Helpful Organizations

Helpful Organizations

Free or Reduced Fee Legal Aid


Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. - Ottawa Office
1021 Clinton Street Ottawa, IL 61350| View map
Phone: 815-434-5903
TTY: 815-434-6011
Toll-free: 800-892-7888
Languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese/Mandarin, English, Farsi, French, French Creole, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Tribal Languages, Urdu, Vietnamese
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Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is a non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal aid to people who cannot afford an attorney. Prairie State serves 36 counties in northern and central Illinois, outside of Cook County. Your eligibility for help from Prairie State Legal Services will depend on whether:


  • You meet our income and asset guidelines, or are age 60 or older.
  • We have no ethical conflict of interest regarding your legal issue.
  • You live within Prairie State's service area, or have a civil legal problem in one of the counties in our service area.
  • You meet the citizenship or immigration requirements established by Congress. Immigrants who are fleeing domestic violence or trafficking are eligible for legal help regardless of immigration status in matters to address the abuse.
  • Government regulations do not prohibit Prairie State from handling your type of legal problem.
  • You have a legal problem that can be addressed by Prairie State's attorneys and that fall within our established priorities.

Types of Legal Help

Due to high demand for our services, our staff is able to provide representation in certain areas of civil law designated as a priority. The following kinds of problems are examples of cases that we might be able to help with (not an exclusive list):

High Priority Cases

  • Family Law: Protection from abuse or exploitation for domestic violence victims, elderly, children and persons w/disabilities; divorce and related relief for domestic violence victims.
  • Housing Law: Evictions and lock-outs; foreclosure defense; loss or denial of subsidized housing benefits; loss or denial of essential public utilities; substandard housing conditions cases that cannot be addressed by other agencies.
  • Health Care: Loss or denial of medical or nursing home care; loss or denial of medical benefits (Medicaid, Medicare).
  • Needs-based government assistance: Loss or denial of SSI, GA, TANF, VA, food stamps.
  • Other income benefits where alternative representation is unavailable: Loss or denial of unemployment insurance, Social Security Disability benefits.

Other cases we might be able to handle

  • Family Law: Child support, custody, guardianship, visitation, parental rights, divorces for non-domestic violence victims.
  • Housing: Rent issues; security deposits; unit size; discrimination.
  • Education: admission, expulsion, special education & related services.
  • Health care and people with disabilities: powers of attorney and other health care documents; discrimination and reasonable accommodations.
  • Income or benefits: overpayments of government assistance; health insurance matters; employment issues.
  • Consumer Law: Bankruptcy or other debt relief; consumer fraud; protection of exempt income and assets; unfair debt collection practices; repossession; contract defenses.


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YWCA of the Sauk Valley
115 W. First Street Dixon, IL 61021| View map
Phone: 815.288.1232
Toll-free: 815.288.1011
Languages: English
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The YWCA of Sauk Valley's Domestic Violence Program assists survivors of domestic violence by offering the following comprehensive services:

  • 24-hour hotline: Our crisis line at (815) 288-1011 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Our phones are answered by trained professionals. We can help callers access emergency services including safe shelter, medical care, obtaining Orders of Protection and much more 
  • Legal Advocacy: Our program assists with obtaining legal protection from domestic violence. Our court advocates help with filing for Orders of Protection, provide information and support throughout the entire legal and criminal process, and can provide referrals to attorneys who are able to help with other legal remedies.
  • Medical Advocacy: Our staff help victims in medical settings and can provide trainings and information to health care professionals.
  • Shelter: We are able to provide emergency shelter for adults and children escaping domestic violence. We can assist victims with finding housing, child care, economic support, and finding services to address other personal needs such as substance abuse or mental health.
  • Counseling and Support Groups: We counsel victims to help them recover from the trauma of domestic violence and help them gain a sense of control in their lives.
  • Children's Services: Children's advocates assist parents and children with handling the issues that go along with surviving domestic violence. Our staff are able to help coordinate services with schools, child care providers, health care providers and others as needed. Individual and group counseling is available as needed.


