The demand for free legal services has never been greater.
As the economy continues to struggle and jobless rates remain high, more Angelenos than ever – especially the elderly and disabled – simply can’t afford a lawyer when the need arises.
We help over 15,000 individuals a year seek justice – at zero cost to them. All of our clients are low-income according to federal guidelines and have widely diverse racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
For more than three decades, Bet Tzedek has secured the necessities of life for the underprivileged members of our community. We’ve tracked down slumlords, rewritten unfair nursing home policies and worked to access reparations for Holocaust survivors.
Our unique approach combines direct legal representation with powerful outreach, education and legislative advocacy. These components ensure that justice is achieved for those who have been wronged – and also prevent future unlawful or unjust actions.
It’s not just about aiding our clients. It’s about getting to the root of the problem.
Just ask the workers at four local car washes.
They’ll tell you about the class-action lawsuit Bet Tzedek filed against their exploitative bosses, who denied them wages and rest breaks.
We won the case, but didn’t stop there. Bet Tzedek continued to advocate for these and other workers at the state level. We fought for laws regulating better oversight of car washes and car wash workers’ rights. Through our efforts, the Car Wash Workers Bill (AB 1688) was signed into law in 2006 and was recently renewed (AB 236) for four more years.
And that’s only one example of the work we do to fight for those with nowhere else to turn. For more information on our programs, click here.