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American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut
330 Main St., 1st Floor, Hartford, CT 06106 - (860) 523-9146 - Fax: (860) 728-0287
Mission: The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut (ACLU-CT) Is a nonpartisan, non-profit membership organization whose mission is to assure that the Bill of Rights and the rights guaranteed by the Connecticut Constitution are preserved for each new generation. The ACLU-CT accomplishes these goals through legislative advocacy, litigation, grassroots organizing and public education on a broad array of issues affecting our liberties. The ACLU-CT is one of 53 affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union nationwide.

Center for Children's Advocacy - KidsCounsel
Mailing Address: 65 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT 06105 - (860) 570-5327 - Fax: (860) 570-5256
Hartford Office: 2074 Park Street, Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 570-5327
Bridgeport Office: 211 State Street ,Bridgeport, CT 06604 (203) 355-0719
Mission: To provide legal representation of poor children and improve the quality of legal representation of children.
Target Population: Children.
Service Area: State of Connecticut
Services Provided: A full range of legal representation to individual clients.

Center for Medicare Advocacy Inc.
P.O. Box 350, Willimantic, CT 06226 - (860) 456-7790 - Fax: (860) 456-2614
Mission: To provide legal assistance and education on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries.
Target Population: Includes those with long-term and chronic conditions and those eligible for Connecticut Medicare Assignment Program.
Service Area: State of Connecticut
Services Provided: A full range of legal representation to individual clients. Advice/counseling/referral for individual clients. Policy advocacy, class action litigation, training seminars, written materials.

patron using laptop The Children's Law Center
30 Arbor Street 4th Floor North, Hartford, CT 06106 - (860) 232-9993 - Fax: (860) 232-9996 Email:
Mission: To provide quality representation to children in Family Court. Information and referral to the general public regarding children's issues.
Target Population: Children who meet criteria (indigence and certain risk factors).
Service Area: 1. Hartford, Rockville, Putnam. 2. Statewide
Services Provided: Representation to children in Family Court. Advice/counseling/referral for individual clients. Policy advocacy.

Connecticut Appleseed Center for Law and Justice
25 Dudley Road, Wilton, CT 06897 (203) 210-5356
Mission: Legal Advocacy organization working on systemic reform to promote justice and social responsibility. We work on a variety of public interest issues. We are one of 14 such centers nationwide and are associated with the Appleseed Foundation.
Target Population: No.
Service Area: Statewide
Services Provided: Policy advocacy. Legislative initiatives. Litigation, negotiation, mediation. Available to community organizations that wish to organize systemic policy work.

Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies (CCFSA)
1310 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 219, Wethersfield, CT 06109 - Phone: 860-571-0093 Fax: 860-571-0118
Mission: Our mission is to be the premier resource to strengthen CT's diverse individuals and families, and the communities in which they live. To accomplish this mission, we will build member agencies' capacity for collaboration and innovation; advocate for the development of State and Federal policies and programs that will foster the well-being of CT's children, adults and families; develop and provide services that empower them to move toward self-reliance and healthy inter-dependence; and be relevant and responsive to CT's diverse populations.
Target Population: CCFSA is a statewide network of independent, non-profit, family service agencies that deliver services from over 90 offices located throughout the state of Connecticut. Member Agencies provide professional services to Connecticut's children, youth, adults and their families.
Services Provided: Member agencies serve as a statewide provider network for the following CCFSA programs: The welfare-to-work Empowering People for Success Program (EPS), Focus on K.I.D.S., Parenting Education Program (PEP), and On the Road Again.

Connecticut Fair Housing Center
60 Popieluszko Court, Hartford, CT 06106 - (860) 247-4400 - Fax: (860) 247-4236
Email: Phone: (888) 247-4401
Mission: The primary mission of Connecticut Fair Housing Center is to ensure that all people have equal access to housing opportunities in Connecticut.
Target Population: The Connecticut Fair Housing Center's services are limited to cases involving housing discrimination.
Service Area: Statewide
Services Provided: A full range of legal representation to individual clients through Pro Bono network of attorneys. Advice/counseling/referral for individual clients. Policy advocacy.

Connecticut Legal Rights Project
P.O. Box 351, Silver Street, Middletown, CT 06457 - Toll free CT (877) 402-2299, Outside Connecticut (860)262-5030 - Fax: (860) 262-5035
Mission: To provide legal assistance and advocacy services primarily with issues that involve, services, due-process procedures and discrimination related to psychiatric disabilities.
Target Population: Low income adults who have, or are perceived to have, a psychiatric disability.
Service Area: Statewide
Services Provided: A full range of legal representation to individual clients. Advice/counseling/referral for individual clients. Community education/training.

Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF)
Corner of Charter Oak Avenue and Wyllys Street, Hartford, CT 06106-1903 (860) 247-6090 Fax: (860) 524-0705, Email:
Information & Referral Line: 1-800-479-2949 (Toll free)
Mission: CWEALF is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women, girls and their families to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives.
Services Provided: We educate individuals through direct contact to navigate the legal and social service systems by: explaining the law in easy-to-understand terms, developing and disseminating booklets on specific legal rights, and making referrals to attorneys and other service providers. We provide training, technical assistance, and resources to employers, schools and community organizations by: educating individuals and organizations about legal rights and responsibilities, increasing awareness of gender inequities, and offering practical applications and solutions. We work to improve laws and policies that affect women, girls and their families by: identifying crucial issues through research and client contact, focusing public attention on those issues, and recommending, advocating and implementing reforms. We are guided by our commitment to feminism, diversity, empowerment, personal responsibility and self-sufficiency, compassion, collaboration, professionalism and self-assessment in all of our associations and programs.
If you are in the Hartford area, our bilingual Community Advocate is available to answer family law related questions Tuesdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Hartford Public Library (main branch) in Study Room 1 at 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 (860) 695-6300. More information.
If you are in the New Haven area, our bilingual Community Advocate is available to answer family law related questions Mondays from 10:00am-2:00pm at the Junta for Progressive Action 169 Grand Street, New Haven, CT 06513 (203) 787-0191.

CTElderLaw for Seniors 60+ - Legal Help for People Over 60 Years Old
Eastern CT: Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) 872 Main St., Willimantic, CT 06457, 1-800-413-7796 or (860) 456-1761
Western CT: Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) 85 Central Ave., Waterbury, CT 06702 1-800-413-7797 or (203) 756-8074
Southwestern CT: Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) 211 State St., Bridgeport, CT 06604 1-800-809-4434 or (203) 336-3851 and 20 Summer St., Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 348-9216
Northcentral CT: Greater Hartford Legal Aid (GHLA) 999 Asylum Ave., 3rd Floor, Hartofrd, CT 06105 (860) 541-5000
Southcentral CT: New Haven Legal Assistance Association (LAA) 426 State St., New Haven, CT 06112 (203) 946-4811
Elder Law Coverage Areas in Connecticut and contact information provided at
Connecticut Elder Law assistance is provided through a network of legal service providers for access to comprehensive and current information on elder law, government programs and sources of legal assistance. This special section of the web site is just for elderly people and their family members, personal helpers or advocates. It covers everything from government benefits to housing to funeral contracts and much more at
Services Provided: Legal Assistance for Elders, Public Benefit Programs for Elders, Health Care programs for Elders, Nursing Home Residents' Rights, Patients' Rights, Managed Care, and Living Wills and Advance Directives.

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Headquarters: 67 Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 263-3830
General Inquiries:
Mission: The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law promotes equal justice through policy, advocacy and legal resources. For over 40 years, the Shriver Center has improved lives through the development of innovative and effective programs and policies that advance justice and opportunity.
Services Provided: Legislative and administrative advocacy, impact litigation, and information and dissemination. Our legal resources include publications, the most extensive poverty law library in the country, and the Clearinghouse Community legal research center. Our work is designed not only for clients but for legal services attorneys, pro bono attorneys, social service providers, social policy administrators, policy makers, and others committed to improving the lives of persons in poverty.

Lawyers for Children America
151 Farmington Avenue, RW61, Hartford, CT 06156 - (860) 273-0441 - Fax: (860) 273-8340
Mission: Lawyers for Children America mobilizes legal and other resources to address the issue of youth and violence through pro bono representation of abused and neglected children and through implementation and support of peer-based mediation programs.
Target Population: Advocacy component: appointments as child counsel made from Juvenile Court only. Mediation component: partner with schools currently implementing or in process of implementing peer mediation programs.
Service Area: Hartford and Fairfield County
Services Provided: LFCA recruits, trains, and supports pro bono attorneys to represent children in abuse and neglect matters. LFCA attorneys are appointed through the Juvenile Court.

Office of the Child Advocate
18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106 - (860) 566-2106 Toll free: 1- 800-994-0939 - Fax: (860) 326-0569 E-mail:
Mission: The Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) is not an administrator of programs. Rather, the OCA monitors and evaluates public and private agencies that are charged with the protection of children, and reviews state agency policies and procedures to ensure they protect children's rights and promote their best interest.
Services Provided: OCA helps to advocate for children at risk; address public policy issues concerning juvenile justice, child care, foster care, and treatment; review individual cases and investigate complaints; educate and inform the public of laws and services affecting families and children who are placed under state supervision; coach families, concerned citizens, and agencies to "navigate" public service and information systems and advocate for children effectively; review facilities and procedures of public or private institutions or residences where juveniles are placed; and facilitate change by bringing different agencies together to find creative solutions to difficult problems.

