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Specialized Legal Services

Think Make Live Youth

Empowers youth in Columbus through equity and justice, bridge building, empowerment, belonging and fun. Programs include Guns DOWN group for ages 13-24 to heal from trauma and prevent violence, Unleashing Potential for ages 18-24 navigating the criminal justice system, and Summer Workforce for ages 14-24 to gain paid work and community service opportunities. Call for details.
(614) 323-9297
tmlyouth.org

ADA (American with Disabilities Act) National Network

Provides information, guidance and training on issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Anyone can call to speak to an ADA specialist. ADA specialists address complex questions on topics such as reasonable accommodations at work, building codes for new construction projects, accessible housing, and transitioning from school to work.
(800) 949-4232
adata.org

Adoption Network Cleveland

Provides information, advocacy, education, and support for members of the adoption triad (adoptees, birthparents, and adoptive/kinship/foster parents), youth in foster care, siblings, and related professionals. Services include in-person and virtual support groups, DNA discovery and birth parent search support, life coaching, specialized support for kinship families, and financial assistance through the Family Resilience Fund. They also provide professional education and internships, virtual speakers and trainings, and adoption assessor training. Anyone can call the Helpline for questions or support related to foster care and adoption.
12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44120
Helpline: (216) 325-1000
adoptionnetwork.org

Catholic Social Services

A faith-based agency serving families and seniors in central and southern Ohio. Provides case management, food, and emergency assistance. They offer supportive services and community-impact opportunities for low-income seniors. The Our Lady of Guadalupe Center serves the Latino/Hispanic community on the West side of Columbus with a food pantry, ESL classes, legal and immigration consultations and referrals, and comprehensive case management.

  • Columbus
    197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 221-5891
  • West Columbus
    Our Lady of Guadalupe Center
    409 Industry Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 340-7061
  • Newark
    1031 Brice Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 345-2565
  • Zanesville
    Physical Address: 422 Main Street, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
    Mailing Address: PO Box 3446, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
    (740) 452-5057
  • Portsmouth
    St. Francis Catholic Outreach Center
    2311 Stockham Lane, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
    (740) 961-4020

colscss.org

City of Columbus Domestic Violence & Stalking Unit

Provides education, support, counseling, crisis intervention and overall help for victims of domestic violence and stalking. Specialized prosecutors handle cases for victims that are high risk, including children.
375 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-6232
city-attorney.columbus.gov/dv.aspx

Coalition on Homelessness & Housing in Ohio (COHHIO)

Supports Ohio residents and organizations seeking guidance on landlord-tenant law and the Fair Housing Act. If you need free legal advice on how to deal with a specific issue, email them or call them using the Housing Information Line.
175 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
General: (614) 280-1984
Housing Information Line: (888) 485-7999
cohhio.org

Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS)

Nonprofit serving refugees and immigrants in Central Ohio. Services include free immigration-related legal services, parenting support for families with children 0-15 in Franklin County, job training classes and career counseling, help getting healthcare, Victims of Crime Assistance (VOCA), and comprehensive case management for newly-arriving refugee families and individuals. CRIS Community Connectors is a mentorship program providing academic, employment, and social support for New Americans.
4645 Executive Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 235-5747
crisohio.org

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County

Helps abused and neglected children in need of a powerful voice to speak up for their best interest. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for children and help them obtain a safe, permanent home.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-7450
casa.franklincountyohio.gov

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)

National civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities. They provide specialized legal services for cases that have the potential to affect large groups of people with disabilities and achieve law reform. Their website has helpful information on topics like healthcare access, special education, foster/kinship care, and transportation. They also post job and internship opportunities.
3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, California 94703
(510) 644-2555 or (510) 841-8645 TTY
dredf.org

Disability Rights Ohio

Nonprofit advocating for people with disabilities in Ohio. Their website has helpful resources on abuse, neglect and exploitation, employment, benefits counseling, education, voting, and more. Rise Up is an interactive youth advocacy guide with resources for transitioning into adulthood. Most of their resources are available in multiple languages, including Spanish and Somali. Complete the online intake form for legal help.
200 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181
Rise Up guides: disabilityrightsohio.org/riseup
Intake Form: disabilityrightsohio.org/intake-form
disabilityrightsohio.org

DWAVE (Deaf World Against Violence Everywhere)

Serves Ohio’s Deaf, Deaf Blind, Deaf Disabled, and Hard of Hearing communities by offering culturally affirmative services in response to relationship and sexual violence. Call to speak to a trained advocate for individualized safety planning and case management. Referrals can be placed for material help, legal help, social services, and mental health counseling. They offer 24-hour advocacy for survivors of sexual assault at local hospital emergency rooms. They also hold trainings for volunteer advocates, professionals/providers working with Deaf clients, and Deaf Culture 101.
PO Box 1286, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Videophone: (614) 678-5476
Voice/Text: (614) 887-7233
National Deaf Hotline VP: (855) 812-1001
National 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline Voice: (800) 799-7233
dwaveohio.org

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Division of Domestic Relations & Juvenile Branch