New Americans Initiative
Chicago, IL | View map
Phone: (312) 332-7360
Languages: English, Spanish
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The New Americans Initiative is a non-profit partnership between the State of Illinois and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to help eligible Legal Permanent Residents through the process of becoming a U.S. citizen, with FREE assistance.


At New Americans Initiative workshops, legal permanent residents receive FREE assistance to prepare their naturalization application, legal services (if needed) and information on free citizenship classes. We currently have 32 partner organizations throughout Illinois that holds these workshops! Please visit to learn about the upcoming Citizenship Workshops in YOUR area!


Latinos Progresando
3047 W. Cermak Road
Second Floor Chicago, IL 60623| View map
Phone: (773) 542-7077
Languages: English, Spanish
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The mission of Latinos Progresando is to promote the advancement of our community through the highest-quality, affordable legal immigration services, youth leadership development, arts and culture and civic engagement.

Based in Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods, Latinos Progresando is a nonprofit organization that works with immigrants and their families to build stronger and healthier communities.

The Legal Services program provides Family-Based Immigration Legal services, including an initiative that reaches immigrant victims of domestic violence. Latinos Progresando and its legal immigration caseworkers are all accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals,the nation's highest immigration court, and is listed as a referral agency for the local office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Our agency's reputation for high-quality service draw clients from as far away as Waukegan, Bolingbrook,Aurora,Rockford.

Our Immigration Legal Services program works to reunite families and strengthen their stability through Petitions for Adjustment,Citizenship,Renewal of Legal Permanent Residency,Relative Petitions, Employment Authorization,FOIA requests,Removal of Conditional Residency and Self-Petitions for Victims of Domestic Violence.  LP also works to dispel myths surrounding the Immigration process and reduce the incidence of fraud by empowering community residents with information on immigrant rights and updates on immigration law via community education presentations.

Violence Against Women Act Program

Through LP's Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) initiative we assist women/men victims of domestic violence in petitioning for their immigration status without being dependent on their abusive U.S Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident spouse,parent or son/daughter. Upon approval of the VAWA self-petition the survivor/victim is able obtain employment authorization which will allow them to get a social security card,State I.D/Drivers License and finally their Legal Permanent Residency.

Our office is open:

Tuesday-Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 3pm

Our consultation hours are:

Tuesday: 9am-2pm

Wednesday-Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm

No appointments necessary. All Legal Services staff is bilingual in English and Spanish.


National Immigrant Justice Center
208 South LaSalle Street
Suite 1300 Chicago, IL 60604| View map
Phone: 312-660-1370
Languages: English, French, Spanish
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Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

The National Immigrant Justice Center provides comprehensive immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

Our staff of attorneys and paralegals are ready to provide immigration legal assistance to:

NIJC charges income-based fees for some consultations and services.  Please click here for more information about scheduling a consultation, including NIJC's consultations in Lake County, Illinois. 





Erie Neighborhood House
1347 W. Erie Street Chicago, IL 60642| View map
Phone: (312) 666-3430
Languages: English, Spanish
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Serving Immigrant Communities Since 1870 

While the superb caliber of our programs differentiate us, our history defines us. This incomparable experience has helped us build an organization that has not only learned from its past but is prepared to take on the future.

As the demographic and economic landscapes have shifted, Erie has served as a stalwart in the immigrant community.  Beginning with the Ukrainian diaspora at the turn of the 20th century to today's vibrant Mexican community, Erie's commitment to service and education has never waivered.  

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Serving Immigrant Communities Since 1870 

While the superb caliber of our programs differentiate us, our history defines us. This incomparable experience has helped us build an organization that has not only learned from its past but is prepared to take on the future.

As the demographic and economic landscapes have shifted, Erie has served as a stalwart in the immigrant community.  Beginning with the Ukrainian diaspora at the turn of the 20th century to today's vibrant Mexican community, Erie's commitment to service and education has never waivered.  

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Since 1996, Erie House has been providing citizenship education and navigating the US naturalization process. Recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) in 2010, Erie House's Citizenship and Immigration Program has been championing the way for the immigrant community in Chicago and Northeastern Illinois. Immigrant Legal Services are provided by BIA accredited representatives and Immigration Attorney in the area of family-based immigration.

