“I want to know what happens when someone gets turned in for sexual abuse because I want to report my uncle, but I don’t want our family to be separated.” – 15 year old
Even if you’re under 18, you DO have rights.
- You have the right to always be safe. This means safety from being hurt by anyone.
- You have the right to clean clothes, a clean bed, a safe place to live.
- You have the right to see a doctor when you are sick and when you need a check-up.
- You also have the right to see a dentist.
- You have the right to go to school.
There is a program called the Children’s Rights Project (listed below) whose goal is to serve young people who are in need of legal representation. A few of the areas where they can provide you with legal services are: education, emancipation, government benefits, health care, immigration, and civil rights. You are eligible for assistance if you are under the age of 18.
LEGAL ASSISTANCE RESOURCES
213-368-6010Alliance for Children’s Rights
Appointment only. No walk-ins.
FREE legal services for low income children and teens.
213-385-2977Children’s Rights Project of Public Counsel
M-F 9am-12:30pm; 1:30-5:15pm
Free legal assistance to people under 18. Adoption project also available. Call for appointment.
626-919-5724East Valley Community Health Center West Covina
M-Th 7:15am-8pm; F 7:45am-5pm; Sat 7:15am-2pm
Additional office at 680 Fairplex Drive, Pomona.
Mental health counseling, job training resources, legal assistance, medical and dental assistance, pregnancy/birth control/family planning services, and sexuality/sexually transmitted diseases for teens.
213-388-7515Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law
Free legal advocacy and education for qualifying teens in the following areas: domestic violence and restraining orders, custody/visitation and child support, parental rights, marriage and divorce.
800-375-5283Citizenship + Immigration Services
Information regarding all immigration and naturalization services. Bilingual.
213-388-8693Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law
Legal aide services. Immigration issues. Late amnesty. Domestic Abuse.
818-361-4341Immigration Services of San Fernando Valley
M 9am-5pm; T-F 9am-7pm; Sat 9am-4pm
In San Fernando, serves all of L.A. County. INS accredited. Spanish speaking. Sliding fees. Consultation FREE.
800-399-4529Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Additional phone: (323) 801-7989
Provides free counsel, representation, advocacy, and community education.
213-896-6491Los Angeles Bar Domestic Violence Project
24 hour recording: lawyer available to help you between 9am-11:30am (Mon-Fri)
Assistance in obtaining temporary restraining orders. Nominal fee of $20 may be waived. Bilingual.
323-980-3500Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
Free legal representation/advocacy in areas of family law, government benefits, consumer law, and housing law.
877-694-5741Los Angeles County Emancipation Program
Additional phone: (213) 351-0101
Prepares youth in out-of-home placement for successful lives as adults. Provides assistance with emancipation services and benefits for education, career, and housing need.
714-537-0604St. Anselm’s Cross Cultural Community Center
Resettlement of US Gov’t. designated refugees. Also assists with immigration documents, sponsorship papers, etc. Staff multi-lingual. FREE.
800-842-8467Victims of Crime Resource Center
Information regarding victims’ rights and what to expect while going through the court system. Confidential referrals for counseling. Spanish services available. FREE.
323-993-7670Youth Law Project of the Gay and Lesbian Services Center
M-Th 12pm-5pm; Fr 12pm-2pm
Legal consultations. $10 processing fee is requested, but no one is denied due to lack of funds. Call for an appointment.