Legal Assistance

“My parents are really controlling. We fight all the time. I want to emancipate them but will a judge rule in my favor?” -17-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.


Alliance for Children’s Rights

FREE legal services for low income children and teens. Appointment only. No walk-ins.

3333 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90010

M-F 9am-5:30pm


Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law

Emergency shelter for males under 18 years open 24 hours. Transitional Living Program and variety of programs for homeless youth ages 12-17 available.  Offers legal assistance for immigration issues and domestic abuse. 

256 S Occidental Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90057

M-F 9am-5:30pm



Children’s Bureau Headquarters- Carson Family Center

Children’s Bureau Headquarters: 213-342-0100
Visit Website for list of locations
Offers mental health services for children who’ve experienced abuse. Various programs available including foster care, adoption, child development, parent education, mental health, and research and advocacy.

M-F 8:30am-5pm


Children’s Rights Project of Public Counsel

Free legal assistance to people under 18. Adoption project also available. Call for appointment.

610 S Ardmore Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90005

M-F 9am-12:30pm; 1:30-5:15pm



Citizenship + Immigration Services

Automated information: (800) 375-5283. Information regarding all immigration and naturalization services. Bilingual. 

M-F 6am-6pm


East Valley Community Health Center West Covina

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.

Other office: 1555 S Garey Ave #680, Pomona, (909)-620-8088

420 South Glendora Avenue,
West Covina, CA 91790

M-Th 8am - 7pm & F 8am - 5pm & Sat 8am-2pm

(626) 919-4333

Harriet 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. 

3250 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90010

M-Th 1:30pm-4:30pm



Immigration Resource Center of San Gabriel Valley

Immigration Resource Center of San Gabriel Valley

303 W Colorado Blvd,
Monrovia, CA 91016

Tuesday - Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM & Sat 9am-3pm


Immigration Services of San Fernando Valley

In San Fernando, serves all of L.A. County. INS accredited. Spanish speaking. Sliding fees. Consultation FREE.

132 N Maclay Ave,
San Fernando, CA 91340

M 9am-5pm & T-F 9am-7pm & Sat 9am-4pm


LAMBDA Legal Defense & Education Fund

Legal Help Desk 866-542-8336

Provides legal assistance and representation to students and school professionals facing discrimination, harassment or censorship based on sexual orientation or gender identity.



Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Provides free counsel, representation, advocacy, and community education. 

1102 Crenshaw Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90019

M-F 9am-5pm



Los Angeles Bar Domestic Violence Project

Assistance in obtaining temporary restraining orders. Nominal fee of $20 may be waived. Bilingual. 24 Hour recording. 

1055 W 7th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90017

M-F 8:45am-5pm



Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice

Free legal representation/advocacy in areas of family law, government benefits, consumer law, and housing law. 

1241 S Soto St,
Los Angeles, CA 90023

M-F 9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm


Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office – Domestic Violence and Crisis Hotline

Coordinates and monitors prosecution effort of criminal activity related to domestic violence. Provides information on shelters and safety issues of battered victims. Hotline provides counseling and referrals. Hotline 24 hr/7 day a week (Bilingual).

3204 Rosemead Blvd,
El Monte, CA 91731


Los Angeles County Emancipation Program

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. 

3530 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90010

M-F 8am-5pm



National Criminal Justice Reference Service

P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
301-240-6310 (TTY for the hearing impaired)
301-240-5830 (fax)
NCJRS offers a range of services and resources, balancing the information needs of the field with the technological means to receive and access support.

Rockville, MD


Victims 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. Online chat available.

3200 5th Ave,
Sacramento, CA 95817

M-F 8am-5pm


Youth Law Project of the Gay and Lesbian Services Center 

Legal consultations. $10 processing fee is requested, but no one is denied due to lack of funds. Call for an appointment. 

1625 Schrader Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

M-F 9am-9pm & Sat 9am-1pm



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