We provide legal consultations for Citizenship and Naturalization on a walk-in basis on Mondays from 9am - 4pm at 1347 W Erie St. Chicago, IL 60642. No appointment needed.

Erie Neighborhood House is also the legal and processing agency for the Northwest Chicago Collaborative of the New Americans Initiative. We provide monthly, volunteer-driven Naturalization workshops throughout the Chicago area. Please call 1-877-792-1500 for information on upcoming citizenship workshops near you.

We also provide walk-in consultations Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm at 1347 W Erie St. Chicago, IL 60642 for the for:

  • Renewal of Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
  • Family Petitions
  • Consular Processing
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Benefits for victims of crimes or domestic violence (U-visa and VAWA)
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Deferred Action for Parents for US Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA)


Indo-American Center
6328 N. California Avenue Chicago, IL 60659| View map
Phone: (773) 973-4444
Languages: English
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The Indo-American Center is non-profit 501(c)(3) status organization. Our mission is to promote the well-being of South Asian immigrants through services that facilitate their adjustment, integration, and friendship with the wider society, nurture their sense of community, and foster appreciation for their culture and heritage.


The Indo-American Center was established in 1990 by a group of Indian immigrants seeking to respond to the wide range of needs within Chicago’s South Asian immigrant population.

Who We Serve

The Indo-American Center provides an array of direct service to immigrants – ranging from those who have recently arrived to those who have been in the U.S. for some time. The majority of our clients come from nations in the South Asian region, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. Although the Center was originally developed and is best linguistically and culturally situated to provide support to the South Asian community, it does not limit its services based on race, religion, or creed. Today, the Center sees an increasing number of clients from the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and Haiti.

Programs & Services

The Indo-American Center’s programs are the heart of our organization. Through our eight main programs, we address the common challenges that our clients face after moving to the United States, including social isolation, limited English and computer skills, and limited knowledge of the resources available to them. We strive to help our clients become empowered and connected through a range of educational programs, resources, and social services.

These programs include;

  • Citizenship and Immigration Services-Assisting clients with citizenship and family-based immigration needs.
  • Adult Literacy Program-Furthering English language learning among adults. 
  • Seniors’ Program-Promoting socialization and facilitating adjustment to life in the United States.
  • Civics Education-Preparing clients for the U.S. Naturalization Exam and interview.
  • Public Benefits Assistance-Facilitating access to public benefits.
  • Youth Program-Promoting socialization and learning among youth.
  • Computer Education-Advancing basic computer literacy in the community.
  • Cyriac D. Kappil Legal Clinic-Providing no-cost legal services.


The Immigration Project, Inc.
510 E Washington St, Ste 318
PO Box 3065 Bloomington, IL 617023065| View map
Phone: 309-829-8703
Toll-free: 800-298-3235
Languages: English, French, Spanish
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The Immigration Project is a not-for-profit organization consisting of four lawyers, one citizenship specialist, and a team of volunteers.  The Immigration Project provides access to quality legal services in Central and Southern Illinois.  Due to the complexity of immigration law, we have found that access to quality legal consultations is essential to keeping families united, building secure communities, and protecting victims of crime.  We offer initial consultations where you can ask all your questions.  Whether or not we would take your case is a matter for discussion during that consultation.  for domestic violence cases, we charge a small fee for postage and copying.  For Lawful Permanent Residents applying for citizenship, our services are only $10.00 for all cases that do not need representation (over 60%).  Deferred Action cases (also referred to as "DREAMers" or "Student Program" or "Obama Program") are charged $200 or less.  All other cases (family reunification, temporary protected status, renewals of work permits or Permanent Resident cards, naturalization cases that need representation, etc.) are charged on a sliding scale fee according to the size and income of the family.

We are based in Bloomington Illinois and have a monthly consultation clinic in our home office, but travel every six weeks to the Quad Cities, Kankakee,  East St. Louis and Carbondale.  We also offer consultation clinics every three months in LaSalle, Champaign and Peoria.  We have traveled to other areas as the need or request demands.  Beginning in 2012 we began offering 6 to 9 Saturday walk-in clinics per year in communities not on our regular travel schedule.  We offer free Citizenship Information Meetings in each of these locations and sometimes include help afterwards with the initial paperwork required to be completed by the client.  We will also conduct Citizenship Information Meetings by Skype in any location in central and southern Illinois.

