The only program of its kind in LA County, Teen/LA provides legal advocacy and education to teens and young adults so they can have healthy, violence-free relationships.
September 30, 2015
Organizations mentioned/involved: Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice (LACLJ)
The primary goal of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) is to use the law to help vulnerable clients in crisis situations build safety and stability for themselves and their families. Working on behalf of clients facing abuse, separation from a child, and/or potential deportation, LACLJ lawyers secure legal outcomes that are paired with human service interventions to help clients put an end to abusive relationships, create stable co-parenting arrangements, and keep immigrant families united.
In providing its services, LACLJ strives to support those who have the least capacity to independently create safety and stability for themselves, including teens and young parents. In 2014 alone, approximately 34% of LACLJ clients fell into this category. To address the unique challenges faced by these at-risk clients, LACLJ developed Teen Legal Advocacy (Teen/LA), one of four unique holistic model programs offered by LACLJ.
LACLJ’s Teen Legal Advocacy (Teen/LA) program is the only teen-centered legal services provider in Los Angeles County. The program exists to help protect the rights of young survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault and young parents in high-conflict co-parenting relationships.
LACLJ’s Teen/LA attorneys work alongside young people to find meaningful solutions on a wide range of legal issues. Staff provide legal services, advocacy, and education so that young people are empowered to make the right decisions for themselves, both inside and outside the courtroom. LACLJ’s Teen/LA program also offers human service connections that enhance teen clients’ well-being, including psycho-education, safety planning, and social service referrals to address teen clients’ non-legal barriers to stability and self-sufficiency.Children, Community Outreach: Youth, Domestic Violence