Legal Aid Justice Center

The Legal Aid Justice Center is a nationally recognized, non‐profit organization that partners
with communities and clients to achieve justice by dismantling the systems that create and
perpetuate poverty. Justice means racial justice, economic justice, and social justice.
Founded in 1967, LAJC provides services in four program areas: Civil Rights & Racial Justice,
Economic Justice, Youth Justice, and Immigrant Advocacy. LAJC boldly tackles issues of
systemic injustice and aims to raise public and policymaker awareness of some of the most
pressing challenges facing low‐income Virginia residents. For more information, visit

From offices in Charlottesville, Richmond, Petersburg, and Falls Church, LAJC fiercely
advocates for low‐income clients and communities in Central and Northern Virginia, and its
work broadly impacts the entire state. Just in the past year we permanently repealed
Virginia’s driver’s license suspension for court debt scheme; helped win the right to legally
drive and in‐state tuition in Virginia regardless of immigration status; secured an injunction
slashing the number of immigrants detained by ICE at the largest detention center in the
Mid‐Atlantic and passed a law giving Virginia oversight authority; won the nation’s first
COVID‐specific, statewide, and enforceable workplace safety standards; and decriminalized
school‐based disorderly conduct, which was a leading contributor to the school‐to‐prison
pipeline, especially for Black girls.

The Charlottesville office is the headquarters of the Legal Aid Justice Center. In addition to
supporting fourteen lawyers, two community organizers, and a paralegal, it houses the
finance, operations, and a significant portion of the development team. It serves the lowincome
residents of the City of Charlottesville, as well as Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene,
Louisa and Nelson counties. Our advocates work in all four of our programs. This office also
hosts several legal clinics for the University of Virginia School of Law and a robust
undergraduate volunteer program for intake and reception.