Disability Rights Connecticut, Inc.
846 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06114 - Toll free (860) 842-7303 - Fax (860)-296-0055
Mission: DRCT's mission is to advocate, educate, investigate and pursue legal, administrative, and other appropriate remedies to advance and protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities to participate equally and fully in all facets of community life in Connecticut.
Target Population: Persons with disabilities.
Service Area: Statewide
Services Provided:
Stamford Law Librarian helps patron
Office of Chief Public Defender (Hartford) 860/509-6400 509-6495
Capital Defense And Trial Services Unit 860/509-6418 509-6497
Habeas Corpus Unit 860/509-6436 509-6498
Psychiatric Defense Unit (CVH) 860/262-5910 262-5915
Office of the Chief Public Defender (Hamden) 203/867-6150 867-6157
Bantam: GA #18 860/567-3946 567-4402
Bridgeport: Fairfield JD 203/579-6501 579-6974
Bridgeport GA #2 203/579-6551 382-8470
Bridgeport Juvenile Matters 203/579-6599 382-8459
Bristol GA #17 860/589-5976 589-2365
Danbury JD/GA #3 203/207-8650 207-8660
Danielson: GA #11 860/774-7738 NONE
Derby: GA #5 203/735-8616 735-8618
Enfield: GA #13 860/741-3741 741-7235
Hartford JD 860/566-4284 566-1619
Hartford: GA #14 860/566-5090 566-1619
Hartford Community Court 860/756-7840 756-7845
Hartford: Juvenile Matters 860/566-7566 566-4143
Litchfield JD 860/567-3101 567-0004
Manchester: GA #12 860/649-6484 645-6092
Meriden: GA #7 203/238-6135 238-6319
Middletown JD/GA #9 860/343-6480 343-6496
Milford: Ansonia/Milford JD/GA #22 203/874-8857 874-8089
New Britain JD 860/515-5366 515-5366
New Britain GA #15 860/515-5353 515-5366
New Britain Juvenile 860/515-5222 515-5226
New Haven JD 203/789-7891 789-6863
New Haven: GA #6 203/789-7458 789-7542
New Haven: GA #8 203/789-7857 789-6870
New Haven: Juvenile Matters 203/786-0330 786-0378
New London JD 860/443-0490 444-1941
New London: GA #10 860/443-5356 443-8512
Norwalk: GA #20 203/840-8463 840-8465
Norwich: GA #21 860/889-3838 889-9943
Putnam: GA #11 860/928-7679 NONE
Rockville: Tolland JD/GA #19 860/870-3280 870-3297
Stamford/Norwalk JD 203/965-5245 325-9399
Stamford: GA #1 203/965-5241 325-9399
Uncasville: Juvenile Matters 860/848-4754 848-1344
Waterbury JD 203/236-8188 236-8191
Waterbury: GA #4 203/236-8170 236-8180
Waterbury: Juvenile Matters 203/596-4179 596-4180
West Hartford: GA #16 860/232-9684 233-3659
Willimantic JD/GA #11 860/423-6038 423-4094
Law School Clinics, Public Defender & other organizations
  • Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI) - formerly the International Institute of Connecticut
  • Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization
  • Division of Public Defender Services
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law - Civil Justice and Tax Clinics - 203-582-3238
  • Connecticut Community Law Center - The Connecticut Community Law Center, an initiative of UConn School of Law and the Hartford County Bar Association, provides legal help to people who have traditionally been underserved by the justice system: low - and moderate-income clients who don't qualify for legal aid but can't afford standard legal fees.
  • Connecticut Free Legal Answers Connecticut Free Legal Answers is an online pro bono initiative of the Connecticut Bar Association and the American Bar Association. It is a virtual legal advice clinic for qualifying low-income Connecticut residents. Individuals request brief advice and counsel about a specific civil legal issue on a secure website. Volunteer attorneys log-in to the website, review the questions, select the questions they choose to answer, and provide basic legal information and advice. All communication between the client and the attorney takes place anonymously via a secure website. The representation is limited to answering the question posed without any expectation of ongoing representation.
  • Connecticut Veterans Legal Center mission is to help veterans overcome legal barriers to strengthen veterans in recovery. What service do homeless veterans say they need the most? It's not housing, medical care, or even mental health care or food it's access to a lawyer. That's because legal issues such as problems with a landlord or difficulty securing VA disability compensation can stand in the way of a veteran's access to stable housing, affordable healthcare, and suitable income. Connecticut Veterans Legal Center provides FREE representation to veterans recovering from homelessness and mental illness to help stabilize their lives.

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