For all cases except citizenship, it is necessary to arrange an appointment ahead of time to get a consultation.  Please call our office on Mondays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for this purpose.

Please note that the Immigration Project does NOT serve the following 16 Counties: Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will, and Winnebago. 


Lambda Legal Midwest Regional Office
105 W. Adams
Suite 2600 Chicago, IL 60603| View map
Phone: 312-663-4413
Languages: English, Spanish
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Lambda Legal is committed to achieving full recognition of the civil right of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV.  The Midwest Regional Office has three attorneys devoted to sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV/AIDS issues.

Lambda's Legal Help Desk responds directly to members of our communit(ies) who are seeking legal information and assistance with discrimination related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and HIV status. 

The Midwest Regional Office accepts Help Desk calls at any time during business hours (M-F 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.). Call 312-663-4413, ask for the Help Desk, and a Help Desk staff person will assist you. If Help Desk staff is busy helping other callers, your call will automatically be routed to the Legal Help Desk voicemail.


Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
555 West Harrison Street Chicago, IL 60607| View map
Phone: 312-325-9155
Languages: English, Spanish
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The Domestic Violence Legal Clinic serves survivors of domestic violence who need legal assistance.  We use our location at the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse (555 W. Harrison, Chicago) to provide same-day services for people who need Orders of Protection.  Our intake hours are Monday - Friday, from 8:30-1:30 (or until we reach capacity).  To apply for our Order of Protection services, come to our office during our intake hours and speak with a staff member.  We cannot guarantee that we will be able to represent you.  

DVLC also provides comprehensive family law services.  To apply for assistance in a parentage or divorce case, please call our office at 312-325-9155.




Justice for Our Neighbors
Fourth Street UMC
551 S. Fourth Street Aurora, IL | View map
Phone: (630) 301-6906
Languages: English, Polish, Spanish
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Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) is a faith-driven ministry, welcoming immigrants into our churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education and advocacy. The JFON program was initiated by the General Board of Global Ministries in 1999 and has served thousands of immigrants throughout the United States.

Joining over 30 clinics operating nationwide, JFON-Northern Illinois Conference opened its first clinic on April 2nd, 2011. The first clinic site is in the Aurora Cluster of churches, with the clinic currently housed at Fourth Street UMC in Aurora.

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What We Do

•Family Petitions
•Adjustment of Status
•Asylum Applications
•Representation in Immigration Court
•Religious Worker Visas
•Self-Petition under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
•U Visas for Victims of Crime
•T Visas for Victims of Trafficking
•Temporary Protective Status
•Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
•Advice and Counsel

Our services provided regardless of race or religion.

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Information on ICE and relevant websites:

ICE Detention – Finding your family member:If you believe that a loved one is being detained by Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE), you can call the ICE detention facilities where you think
he or she is being held. A list of detention facilities is listed on ICE’s
website at: If you are certain
that your loved one is being detained, but ICE does not have your love one’s
information, you can try calling the US Marshall’s office nearest the
detention facility. Sometimes the US Marshalls will restrict ICE’s ability
to give information about the detainee’s identity if the detainee will
testify for the US government in a federal case (e.g., against a smuggler).
A list of US Marshall district offices is listed at:

ICE Detention – Getting a Family Member released on bond:

If your loved one has been detained, he or she may ask an immigration judge
to order his or her release under bond while his or her case is pending. A
bond is an amount of money paid to the Department of Homeland Security to
guarantee that the detainee will appear in court for all of his or her
hearings and obey the immigration judge’s order. If your loved one attends
all of his or her hearings, and obeys the judge’s order, then the money will
be returned to the person who paid the bond at the end of the proceedings
(regardless of whether he or she wins or loses). If your loved one does not
appear in court, the money will not be returned and he or she may be ordered
removed or deported by the immigration judge. A judge cannot order a loved
one’s release or set a bond if he or she was detained while entering the
United States or if he or she has been convicted of serious crimes (although
some exceptions apply). It is a good idea to consult an attorney to discuss
whether your loved one is eligible for a bond (you may make an appointment
with our JFON attorney, if needed). The immigration judge will consider two factors
when deciding whether to grant, reduce or increase a bond: 1) Whether your
loved one will be a danger to the community and 2) Whether your loved one
will be a flight risk if released.

