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Civil Advocacy & Legal Services

The list below provides an assortment of civil advocacy and legal services available nationally and in the state of Maryland.

Maryland Resources

Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services at the Esperanza Center
Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services assists with immigration and naturalization issues, legal services, health care, employment, English and citizenship classes.

Disability Entitlement Advocacy Program (DEAP)
This organization provides free legal and non-legal services to residents of the state of Maryland. The program is designed to help individuals with disabilities qualify for Social Security Income and other federal benefits.

Health Education and Advocacy Unit (HEAU)
The Health Education and Advocacy Unit (HEAU) of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office offers a free mediation service to consumers who have a billing issue with their healthcare provider or a coverage or enrollment dispute with their health insurance company.

House of Ruth
House of Ruth Maryland leads the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear.

Legal Information Brochures
The Maryland State Bar Association offers a series of easy-to-read guides about common legal problems. They are designed to inform the public and not serve as or replace legal advice.

Disability Rights Maryland
Disability Rights Maryland, formerly Maryland Disability Law Center, advocates to improve the lives of Marylanders with disabilities by providing free legal services to Marylanders of any age with all types of disabilities (developmental, intellectual, psychiatric, physical, sensory, learning, traumatic brain injury), who live in facilities, in the community or who are homeless.

Maryland’s Governor’s Office for Children: Local Management Board Directory
Today, the Local Management Boards serve as the coordinator of collaboration for child and family services. Find the Local Management Board contact information for your county.

Maryland Legal Aid
Maryland Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm that provides free legal services to low-income individuals as well as other vulnerable populations, such as assisted living residents and children in need of assistance. Maryland Legal Aid handles civil cases over a vast range of issues including housing, employment, and public benefits.

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Services
The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service provides legal representation at low or no cost to Marylanders with limited income.

People on the Go of Maryland
People on the Go (P.O.G) of Maryland is a group of advocates with intellectual and developmental disabilities who use their voices to be heard and recognized and strive to eliminate discrimination.

The People’s Law Library of Maryland
Find legal services statewide.

Project HEAL
Project HEAL is a community-based program of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Project HEAL enables attorneys, doctors, educators, social workers, and healthcare advocates to work together, for the benefit of children and adolescents needing both legal and medical assistance.

Public Justice Center
Public Justice Center advocates in the courts, legislatures, and government agencies, educates the public, and builds coalitions, all to advance their mission of pursuing systemic change to build a just society.

Senior Legal Services (SLS)
Founded in 1992 as Legal Services to the Elderly, Senior Legal Services (SLS) provides vital pro bono legal services to low-income seniors, aged 60 and over, in Baltimore City.

University of Maryland Clinical Law Program: JustAdvice
For a $10 fee attorneys provide brief 30-minute legal advice on a wide variety of civil and criminal matters. The JustAdvice Program is a limited-scope legal advice service and should not be considered a substitute for representation.

University of Maryland: Immigration Law Clinic
The Immigration Clinic represents individuals in immigration proceedings before the Immigration Court and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) in Baltimore.

Women’s Law Center of Maryland
Through impact litigation and public education, our founders hoped to eliminate discrimination and unfair practices, especially in the area of family law and in the workplace. The Women’s Law Center of Maryland provides representation for victims of domestic violence in protective order hearings and to foreign-born victims of domestic violence in immigration matters.

World Relief Baltimore Immigration Legal Clinic (“The Clinic”)
The World Relief Baltimore Immigration Legal Clinic ("The Clinic") advises and represents immigrants and their family members in immigration matters such as: applying for permanent residence and work permits, petitioning for family members to remain or reunite with them in the U.S., and applying for naturalization.


National Resources

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
Members of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates work to protect the legal and civil rights and secure excellence in education on behalf of tens of thousands of students with disabilities and their families per year at the national, state and local levels.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is dedicated to advancing the civil human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.

A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
This guide provides an overview of federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

National Association for the Deaf
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. It was shaped by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level.

National Disability Rights Network
The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by guarding against abuse; advocating for basic rights; and ensuring accountability in healthcare, education, employment, housing, transportation, and within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind promotes and protects the rights of the blind through information services, legislative advocacy, and litigation. They work to inform blind individuals of available governmental and private services, facts about laws and regulations concerning them, and work to change legislation that discriminates against the blind.

Tahirih Justice Center
Tahirih Justice Center provides a combination of direct social services and pro bono legal services to immigrant women and girls on issues concerning family law, immigration and gender based asylum, domestic violence, and human trafficking.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Advocacy
Wrightslaw provides accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

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• 800-390-3372
• TTY MD Relay 711
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