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Legal Aid Justice Center

More Justice, Less Poverty

Charlottesville, VA   |  www.justice4all.org

Mission

To seek equal justice for all by solving clients' legal problems, strengthening the voices of low-income communities, and rooting out the inequities that keep people in poverty.

Ruling year info

1971

Executive Director

Ms. Angela Ciolfi

Main address

1000 Preston Ave

Charlottesville, VA 22903 USA

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Formerly known as

Southside Virginia Legal Services

Charlottesville-Albemarle Legal Aid Society

EIN

54-0884513

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Legal Services (I80)

Public Interest Law/Litigation (I83)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Legal Aid Justice Center battles poverty and injustice by solving critical legal problems for individuals and communities that range from access to needed services, systems that keep people in poverty and bad actors that prey of the most vulnerable populations. These issues can take many forms and guises. Our responsibility is to work hand in hand with affected communities and find solutions to create long lasting change.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Economic Justice Program

The Economic Justice  focuses on housing, health and mental health services, consumer protection, employment and unemployment, and public benefits.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

The largest children’s law program in Virginia, our Youth Justice Program represents at-risk children, organizes parents to be effective youth advocates, and works to change laws and policies for the benefit of all children in the Commonwealth.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The Immigrant Advocacy Program works with low-income immigrants throughout Virginia. Over the past decade, this program has largely focused on wage claims,  housing,  and consumer protection. Recently we have expanded efforts to include farmworker protections, representing undocumented immigrants in detention and deportation proceeding, and assisting unaccompanied minors seeking asylum.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Our newly established Civil Rights and Racial Justice Program works to end the criminalization of poverty in Virginia by exposing and addressing the connections among policing, poverty, race, and injustice. Through a strategic mix of community organizing, local and statewide policy advocacy, and impact litigation, this program works to reform our criminal justice system’s over reliance on incarceration and to dismantle systems of racial injustice. Current initiatives include our challenges to Virginia’s Habitual Drunkard law and practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of individuals who cannot afford to pay fees and fines.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We have four Programs , each with goals to assist vulnerable populations in Virginia

Our JustChildren Program is Virginia’s largest children’s law program. We rely on a range of strategies to make sure the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable young people receive the services and support they need to lead successful lives in their communities.

Our Economic Justice Program works to make it less expensive to be poor by solving problems related to housing, public benefits, employment, healthcare, and consumer protection. The program engages in systematic advocacy with and on behalf of low-income people in these areas.

Our Civil Rights & Racial Justice Program works to end the criminalization of poverty in Virginia by exposing and addressing the injustice that results from criminal legal system policies - from policing decisions to court practices to state-sanctioned barriers to reentry- that target people because of poverty and race.

Our Immigrant Advocacy Program supports immigrants in their efforts to find justice and fair treatment. We help them recover unpaid wages, combat workplace and housing discrimination, and fight for their civil rights including their right to remain in this country and be treated with the dignity and respect as provided by law.

The Legal Aid Justice Center is committed to providing a full range of services to our clients, including services our federal and state governments choose not to fund. We utilize a mix of zealous individual representation, group and class litigation, community organizing, policy advocacy, and media relations.

Our 3 main offices in Charlottesville, Richmond and Falls Church (with a satellite office in Petersburg) are staffed with both attorneys and organizers that work closely in impacted communities. Many of our staff have be lauded for excellence in the legal profession by local and state Bar programs as well as community awards for their impact. We have been successful in both long and short term campaigns that made significant impacts in legislation advocacy, impact litigation and public awareness campaigns.

We have a number of successes in our program areas over the year that include assisting hundreds in individual representation, supporting community groups to create change within their communities around housing regulations, police accountability and access to education and immigration issues. Our teams have won large impact litigation cases benefiting low income communities and passing legislation to change the systems that keep people poor. As these events are on going and evolve constantly, we welcome you you go to our website at www.justice4all.org to get the most recent updates of our work.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Legal Aid Justice Center

Board of directors
as of 03/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Cynthia Neff

Retired from IBM

Term: 2019 - 2024

Eva Anthony

Powhatan-Goochland Community Action Agency

Joy Johnson

Public Housing Association of Residents

Marijean Oldham

Community Volunteer

Kristi Kelly

Kelly Guzzo, PLC

Dean L'hospital

University of Virginia

Ofelia Calderon

Calderon Seguin, PLC

Josh Bowers

UVA School of Law

Salvadore Bezos

Stern, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC

Tennille Checkovich

Smithfield

Tanishka Cruz

Cruz Law PLLC

Ted Howard

Wiley Rein

Bryan Slaughter

Michie Hamlett

Byron Arango

Trabajadores Unidos de Annandale Virginia

Ivy Bell

Community Health Worker

Cynthia Neff

Retired (IBM)

Burt Pinnock

Baskervill

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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