Youth Legal Help

If your child has any of these issues, the ALTM Education and Special Education team may be able to help. You can call the General Legal Services hotline listed above or fill out the initial selection for education/juvenile justice. Please note that TRLA supports low-income families and your family must meet state and federal income requirements. The first screening form is the first step in a longer application process. Free legal representation in the areas of family law, state benefits, consumer law and housing law. To determine if you are eligible for services, we recommend that you call www.nhlegalaid.org or visit the nearest New Hampshire Legal Aid office. An arrest can result in the eviction of public housing in New York City, even if it never leads to a conviction or if the charges are dropped. We represent families who are at risk of losing their homes to criminal charges. We also represent young people who are at risk of being “permanently excluded” and who are never allowed to return to their families, even to visit them. TRLA`s juvenile justice team assists teens charged with a crime before a justice of the peace or district court, including Class C offenses such as truancy/non-attendance, assault, class disruption, and disorderly behavior. The team also works with students on issues such as sealing juvenile acts, emancipation and disbarment of sex offenders. If you need this type of legal services, you can call our hotline. TRLA admissions workers can help you with the application process.

You can use our online selection form. First selection for legal aid for education/juvenile justice. Please note that completing the form is only the first step in applying for free legal aid. Our four focal points are: Child Protection, Juvenile Court, Youth and Families with an Immigrant Background, and Youth Homelessness. The Youth Justice Team believes that youth should be treated with respect and have the resources they need to achieve their goals. To this end, we engage in civil representation, social work, community cooperation and systematic advocacy in partnership with the youth we serve. We provide civil law services to youth between the ages of 13 and 26 to prevent entry or reintegration into the justice system TRLA represents, advises and represents youth facing a range of legal, educational and economic issues. Mary came to the NHL as a 15-year-old transgender teenager who identifies as a woman. While advanced academically, she had received few credits in her first year due to long-standing emotional issues and a trend towards housing placements disrupted by the juvenile justice system. Because she is so smart, her family and teenage clerks have not been able to provide the services and accommodations needed to advance academically.

The NHLA negotiated with Mary`s school district to create an appropriate service plan that would not only get Mary back on track, but also give her the confidence to take additional courses and earn a regular high school diploma at seventeen. The Youth Law Center is committed to sharing resources, information, and advocacy tools that can improve quality of life and opportunities for foster youth and juvenile justice. Our goal is to strengthen the field through knowledge and increase the impact of those working on change for our children and youth. A personal reflection by Anna Pickett, articling student, on the intersection of justice for persons with disabilities and youth access to justice. In addition to advice and advocacy, YLP also provides training on youth rights and responsibilities for staff and youth, ranging from informal questions and answers to Know Your Rights presentations. The YLP takes calls and/or emails from teens or agency employees anywhere in the state of Minnesota who need the help of a lawyer. We meet young people where they are – geographically, developmentally, emotionally, culturally and linguistically. We work with youth, family members, educators, service providers and other community partners to ensure that the legal and non-legal needs of youth are met. Are you a youth (up to 24 years old) or the parent of a teenager with a question about your legal rights? A 17-year-old client contacted YLP to learn more about emancipation. Her mother was in a cycle where she was kicked out of the house and denounced her as a runaway after numerous cases of physical violence and awareness-raising. At first, the client had no sustainable housing option and had offers to live with someone if she shared a bed. YLP staff helped her maintain healthy boundaries, stay in touch with her social worker, and focus on school until she found stability with her older sister.

The client maintained a regular income by working after school and wanted the security that emancipation could bring. After numerous conversations with the client`s mother, who was struggling with her own mental health issues, legal aid staff were able to obtain the mother`s approval and signature on the emancipation declaration. The client and her mother hope that the new situation can provide space for future healing between them. The Youth Law Project (YLP) works with children and youth facing long-term suspensions and deportations, delinquency or petitions from CHILE, as well as youth who are at risk of having such petitions filed against them. The YLP seeks to provide these young people with the education, health, mental health and other services they need to stay in their homes and communities and outside of juvenile justice. The type of work performed by the YLP includes representation at school disciplinary hearings and special education meetings and procedures. We partner with the Bill Wilson Center (BWC) in Santa Clara County, supporting youth under the age of 18 and young adults in BWC`s emergency shelters, touchpoints, and transitional housing programs that do not have a safe caregiver, and helping older teens with a variety of issues, including public benefits and name and gender changes. If you would like to consult with our staff about any legal issues or obstacles you are currently facing, please call our reception line during business hours. Funds invested in LCYC support direct advocacy, community partnerships and systemic advocacy to improve the well-being of young people and promote their legal rights. We also support youth using the drop-in and housing programs at DreamCatcher and Covenant House youth shelters in Oakland, providing legal and social support to youth under 18 who do not have a safe caregiver and young adults who want to remove barriers to their independence.