2023 Celebration of Courage
Together, we ascend.

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

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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.


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


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


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.

We care


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.


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


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


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.


of DCFS cases successfully appealed.

1,000 +

survivors of gender-based violence served every year.


Hear Latasha’s Story

Meet Latasha
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR_w8wZyIqk Latasha’s life changed when her father passed away. She went into a deep depression, experiencing suicidal thoughts and delusions. In a moment of crisis, Latasha left her one year old son at an emergency room along

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Hear Janet’s Story

Meet Janet
Janet grew up in Mexico and came to the US, where she became friends with her future husband, Brad. While things were good between Janet and Brad for many years, their relationship eventually changed and Brad became

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Hear Kristen’s Story

Meet Kristen
https://youtu.be/QkhONSxFUfc Kristen felt hopeless. She was in a controlling marriage that contained verbal abuse and, when she became pregnant, the abuse turned physical. To protect herself and her unborn daughter, Kristen found safety in a shelter.  Kristen’s

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