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With offices located in southern and southeastern Arizona, SALA is there to provide free, civil legal aid to qualified low-income persons who would not otherwise have access to Arizona's civil justice system.

What SALA Does

SALA's services include legal counseling and advice concerning legal rights and responsibilities, limited services such assistance with completing legal documents, outreach, referrals, self-help clinics and representation in court and in administrative hearings.

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Community Response to the Justice Gap in Arizona

To make legal aid services available to as many Arizonans as possible, SALA partners with private attorneys and local Bar associations to refer clients throughout its nine (9) county service area to volunteer attorneys for direct legal aid. Volunteer attorneys provide assistance to clients through representation in court, self-help clinics, and educational programs designed to teach people how to access the courts without a lawyer.

A Few Of Our Services

SALA's clients, board and staff identified the following case priorities:

Loss of Home/Unsafe Housing:

Cases involving loss of home due to foreclosure, tenant assistance with eviction from subsidized or private housing, sub- standard housing conditions, lockouts and utility shut-offs.

Consumer Protection:

Cases involving deceptive and predatory lending practices, debt collection, auto repossessions, fraud, deficiencies, wage garnishments and bankruptcy.

Immigration:

Cases involving 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.

Domestic Relations:

Assisting victims in cases involving domestic violence, child abuse or child snatching, and cases involving elderly clients who face loss of housing or income. Limited services are available for other domestic cases involving divorce, paternity and custody.

Education:

Cases involving 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.

Public Benefits:

Cases involving 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.

Tribal Court:

Representation in Tribal Court: Cases involving domestic relations, juvenile dependency, delinquency, criminal, housing, public benefits, consumer matters, and education.

Services Disclaimer

SALA’s ability to provide legal assistance in the areas listed above is subject to change based on the availability of staff and volunteers. While an applicant may be financially eligible for SALA’s services, SALA reserves the right to deny or limit services based on program resources and program priorities.

SALA assists people with civil legal problems only, and does not provide assistance with criminal matters in Arizona’s state court. For assistance with a criminal matter in state court, please contact the Pima County Public Defender’s office, the Pima County Bar Association or the public defender or bar association near you. If you or the legal problem is outside of SALA’s nine county service area, visit www.azlawhelp.org to find the local Arizona legal aid provider.