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Free/Low Cost Legal Services in New Orleans: Elderly to Family

Elderly

Advocacy Center of Louisiana - provides legal assistance, information and referral for people with disabilities and senior citizens. Contact: 8325 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA. Call toll free: (800) 960-7705. Email: advocacycenter@advocacyla.org

Louisiana Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs - provides advice and representation to older individuals in securing rights and entitlements. Contact: janeathomas@msn.com. They also have legal self-help resources.

Project for Older Prisoners (POPS) - provides free representation in parole hearings to older prisoners (over 50) and others with series medical conditions and housed at one of 5 correctional facilities around the state: Washington Correctional Institute, Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola), La. Correctional Institute for Women (St. Gabriel), Elayn Hunt Correctional Institute, and Dixon Correctional Institute.  On a case-by-case basis, POPS may consider helping prisoners housed at Orleans Parish Prison. Contact: 6329 Freret Street, Suite 130F, New Orleans, LA 70118. (504) 865-5849, fax: (504) 862-8721. Email: pops@law.tulane.edu.

Employment Discrimination

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) - provides resources for filing a formal complaint of employment discrimination and also provides mediation/alternative dispute resolution services. Contact for ADR services in  New Orleans: Jennifer Ortiz, Mickey Leland Federal Building, 1919 Smith Street, 7th Floor, Houston, TX 77002-8049. (713) 209-3433, fax: (713) 209-3317, TTY (713) 209-3439. 

Environment

Advocates for Environmental Human Rights - provides legal services in defense of human rights in environmental justice cases. Contact:  832 Topaz Street, New Orleans, LA. (504) 799-3060, fax: (504) 799-3061. Email: Monique Harden, Co-Director mharden@ehumanrights.org, Nathalie Walker, Co-Director nwalker@ehumanrights.org

Green Justice Legal - provides individuals, communities and organizations free and low cost legal services for environmental justice and human rights issues. A professional team of experienced attorneys work with law students to provide a wide range of services, including research, strategy, legislation, policy advocacy, litigation and document creation. See their website to submit a detailed overview of your issue.

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality - provides environmental regulatory assistance to small businesses and communities, investigates environmental violations, takes enforcement actions and assesses penalties to agencies in violation of state environmental laws. Call their 24 hour toll free hotline to report an environmental concern 1-(888) 763-5424, or locally Mon.-Fri. 8:00-4:30, (225) 219-3640, after business hours (225) 342-1234, or file a complaint online. Complaints can be made anonymously by phone Mon.-Fri. 9:00-3:00. Call to report an incidence of littering or illegal dumping 1-(888) 548-7284.

Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) - provides dispute resolution services between communities, private industry and government agencies with problems related to environmental injustice. Contact: Michael Orr, Operations Manager, 162 Croyodon Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806. (225) 928-1315, fax: (225) 922-9247. You can send them an email through their website. 

Expungement

After Innocence - Re-entry assistance for exonerees, including lawyer referrals for free or low cost legal service for expungement, restoration of rights and public benefits, landlord-tenant issues, child custody and divorce, bankruptcy or tax problems. Contact: Jon Eldan, Director, (415) 307-3386. Email: jon@after-innocence.org

Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana - provides assistance with expungement of criminal record. There may be court fees for expungement. Contact: 4035 Washington Avenue, Suite 203, New Orleans, LA 70125. 

LEAP (Legal Education and Assistance Program), Louisiana State Bar Association - provides legal resources by parish, including lawyer referrals, legal aid, law libraries and guides on specific topics. See LEAP on the LSBA website and the Law Library of Louisiana website. For expungement see the Law Library of Louisiana.

Louisiana Clerks of Court Association - provides a listing of Clerks of Court for filing pleadings, obtaining court documents and locations and expungementforms

Orleans Parish Criminal District Court - provides forms, court rules and information on expungement and how to file a motion. Also within the criminal court system is Drug Court, Domestic Violence Court and Mental Health Court. Contact: 2700 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119. (504) 658-9100, fax: (504) 658-9113.

Orleans Parish Juvenile Court - provides forms including a juvenile expungement form, and information about court run programs such as Behavioral Health Services, Drug Court and Juvenile Detention Alternatives. Contact 1100-B Milton Street, New Orleans, LA 70122. (504) 658-9500, fax: (504) 658-9556. 

Family

Child Support Enforcement - 24 hours/7 days a week toll free hotline: 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578). They provide guidance for parents seeking child support. There are charges for enforcement. See website for more information and locations across the state. New Orleans office: Dept. of Children and Family Services, 1630 Iberville Street, Suite 2800, New Orleans, LA 70112. Fax: (504) 556-9708. 

Family Court Mediation Program - provides mediation for indigent clients to resolve family law disputes. Contact the Louisiana Civil Justice Center for a referral. Call toll free: (800) 310-7029, or locally (504) 355-0970. Hours are Mon.-Fri., 9:00-4:00. 

Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy - provides human rights based legal services for marginalized communities, including immigrant children, asylum seekers and victims of domestic violence, disaster claims assistance and low cost legal services on land rights, including successions. Contact: 620 Oak Harbor Blvd, Suite 203, Slidell, LA 70458. (985) 643-6186, fax: (985) 643-6118. Email: info@gcclp.org