Legal Referrals

If you are a sex worker in trouble with the law, here is a list of attorneys that may be able to help.

Firm Name Contact Information Fee Schedule Specialization
SWOP-CALA Free Legal Clinic Second Sundays: 3-6pm | Third Mondays: 6-9pm

1700 S Loomis, Chicago, IL 60608


Free Free legal representation for low-income individuals with experience in sex trade. Criminal defense, civil cases, custody, divorce, expungments, orders of protection.
First Defense Legal Aid 800-529-7374

 Free Free 24-hour hotline with legal advice to people being arrested or detained at a Chicago Police Station. Referrals.
Appleman & Associates

Miriam Szatrowski

612 W. 5th Avenue, Suite B
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 717-7801
For profit  Criminal defense, prostitution cases
Transformative Justice Law Project (TJLP) Free Holistic criminal legal services for low-income & street-based transgender and gender non-conforming people.
National Immigrant Justice Center 208 S. La Salle St., Suite 1818, Chicago, IL 60604
Free Specializes in trafficking cases.
Michael D. Walsh 431 S. Dearborn-Suite 304Chicago, IL 60605
For-profit Criminal Defense
People’s Law Office 1180 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL
False arrest, police brutality, police misconduct, wrongful convictions
National Lawyer’s Guild 637 S. Dearborn Ave., 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL
Free Hotline & legal support for activism & civil disobedience. Referrals.
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation 100 North LaSalle Street, Suite 900, Chicago, Illinois
Free Offers 22 free legal clinics throughout chicago: civil cases (immigration, custody, divorce, expungement, etc.)
Legal Assistance Foundation 111 W. Jackson Blvd. 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL
Free CIVIL (not criminal) cases: immigration, domestic violence, public benefits, custody cases.
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund 11 East Adams, Suite 1008, Chicago, IL Free Supports rights of GLBTQ/Transgender/HIV-affected populations. Small number of pro-bono representation for cases that might change local/national policy. Referrals. Guide of “questions-to-ask-your attorney”
Cook County Public Defender 69 W. Washington Suite 1600 Chicago, IL 60602
Free Answers questions about criminal justice system & court process. Criminal defense for misdemeanor and felony cases.

Also see: Illinois Attorney General – Pro Bono Legal Service Referrals

If you believe you have been the victim of police misconduct, contact the Independent Police Review Authority.

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