice, social justice and economic justice.

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How We Work

We fight for justice using direct representation, community organizing, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public relations to advance community goals.  

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The Issues

  • Immigration

    We work alongside immigrant communities to fight the deportation, detention, and separation of immigrant families, end ICE abuses of immigrants, and include immigrant youth in state benefits like in-state tuition.

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  • Criminal Legal System

    We advocate alongside those impacted by the criminal legal system against the harms of policing, incarceration, and the court system.

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  • Youth, Family, & Schools

    We provide legal services to youth and families and advocate for changes that keep young people in school, out of the criminal legal and child welfare systems, and protected from discrimination.

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  • Consumer & Medical Debt

    We fight to protect consumers who have been targeted by predatory businesses and lenders by providing them with legal support and advocating for systemic reforms.

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  • Housing

    We defend tenants’ rights, fight mass eviction, and dismantle legal and other barriers to safe and affordable housing.

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  • Workplace

    We organize alongside and litigate on behalf of migrant, immigrant, and low-income worker communities across the Commonwealth to advocate for better working pay and working conditions on a local, state, and national scale.

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  • Healthcare & Public Benefits

    We promote health equity by dismantling legal and financial barriers to healthcare access and protecting and advancing people’s rights in the administration of public benefits programs, such as unemployment, food stamps, cash assistance, and disability insurance.

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