We serve individuals of modest means earning between two-to-four times the Federal poverty level, and fall into a unique Catch-22 – they earn too much to qualify for the wide-range of free legal services available in DC, but cannot afford representation by private attorneys. In Washington, DC, over 100,000 residents fall within this income range, and 9 out of 10 of those residents are forced to represent themselves pro se in complex legal proceedings where they risk losing custody of their children or being deported from this country.
That’s where DCALF steps in.
Our clients are hardworking individuals who, in spite of employment, often teeter just above low-income poverty levels. They are individuals and employees essential to the fabric of the DC community – bus drivers, lab technicians, janitors, hospitality industry workers, and public school employees. While they deserve justice and high-quality representation, legal representation is often perceived as a luxury or an expense that a family of four earning just over $52,000 per year cannot afford. DCALF fills that void, as the only nonprofit legal services provider in the District offering affordable representation for fees well below market rates.
DCALF’s vision is twofold – to expand our capacity to serve more members of the community and provide exceptional training to the next generation of public interest attorneys eager to close the access to justice gap. We are fiercely dedicated to leveling the playing field and ensuring this historically underserved population of clients have the representation they need to tackle some of life’s most daunting legal issues.
Join us in our mission to provide hardworking Washingtonians the legal representation they deserve.