About Us

Since 1929, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles has provided civil legal aid to poor and low-income people in Los Angeles County.

Now with five neighborhood offices, three Domestic Violence Clinics and four Self-Help Legal Access Centers, LAFLA serves communities as diverse as East Los Angeles, the Westside, South Los Angeles, Koreatown and Long Beach. LAFLA is the first place thousands of poor people turn to when they need legal assistance for a crisis that threatens their shelter, health and livelihood.

In 2015, LAFLA provided services to more than 80,000 people, including more than 10,400 children. We helped more than 39,000 people at our Self-Help Legal Access Centers. More than 11,000 people attended legal clinics and educational workshops, and we provided referrals to almost 30,000 people.

An Overview of What We Do

Eviction Defense Center

  • Provides free direct representation for low-income individuals and families facing eviction
  • Defends residents of public housing and Section 8 voucher holders against losing their housing or housing subsidy
  • Helps clients living in uninhabitable conditions to get reductions in rent and get necessary repairs made through outreach, advocacy, and litigation
  • Preserves Rent Stabilized Ordinance tenancies and prevents Rent Stabilized Ordinance violations

Economic Stability

  • Assists vulnerable populations in getting benefits to fulfill basic needs: food, shelter, medical care and services to attain self-sufficiency
  • Fights wage theft, wrongful terminations and discriminatory employment practices
  • Removes barriers to employment related to criminal records, burdensome traffic citation fines and driver’s licenses, so that individuals can become or stay employed and gain access to housing
  • Discharges student loans based on disability or school fraud

Housing and Communities

  • Works toward systems change through litigation, policy and education aimed creating and preserving affordable housing and homeownership opportunities
  • Preserves civil rights
  • Seeks environmental justice on behalf of poor and low-income residents
  • Partners with community-based organizations to build healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods

Supporting Families

  • Helps survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault get restraining orders, divorces, child custody, visitation and support
  • Secures the return of concealed and abducted children
  • Supports torture victims seeking asylum in the United States with the immigration process
  • Represents survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assaults and other serious crimes to obtain protection and permanent residency
  • Offers legal help to families facing health crises and domestic violence through the Greater Long Beach Community Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Protects vulnerable unaccompanied children throughout the immigration process
  • Provides comprehensive case management to victims of domestic violence and survivors of torture

Veterans Justice Center

  • Obtains life-sustaining income, health, and housing benefits so veterans can thrive
  • Prevents veteran homelessness by fighting wrongful evictions and preserving housing vouchers
  • Removes barriers to employment to promote self-sufficiency
  • Advocates to upgrade unjust less-than-honorable military discharges
  • Works with hundreds of pro bono legal volunteers annually to hold large-scale legal clinics for homeless veterans

Asian & Pacific Islander Community Outreach Project

  • Advocates for language services in civil courts, administrative proceedings, and other government agencies for limited-English proficient clients
  • Provides linguistically and culturally appropriate services on all substantive areas LAFLA handles in Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Khmer, Vietnamese, Thai, and other requested languages

Self-Help Legal Access Centers
(Inglewood, Torrance, Santa Monica and Long Beach)

  • Assist self-represented litigants regardless of income or immigration status by completing and reviewing court forms with issues involving family law, evictions, and a limited range of other civil legal matters
  • Provide attorney referrals for other areas of law
  • Provide legal education workshops on family law, evictions and other civil matters.

Domestic Violence Clinics
(Downtown LA, Santa Monica and Long Beach)

  • Provide holistic help to survivors of domestic violence, including:
    • Restraining orders
    • Custody arrangements
    • Property control orders

Office Locations

We also have three Domestic Violence Clinics, located at the Superior Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Courthouse and the Long Beach Courthouse.

LAFLA operates four Self-Help Legal Access Centers located in the Inglewood, Long Beach, Santa Monica and Torrance courthouses.