Data compiled from various sources, including the National Immigrant Justice



Midwest Center on Law & the Deaf
P.O. Box 804297 Chicago, IL 60680| View map
Phone: 800-894-3653
TTY: 800-894-3654
Languages: English, American Sign Language
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MCLD provides information to the general public on the rights of deaf and hard-of-hearing people, and helps deaf and hard of hearing people find attorneys willing to provide accessible legal services.  If you or a deaf or hard-of-hearing person you know needs a lawyer, please call MCLD to help you find one.


Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights
55 E. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 2075 Chicago, IL 60604| View map
Phone: 312-332-7360
Languages: English, Spanish
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ICIRR is dedicated to promote the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. In partnership with our member organizations, the Coalition educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship and civic participation; monitors, analyzes, and advocates on immigrant-related issues; and, informs the general public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees.


Legal Advocacy Center of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
216 W Jackson
8th floor Chicago, IL 60606| View map
Phone: 312-673-2740
Languages: English
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Legal Advocacy Center of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago provides legal representation, consultations, and information and referral services and specializes in the areas of special education law, mental health and developmental disabilities law, and adult guardianship law. 


Chicago Law and Education Foundation

Languages: English
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The Chicago Law and Education Foundation provides Chicago Public School students and families access to legal services and legal education.

CLEF’s current programs include free after school legal clinics, open house events, and educational initiatives focusing on a variety of issues including domestic violence, immigration, and tenants rights.

The Chicago Law and Education Foundation was incorporated in 2010 by teacher/attorney Dennis Kass. CLEF mission is to provide long-term support for legal clinics and legal educational initiatives in Chicago Public Schools. Although a handful of organizations and individuals have worked to create legal clinics and programs in Chicago Public Schools in the past, those programs struggled to be sustainable. CLEF’s long-term goal is to establish free legal clinics and relevant education programming throughout Chicago Public Schools.

CLEF launched a pilot clinic at Little Village Lawndale High School at the beginning of 2010. The legal clinic was once a week after school. High school students helped operate the clinic, serving as initial intake, providing translation services for Spanish speaking clients, and working on the various initiatives.


Disability Rights Legal Center

Phone: 1-866-843-2572
Languages: Spanish, English
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The mission of the Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) is to champion the rights of people with disabilities through education, advocacy, and litigation.

The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) is a national, joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School Los Angeles. The CLRC provides free information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to cancer survivors, caregivers, health care professionals, employers, and others coping with cancer.

A cancer diagnosis may carry with it a variety of legal issues, including insurance coverage, employment and taking time off work, access to health care and government benefits, and estate planning. These legal issues can cause people unnecessary worry, confusion, and stress, and can be overwhelming. When these legal issues are not addressed, people may find that although they have gotten through treatment, they have lost their homes, jobs, or insurance coverage.

Where Do You Turn For Help?

The CLRC has a national, toll-free Telephone Assistance Line (866-THE-CLRC) where callers can receive free and confidential information about relevant laws and resources for their particular situation. Members of the CLRC's Professional Panel of attorneys, insurance agents, and accountants can provide additional assistance.

The CLRC has assisted tens of thousands of individuals on the Telephone Assistance Line (866-THE-CLRC). Since its founding in 1997, the CLRC remains unique, providing invaluable cancer-related legal information and resources to people nationwide. The success of the Center's work is reflected in the enormous need for the information it provides. The CLRC continues to serve patients, caregivers, survivors, and others coping with cancer through the Telephone Assistance Line, conferences, seminars, workshops, education and outreach programs, and other cancer community activities.

