Downtown Women’s Center Saturday Legal Clinic in Partnership with the Abraham Lincoln University
Without the stability of a home, many homeless women do not have access to the legal resources that other people take for granted. In partnership with Abraham Lincoln University, Downtown Women’s Center holds a monthly Saturday Legal Clinic to assist homeless women in handling a variety of legal issues. Our attorneys and volunteers provide access to free legal support regarding workplace issues, traffic tickets, the sealing of civil lawsuits for eviction, and a variety of other legal matters.
Bet Tzedek Pro Bono Cases in Partnership with Safe Place for Youth
Deprived of a place to call home, troubled youths or youths exiting the foster care are forced to live on the street and fend for themselves. Homeless youth often receive minor citations on the streets, including demerits for sleeping outside, blocking sidewalks, and loitering. Without the ability to go to court or pay for the fines, these individuals often bench warrants for their arrest. Bet Tzedek has established a partnership with Safe Place for Youth’s Legal Clinic to tackle this issue. Through Bet Tzedek, our attorneys work pro bono to clear tickets or warrants belonging to the homeless youth. With every successful case, homeless youth are able to access resources or pursue paths that were previously unattainable due to their circumstances. Without said warrants or citations, these individuals may freely seek protection from law enforcement, further their education, or find employment without having to worry about any repercussions.
Downtown Women’s Center “Know Your Rights” workshop
Employment is not always a golden ticket for women trying to escape homelessness. Far too often, at risk women are taken advantage of at work, with their employers indicating resistance means losing their job and becoming homeless again. The Downtown Women’s Center “Know Your Rights” workshop is aimed at providing information and resources about the rights women have as employees. Through these workshops, our volunteers inform women of California labor laws regarding meal and rest breaks, premiums and reimbursements, overtime policies, and other laws designed to protect employees. With these resources, at risk women are better equipped to protect themselves when entering the workforce.
The Satyagraha Alliance is dedicated to supporting and giving back to local underprivileged communities. Our current activities include assisting with local food pantries, providing education and employment training, completing pro bono work, and delivering informational workshops.