Community Law Offices

  1.   Enlace Legal Clinic

Intake: Every Tuesday 5-8pm, 2756 S Harding, Chicago, IL 60623, (773) 542-9233 (Doors open at 4:30pm to sign up for appointments)

Geographic Eligibility: 60623, 60624, 60632, 60608, 60644

Financial Eligibility: 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)

Practice Areas: Immigration, Family, Labor/Employment, Housing, Criminal Records, Education,

Consumer (starting 9/17)

2.     CTU (Centro de Trabajadores Unidos) Legal Clinic

Intake: Office hours for CTU every Tuesday 12-6pm and legal intake every Thursday 4-8pm, St. George Catholic Church Rectory, 9546 S Ewing Ave, Chicago, IL 60617, 773-349-2806 (Office hours are for CTU and are required for referral to the legal clinic)

Geographic Eligibility: None but involvement with CTU is required

Financial Eligibility: 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)

Practice Areas: Immigration, Labor/Employment, Housing, Criminal Records

3.       SWOP (Sex Workers Outreach Project) Clinic

Intake: Contact board@swop-chicago.org or 312-252-3880 (SWOP); or complete online screening form at http://www.calachicago.org/swop-clinic-online-screening.

Geographic Eligibility: None, but client must be:

  • former or current sex worker
  • homeless or unstably housed within past 12 months
  • transgender or gender non-binary

Financial Eligibility: 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)

Practice Areas: (The SWOP clinic is a client-centered and holistic. Therefore, we will handle—including representation—any case for which we have capacity, if it is related to sex work and or its consequences. The following is a list of common practice areas). Immigration, Family, Labor/Employment, Housing, Criminal Records, Consumer (starting 9/17)

4.       Mano a Mano

Intake: Contact Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, 6 E. Main Street, Round Lake Park, IL 60073, English: (847) 201-1521 and Spanish: (847) 201-1522

Geographic Eligibility: None

Financial Eligibility: Low and Moderate-Income, Free below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL); a nominal fee will be charged for clients with an annual household income of 150-200% of the FPL

Practice Areas: Immigration

5.       VAI (Vietnamese Association of Illinois) Community Empowerment Legal Clinic

Intake: By appointment only, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 9am-5pm, 5110 N Broadway Street, Chicago, IL 60640, (773)728-3700

Geographic Eligibility: no eligibility restrictions at this time, but priority will be given to Northside Chicago residents

Financial Eligibility: clients with an annual household income of 150% or less than the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) will be served free of charge; a nominal fee will be charged for clients with an annual household income of 150-200% of the FPL.

Practice Areas: Immigration, Family, Labor/Employment, Housing, Criminal Records, Education,

6.       Blocks Together Terrence Shorter Legal Clinic

Intake: 1st and 3rd Thursday every month, 3711 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60651, (773) 940-2319

Geographic Eligibility: Westside neighborhoods of Chicago

Financial Eligibility: 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)

Practice Areas: Immigration, Family, Labor/Employment, Housing, Criminal Records, Education,

 

Community Activism Partnerships

7.       OCAD (Organized Communities Against Deportation)

Intake: Contact 1-855-HELP-MY-FAMILY

Geographic Eligibility: None

Financial Eligibility: None

Practice Areas: Immigration (deportation/removal defense only)

8.      ATU (Autonomous Tenants Union)

Intake: Contact ATU at (872) 216-5288

Geographic Eligibility: Albany Park and surrounding neighborhoods

Financial Eligibility: None

Practice Areas: Housing (Cases must be related to ATU’s anti-gentrification and anti-displacement work; other practice areas on a case-by-case basis if related to the central housing case)

9.      Coalition Against Workplace Sexual Violence

Intake: Based on CAWSV campaign

Geographic Eligibility: N/A

Financial Eligibility: N/A

Practice Areas: Employment, Immigration (Cases must be related to a CAWSV worker rights and gender violence campaign or project

10.    AAAN (Arab American Action Network)

Intake: Contact AAAN at (773) 436-6060

Geographic Eligibility: N/A

Financial Eligibility: N/A

Practice Areas: N/A (Based upon AAAN’s citizenship and organizing work)

 

Special Initiatives

11.    CALA Immigration Helpline

Intake: 872-267-CALA (2252)

Geographic Eligibility: None

Financial Eligibility: None

Practice Areas: (Only immigration screenings and legal consultations are provided; referrals are made to other CALA programs, when caller is eligible).

12.    Know Your Rights Workshops

Intake: Online request form: https://goo.gl/forms/Iu7W5uQylBZtw3DA2

Geographic Eligibility: None

Financial Eligibility: None

Practice Areas: Only immigration community trainings to immigrant families on legal rights in dealing with immigration and police officers, updates about changes to immigration law and policies, and how to prepare for potential risks

13.    Family Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Intake:  Contact CALA312-999-0056, cala@calachicago.org

Geographic Eligibility: None

Financial Eligibility: None

Practice Areas: Only community workshops to help immigrant families prepare for risk of detention or deportation

14.    CALA Activism Support

Intake:  Contact CALA312-999-0056, cala@calachicago.org, or 872-267-CALA (2252)

Geographic Eligibility: None

Financial Eligibility: None

Practice Areas: Any case involving collateral consequences for activism activity, as CALA capacity and expertise permits

15. Community Workshops Program

Intake:  Contact CALA312-999-0056, cala@calachicago.org

Geographic Eligibility: None

Financial Eligibility: None

Practice Areas: In addition to the above programs, we offer community workshops to educate, train, and help community members complete immigration applications. These workshops are done in partnership with existing and new partners.