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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

“The Quietest Legend” to Lead LAJC’s Board as its New President

We are thrilled to announce that Ted Howard has been elected by our Board of Directors as its new President! 

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2024 General Assembly Wrap-Up

The General Assembly completed its reconvened (“veto”) session last month, and we wanted to provide a more complete rundown of outcomes for our legislative priorities.

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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear LAJC Civil Rights Case

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the government’s appeal of our victory in Lackey v. Stinnie, putting civil rights enforcement and access to the courts at risk across the country.

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Virginians to State Leaders: Deliver Justice on Court Debt

Virginians with lived experience; elected officials including Delegates Price, Cousins, Jones, and Hernandez; Senator Williams-Graves; and advocates from the Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), The Commonwealth Institute, New Virginia Majority, Nolef Turns, and the Fines & Fees Justice Center (FFJC), spoke in support of current and future efforts to reform Virginia’s court debt system. 

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The General Assembly Begins!

Today marks the start of the 2024 Virginia General Assembly Session, and we are excited for the chance to once again advocate alongside community partners, coalitions, and other organizations for meaningful change in our state.

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Charlottesville approves historic zoning improvements

On December 18, the Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to pass historic zoning legislation after almost seven years of hard work by activists, community members, city staff and leaders, and experts across the region.

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Open enrollment is here!

Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act health insurance begins today and runs until January 15, 2024! Many people can purchase low-cost—or even free—health insurance during this time using the Affordable Care Act Marketplace.

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Victory towards protecting and reuniting families

Sometimes you can lose in the courts and still win. One recent example: our case J.E.C.M. et al. v. Dunn Marcos et al. that has now come to a close after nearly five years of fighting.

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Welcome our new Legal Director of our Housing and Consumer & Medial Debt Advocacy!

We are thrilled to announce Catherine Cone as our new Legal Director overseeing the LAJC Housing team’s work defending tenant’s rights, fighting mass evictions, and dismantling legal and other barriers to safe and affordable housing.

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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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