Legal Advocacy Program
In January 2009, ATASK launched a new Legal Advocacy Program. ATASK aims to give clients necessary legal information to improve their situations. With the help of ATASK advocates, clients have immediate access to legal advice and improved coordination of legal services and representation. Our experience working with immigrant clients has revealed that they have many questions and need understanding about their legal rights, how to manage issues such as divorce, restraining order, custody, and immigration status. In their countries of origin, our clients may also have experienced fear of the legal system. Our clients receive these services in an environment that helps immediately alleviate their anxiety, where they feel safe and properly accommodated both linguistically and culturally. ATASK has established relationships with community partners and probono attorneys, reducing the period of time clients often must spend on waiting lists in pro-bono legal organizations, which field a high volume of requests. The attorney(s) works closely with the advocates, clients and referral partners to fill an unmet need by providing a more coordinated response to complex cases and assists survivors in their journey to become independent.