Legal aid

Southern Arizona Legal Aid does not defend clients facing criminal charges, but its trained staff invite low-income clients to once-a-month office hours for services ranging from domestic abuse orders of protection; child support and custody issues.

Free civil legal assistance for those who meet eligibility guidelines also includes rental lease termination, debt problems with creditors and credit monitoring agencies. Legal aid staff visit Gila County on the second Wednesday each month from 11 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are preferred - please call 520-623-9465, extension 4189; or toll-free 800-640-9465, extension 4189. Apply for help or read more about services online at or azlawhelp/accesstojustice

Services include:

• Tribal Court: representation for Tribal Court cases such as domestic relations, juvenile dependency, delinquency, criminal, housing, public benefits, consumer matters, and education

• Public Benefits: government welfare programs such as SNAP (Food Stamps) , AHCCCS Medical Assistance, TANF Cash Assistance, Unemployment and Social Security Disability benefits. Public benefits issues include denials, reductions and overpayment of benefits

• Loss of Home/Unsafe Housing: loss of home due to foreclosure, tenant assistance with eviction from subsidized or private housing, sub-standard housing conditions, lockouts and utility shut-offs

• Immigration: lawful permanent residents, conditional residents, asylees, refugees, certain family members of U.S. citizens, undocumented persons who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or other crimes, and others. Services include representation before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Immigration Court, and the Board of Immigration Appeals

• Consumer Protection: deceptive and predatory lending practices, debt collection, auto repossessions, fraud, deficiencies, wage garnishments and bankruptcy

• Education: public school expulsions, suspensions, bilingual and special education

• Community Education: SALA's Community Education Program provides legal educational brochures, pamphlets, self-help clinics and seminars to community agency staff, clients and the community at-large.

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