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Together, we ascend.

Empowering individuals and families impacted by gender-based violence and the child welfare system.

WE TRANSFORM LIVES

with hope and humanity

through legal advocacy and system reforM

we are champions

for every individual and family impacted by gender-based violence and the child welfare system.

WE ARE FIGHTERS

and collaborators so that the system treats everyone with respect, dignity, and fairness.

WE ARE CATALYSTS

so that the people we serve can feel hopeful, confident, and joyful about their future.

WE STAND FOR JUSTICE

Our mission is to empower individuals and families impacted by gender-based violence or the child welfare system to achieve safety and stability through holistic legal advocacy and systemic reform.

We are working toward strong communities where people have the power to navigate fair systems and overcome violence.

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We care

Client-Centered

We view our clients as partners and the experts in their own lives; they are the leaders of their own legal representation.

Steadfast in Belief

We begin every interaction as if the person across the table is telling the hardest, truest story of their life; they usually are.

Intersectionality

We recognize our clients’ overlapping social identities and ranges of experiences, valuing each individual’s personhood and integrity.

Fairness

We help our clients navigate the legal system, seeking a fair outcome regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or social status.

Education

We commit to sharing knowledge and expertise in ways that grow our clients’ abilities to advocate for themselves.

1 in 4

women experience serious intimate partner violence in their lifetime.

40,000 +

clients served in over 30 years.

85%

of DCFS cases successfully appealed.

1,000 +

survivors of gender-based violence served every year.

Stories

Hear Lisa’s Story

Meet Lisa Lisa came from a town in Colombia that was plagued with guerrilla warfare, kidnappings, assassinations, and drugs throughout the 1990’s.

Hear Jennifer’s Story

Meet Jennifer Jennifer is a volunteer caregiver with a local nonprofit. In that role, she provided care for Joshua – sometimes full-time

Hear Natasha’s Story

Meet Natasha On a warm July day, Natasha sent her children outside to play at the park right next door. She is