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

312-999-0056

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
312-660-1370
Free Specializes in trafficking cases.
Michael D. Walsh 431 S. Dearborn-Suite 304Chicago, IL 60605
312-986-1221
For-profit Criminal Defense
People’s Law Office 1180 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL
773-235-0070
False arrest, police brutality, police misconduct, wrongful convictions
National Lawyer’s Guild 637 S. Dearborn Ave., 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL
312-913-0039
Free Hotline & legal support for activism & civil disobedience. Referrals.
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation 100 North LaSalle Street, Suite 900, Chicago, Illinois
312-332-1624
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
312-341-1070
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
312-603-0600
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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