MISSION – Fighting against stigma and for the rights of the HIV community, the LACBA AIDS Legal Services Project (ALSP) has provided direct legal advocacy to low-income people living with HIV (PLWH) from the early days of the pandemic. Since it was founded in 1986 by the LACBA Barristers, the ALSP has provided direct one-on-one pro bono legal representation to thousands of people living with HIV including many women, seniors, immigrants and survivors of intimate partner abuse. Our services represent the invisible lynchpin that can help keep PLWH housed, access vital medical care, preserve their privacy, gain legal status and otherwise stabilize their lives.
THE NEED - Los Angeles County is home to the second largest community of people living with HIV (“PLWH”) in the U.S. – nearly 60,000 people, 12% of whom are women.
A recent needs assessment survey showed that 98% of PLWH reported they had a legal need in the past year and in fact, most people had more than one legal need in different practice areas.
Nearly a third of PLWH reported experiencing HIV-based discrimination in housing, employment and/or health care settings within the past five years, proving that HIV stigma continues.
With the help of highly motivated pro bono attorneys, The ALSP focuses on core HIV-related legal services:
- Estate planning - wills, powers of attorney and healthcare directives;
- Debt relief, including creditor harassment, medical debt and student loan defaults;
- Insurance - health, life and disability terminations and overpayments;
- Employment - HIV discrimination, FMLA leave, ADA accommodations;
- HIV Discrimination in healthcare and public access;
- Breaches of HIV confidentiality; and
- Immigration - U visas, naturalizations, DACA, adjustment of status.
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ALSP’s service delivery is all about leveraging the power of volunteers, whose legal skills and interests are matched with low-income clients in need of help whether it’s drafting a will, dealing with creditors, filing administrative complaints or filing for citizenship.
The ALSP can always use motivated and experienced volunteers, particularly immigration, consumer law, employment and disability rights attorneys. Please consider joining the panel by completing the online form. There is no obligation to accept a referral – the ALSP Project Director will follow up to discuss your interests and availability.
If you have questions, please call Laurie Aronoff, ALSP Project Director at (213) 833-6776.
FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS
Presentations, Workshops & Clinics
ALSP can arrange for free, on-site legal presentations and clinics for HIV service providers and their clients.
Topics can be tailor made to meet the needs of your agency and client base. Potential topics might include:
Advance Planning Documents (wills, power of attorney and healthcare directive)
Outstanding Tickets & Warrants
AIDS Legal Services Project partners with law schools, legal service agencies and community-based organizations. In recognition of our effective collaborations, the State Bar of California awarded ALSP and its partners a State Bar President’s Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award.
Shown from left to right: Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye; LACBA ALSP Project Director Laurie Aronoff; and former State Bar President Craig Holden.
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Project Director, Laurie Aronoff (213) 833-6776
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