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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.

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.

Disability Rights Connecticut, Inc.
846 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06114 - Toll free (800) 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:

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 Bridgeport 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.

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.

She Leads Justice
P.O. Box 320460, Hartford, CT 06132 - (860) 247-6090 - Fax: (860) 524-0705 E-mail: Legal Information and Advocacy Contact
Information & Referral Line: Call (860) 524-0601 or Toll Free: 1-800-479-2949 M-Th 9am-2pm, F 9am-1pm.
Mission: Using a justice and equity lens, She Leads Justice advocates for under-resourced, marginalized women and girls in Connecticut. We work to close the civil legal justice gap and to create state policy for economic security.
Services Provided Information & Referral: Information and Referral (I & R) is a unique service that provides information on family matters, equal education for women and girls, workplace issues and discrimination. She Leads Justice's I & R staff help clients navigate the systems involved in these cases by explaining the law in easy to understand terms. She Leads Justice supplements this basic information service by providing referrals to attorneys and other service providers. If you have legal questions and would like to use our I & R service, please click here.
Advocacy: She Leads Justice provides advocacy services when individuals encounter barriers to independently resolving their legal issues. She Leads Justice's goal is to work with the client to remove any barriers and provide them with information and resources to navigate the rest of the process independently. She Leads Justice does not have attorneys on staff and cannot provide legal advice.
Community Education: In addition to helping individuals navigate legal and social service systems through the I&R service, She Leads Justice also provides know-your-rights workshops on topics such as family law (divorce, custody, child support and restraining orders) and employment discrimination (sexual harassment in the workplace, pregnancy discrimination, and FMLA).If you are interested in having a She Leads Justice staff person provide your agency or school with legal information on one of our specialty topics, please email us at If your organization, school, or business is in need of a workshop on an issue not already covered, please contact us and we will try to accommodate your needs.

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: Bridgeport 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
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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