Legal Advocacy Program

ATASK’s Legal Advocacy Program helps fill the critical gap of legal needs for victims of domestic violence of Asian heritage who do not traditionally access mainstream legal services programs due to linguistic and cultural barriers. Launched in 2009, the program has expanded from providing telephone consults to now providing in-house holistic legal services including limited and full legal representation. Often, in their countries of origin, our clients may have experienced fear of the government, law enforcement or legal systems. Here, our clients receive holistic legal and stabilization services in a compassionate environment that helps immediately alleviate their anxiety where they feel safe and properly accommodated linguistically and culturally. Our in-house program attorney and legal coordinator works closely as a team with our well-trained first generation immigrant DV Advocates to deliver high-quality comprehensive and strategic legal services that complement our shelter, stabilization, income-maintenance and safety-planning services . This highly coordinated language and cultural-specific response to complex legal issues assists survivors in their journey to become independent and free from victimization.

Legal Areas:

Family Law including Divorce, Child Custody, Child / Spousal Support, Restraining Orders, Immigration, Public Benefits, Public Housing, Consumer Rights, Language Access Rights.

Legal Services we provide:

Our program will work with you and your Domestic Violence Advocate to identify and prioritize your legal needs, analyze your case, and where appropriate, provide limited representation by drafting your court documents or appearing in court with you, or connecting you with other community legal programs that we collaborate with. We may also provide full representation on immigration petitions before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services to assist you with gaining lawful immigration status, adjusting to getting your “green card” or helping you naturalize to become a US Citizen.

To contact our legal advocacy coordinator please email Chantal Choi at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We offer guides about Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the following topics:

This project was supported by Grant No. 2014-WL-AX-0036 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do no necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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