Torture Survivors Project

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’ Torture Survivors Project helps immigrants who have been victims of torture that occurred outside the United States. We provide legal assistance, case manage ment and community education to a diverse community of asylum seekers, asylees and refugees.

Legal Help

Our attorneys help torture survivors apply for asylum or other forms of legal relief from the time they enter the United States until they become US citizens.

We can help with:

  • Asylum application (for qualified applicants)
  • Deportation defense in court (for qualified applicants)
  • Work permits
  • Refugee travel documents
  • Family reunification
  • Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent Resident
  • Naturalization

Case management

The Torture Survivors Project has an in-house social services program that connects clients with public benefits and resources to help them secure employment and find affordable housing.

We maintain strong partnerships with various agencies in the Greater Los Angeles area. Among them: The Program for Torture Victims (PTV), Public Counsel’s Immigrant Rights Project, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Esperanza Immigrants Rights Project, Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Human Rights Watch and Los Angeles LGBT Center. We also collaborate with other organizations.

Community Education & Outreach

Our advocates conduct outreach and Know Your Rights presentations in specific immigrant communities that are known to have a high concentration of asylees and refugees who come to the US from countries where torture is commonly committed.

To see if we may be able to help you, call 800-399-4529.

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.