For additional questions, please email

Visit for more information about cancer-related legal issues and services provided by the Cancer Legal Resource Center


Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)
307 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 1818 Chicago, IL 60601| View map
Phone: 773-244-2230
Languages: English, Farsi, French, Spanish
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Sexual Assault Justice Project at CAASE

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) offers free legal advice and representation to survivors of sexual assault or commercial sexual exploitation. We represent survivors of sexual assault and rape, as well as people who have survived harm in the commercial sex trade (including sex trafficking and prostitution). Examples of our work:

  • Accompanying survivors to police and prosecutor interviews;
  • Advocating for survivors with the criminal justice system;
  • Assisting survivors with housing, employment, and education problems;
  • Representing survivors in civil litigation, including pursuing Civil No-Contact Orders; and
  • Utilizing the Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Crimes Act and providing legal representation to survivors of exploitation through prostitution.

We do not charge for our services regardless of income.
To learn more, or to schedule a free consultation, please call 773-244-2230, ext. 4. or email


The Law Project
100 North LaSalle Street
Suite 600 Chicago, IL 60602| View map
Phone: 312-939-3638
Languages: English, Spanish
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The Law Project (TLP) of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights meets the transactional legal needs of nonprofit community organizations and low income entrepreneurs by recruiting volunteer attorneys to negotiate and review contracts and leases, develop or revise corporate documents (bylaws, board policies, etc.), protect intellectual property, develop or revise employment policies, guide directors serving on Boards about their fiduciary obligations, real estate acquisition and financing and other legal matters that are not in dispute or litigation.

Nonprofit community- based organizations serving low-income neighborhoods or populations in the greater Chicago metropolitan area may be eligible for TLP's legal services. The Law Project coordinates free legal services for the transactional needs of these organizations if the organization has insufficient funds to hire counsel, is accountable to the community, and the proposed project will provide social services and/or revitalize the neighborhood and increase community control.  

Low income entrepreneurs are eligible for representation through the Small Business Program if they have a completed a business plan, and are able to articulate the need for the business and its impact on the surrounding community and match the income eligibility requirements set for below.  The Law Project coordinates free legal services for the transactional needs of eligible entrepreneurs.   Income eligibility ranges from $40,000 household income for a family of 1 to $60,000 household income for a family of 5.

Some areas of law TLP commonly assists with include, but are not limited to: obtaining recognition of 501(c)(3) public charity status using IRS Form 1023, maintaining tax exempt status under 501(c), nonprofit and small business organizing documents including articles of incorporation and LLC operating agreements, commercial leases, contract drafting, licensing agreements, Illinois Attorney General Charitable Organization registration (Forms CO-1, CO-2), charity compliance guidance (including when to file IRS Form 990), employment law documentation, employee versus independent contractor distinction, real estate closings for single family homes through the CHA Choose to Own Program, and intellectual property.

TLP's application for legal assistance is available at 



John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic
315 South Plymouth Court Chicago , IL 60604| View map
Phone: 312 360 2656
Languages: English
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The Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic (VLSC) specializes in appealing denied veteran’s benefits claims, including service-connected benefits, pension benefits, survivor benefits, and education benefits. The VLSC works on all aspects of Veteran Benefits Administration claims, from the initial, factual intake to the technical representation of claims at the appellate level. To effectively represent veterans in the VA claims process, the VLSC recruits, trains, and manages a network of pro bono


Lawyers for the Creative Arts
213 West Institute Place
Suite 403 Chicago, IL 60610| View map
Phone: 312-649-4111
Languages: English
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We provide free legal services to all areas of the arts: visual, performing and literary. We serve individuals and organizations. For free services, individuals must have a household income of $35,000 or less. Non-profit organizations must have a budget of $350,000 or less. We also serve profit making arts groups and persons over our eligibility limit on a reduced fee basis.  We assist with business formation, intellectual property protection, contracts, disputes and litigation, and rights of personality and publicity.  We can, occasionally, help with immigration matters but have few volunteers able to assist with these matters and plaintiff side employment cases.  Please see our website to review our Pro Bono Policies and Referral Procedures.

To apply for our services please visit and complete the online application.


Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-Chicago
17 N. State Street
Suite 1500 Chicago, IL 60602| View map
Phone: 312-212-1520
Languages: Arabic, English, Urdu
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CAIR-Chicago is a local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR is the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization and was established to promote an accurate image of Islam and Muslims in America. CAIR-Chicago’s mission is to defend civil rights, fight bigotry, and promote tolerance. The Civil Rights Department counsels, mediates, and advocates on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination, defamation, or hate crimes. The department works to protect and defend the constitutional rights of Muslims to freely practice their religion and be treated in a non-discriminatory manner.

In addition to pursuing individual complaints of religious discrimination reported to CAIR-Chicago, the Civil Rights Department has implemented several ongoing special projects that target important issues in the diverse Muslim communities. The Citizenship Delay Project works to end the lengthy delays in the citizenship process for Muslims applying for U.S. citizenship. The Employment Discrimination Project assists Muslims facing religious discrimination in the workplace. The Travel Free Project deals with complaints of Muslims encountering problems while traveling. The Police Misconduct Project advocates and represents clients in cases of discriminatory treatment by law enforcement. The FBI Project assists individuals contacted by FBI agents, fully protecting their constitutional rights when being questioned. The Prison Project secures the rights of Muslim inmates to practice their religion freely as well as seeks to ensure that inmates are treated humanely.

If you feel you have been the victim of any form of discrimination because you are Muslim, or because you were mistaken to be Muslim, please contact CAIR-Chicago at 312-212-1520 to see how we can help.


Equip for Equality
20 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 300 Chicago, IL 60602| View map
Phone: 800-537-2632
TTY: 800-610-2779
Toll-free: 800-537-2632
Languages: American Sign Language, English, Spanish
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The mission of Equip for Equality is to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities in Illinois.  Equip for Equality serves people who have:

  • a developmental disability such as autism, cerebral palsy and mental retardation.
  • a significant psychiatric disability such as depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia (we give priority to individuals at risk for abuse due to seclusion, restraint, and any related serious injuries or fatalities, neglect, or civil rights violations, while residing in residential facilities).
  • a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act other than one that is developmental or psychiatric such as blindness, deafness or hard of hearing, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, paraplegia, quadriplegia and multiple sclerosis.
  • traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Some of our work involves assistive technology needs, voting access and participation for individuals with disabilities, and vocational rehabilitation services, employment services, and other support services for Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities.

How to Request Services

People seeking assistance should call (800) 537-2632 on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. We accept limited calls on Tuesday and Thursday from individuals in institutions (usually when they are emergencies only).


Debtors Legal Clinic
79 W. Monroe St
Ste 1213 Chicago, IL 60604| View map
Phone: 312.765.7587
Languages: English
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We represent consumers being sued by third-party debt buyers on consumer debts. We do not charge for our services. Clients are responsible for their own court costs when they don't qualify to have their court fees waived. We are staffed by volunteer law students and volunteer attorneys who are members of the National Association of Consumer Advocates.


Legal Self-Help Center


Lee County Legal Self-Help Center
Dixon Public Library
221 S. Hennepin Avenue Dixon, IL 61021| View map
Phone: 815.284.7261
Languages: English
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The Lee County Legal Self-Help Center provides legal information to Lee County residents about their legal rights and responsibilities, instructions on how to handle common legal problems, assistance with some legal documents and forms, and referrals to free and low-cost legal services.

The Legal Self-Help Center does not provide legal advice to its patrons. Instead, it offers legal information to customers on such topics as instructions for available forms, answers to general legal questions, and information on court procedures.

Private Attorney Referrals

Illinois State Bar Association
424 South Second Street Springfield, IL 62701| View map
Phone: 217-525-5297 (LAWS)
Toll-free: 800-922-8757
Languages: English
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Illinois Lawyer Finder is the Illinois State Bar Association's lawyer directory. This online referral service is designed to serve everyone who can afford the services of a lawyer. If you prefer a telephone referral please call Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We charge no referral fee, and our operators can put you in touch with a lawyer in your area who has agreed to provide an initial consultation for no more than $25 for the first half-hour.


Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois Lawyer Referral Service
321 South Plymouth Court Chicago, IL 60604| View map
Phone: 312-554-2045
Languages: English, Spanish
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Our 24-hour answering service provides referrals to private English/Spanish-speaking attorneys with experience in every area of the law.  Please call 312-554-2045.