Handles all domestic relations matters, including protection for victims of domestic violence. Services include mediation services, Civil Protection Orders (CPO’s) / Juvenile Protection Orders (JPO’s), interpreters, Self Represented Resource Center (SRRC) for those who do not have the financial resources to retain private counsel and more. Their youth education and intervention programs work to divert delinquent youth from going further into the Juvenile Justice System through prevention, intervention and treatment services. Services are provided for free.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Administration: (614) 525-3628
drj.fccourts.org
Phone Directory: drj.fccourts.org/DRJ.aspx?PN=Quick_Phone_Directory.htm

Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Assistance Unit

Provides information to victims and witnesses about the procedures of the criminal justice system. The Juvenile Division helps victims in cases where the offender is a parent or caretaker.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-4440
prosecutor.franklincountyohio.gov/criminal-division/victim-witness-unit

JAN (Job Accommodation Network)

Offers free guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. JAN consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, ADA and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. Assistance is available both over the phone and online. Their website also has helpful information on a wide range of medical conditions with related resources and accommodations.
Voice: (800) 526-7234
TTY: (877) 781-9403
Text: (304) 216-8189
askjan.org

Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC)

Provides free civil legal assistance and guidance to low income residents and senior citizens of Columbus and Central Ohio. Legal Aid attorneys may be able to help you with the following types of cases or legal problems: consumer law, family law, housing, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax law, veterans, and education. Their website also has a page of Resources with easy to read information on these topics.

  • Columbus Office: serves Franklin and Madison county
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    Intake: (614) 241-2001
    General Inquiries: (614) 224-8374 or (877) 224-8374
  • Marion Office: serves Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union county
    150 Oak Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 383-2161 or (888) 301-2411

columbuslegalaid.org

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio is the official Ohio State Long-Term Care Ombudsman sponsoring agency, for Region 6 and Region 8 Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs. The program advocates for excellence in long-term services and supports wherever consumers live. Ombudsmen do not regulate nursing homes and home health agencies, but do work with providers, residents, their families, and other representatives to resolve problems and concerns.

  • Region 6: Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Union, and Pickaway counties
    (614) 345-9198 or (800) 536-5891
  • Region 8: Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, and Washington counties
    (740) 345-9198

easterseals.com/centralohio/our-programs/senior-services/long-term-care-ombudsman.html

Office for Victims of Crime

Provides an online directory of crime victim services, victims’ rights information, resources for international victims and toll-free telephone numbers.
ovc.gov

Ohio Attorney General Victims of Crime Compensation Program

Provides financial help to innocent victims of violent crimes (including domestic violence, sexual assault and homicide). Payments can cover medical expenses, counseling and lost wages. The application can be submitted online.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 584-2846 or (614) 466-5610
ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Individuals-and-Families/Victims/Apply-for-Victims-Compensation.aspx

Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center

Free legal representation to state and federal victims of crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected from the time a crime is first reported throughout the criminal justice process. They also offer Free Victims’ Rights Training to promote awareness of crime victims’ rights laws and to ensure consistent systemic implementation of crime victims’ rights laws.
PO Box 369, Powell, Ohio, 43065
(614) 848-8500
ocvjc.org
Crime Victims Rights Toolkit: victimsrightstoolkit.com

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction Office of Victim Services

Offers several services for victims of crime, including crisis intervention and advocacy, information and referrals, notification regarding inmates and online resources for victims.
4545 Fisher Road, Suite D, Columbus, Ohio 43228
(614) 387-0588
drc.ohio.gov/victims

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Agency providing culturally and linguistically-appropriate services for the growing Latino/Hispanic communities throughout Ohio. Services include homework help and after school programs, summer camps, financial education, translation and interpretation services, ESL and citizenship classes, and more. The Soy Latina program serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and includes crisis intervention, safety planning, medical and legal advocacy, and a Community Empowerment Group.
Main Office: 1535 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 459-6566
Interpreter Services: (614) 746-1032
Soy Latina: (614) 746-3534
ohiohispaniccoalition.org

Ohio Special Education Legal Clinic (Lawyers4Students)

Offers a free Special Education Legal Clinic for parents of students with disabilities, including free monthly workshops and individual guidance sessions. They provide parents and guardians an opportunity to meet with a special education advocate or attorney, to ask questions and discuss specific challenges related to education. Clinic staff members and volunteers will help guide parents and guardians through the special education process, provide resources, and secure special education services.
262 South 3rd Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 745-2001
lawyers4students.com/legalclinic

 

Opportunity Port

Started by Columbus City Council as an initiative aimed at expanding employment and housing opportunities for residents of Columbus and Franklin County by sealing their criminal records. Opportunity Port does not provide legal advice but helps former offenders seal their record. Visit their website for more information and to contact the organization.
opportunityport.org

Riverview International Center (RIC)

Resource Center assisting with basic needs for New Americans. Services include ESL classes, employment services, computer literacy, citizenship assistance, homework and reading help, a monthly legal clinic, and summer programming for elementary and middle school children. Their office welcomes walk-ins for any questions about navigating life in America.
552 Riverview Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 427-3368
riverviewinternationalcenter.org
facebook.com/RiverviewInternationalCenter


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