Support & Advocacy

These organizations provide assistance, support, information and advocacy to individuals and providers involved in probation services in your area. To find local, state and national organizations focusing on criminal justice, please browse the list below. You also can search our nationwide database of support groups at right.

Defender Association of Philadelphia
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Represents approximately seventy percent of all persons arrested in Philadelphia. The Association, however, has no power to appoint itself as legal counsel. The Court of Common Pleas and the Municipal Court of Philadelphia determine standards of indigence and make all counsel appointments for the Association.

Homeless Advocacy Project
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Exists to meet the legal and advocacy needs of homeless individuals and families in Philadelphia. With a legal staff of 13 and a corps of 400 volunteer lawyers, paralegals, and law students, HAP engages in direct outreach to homeless individuals in need of legal services.

NAMI Philadelphia
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A nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders.

Pennsylvania Prison Society
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The mission of the Pennsylvania Prison Society is to advocate for a humane, just and restorative correctional system, and to promote a rational approach to criminal justice issues.

Pennsylvania Recovery Organization-Achieving Community Together (Pro-ACT)
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PRO-ACT is a Southeastern PA, volunteer-based grassroots recovery support services and advocacy organization of consumers, family members and friends of people struggling with or in recovery from the disease of alcohol/other drug addiction. Chapters in Philadelphia and surrounding counties promote and put a face and voice on recovery.

People for People
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A North Central Philadelphia, non-profit organization working to improve the lives of the economically challenged.

Philadelphia Youth Network
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Youth workforce development, internships, academic support, summer camps and after-school programs for out-of-school under-21s living in the Empowerment Zone.

SEPIA (Southeastern Pennsylvania InterGroup Association of Alcoholics Anonymous)
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The primary purpose of the group is to carry the message of recovery to the alcoholic who still suffers. Covers the Southeastern Pennsylvania area, including Philadelphia and the surrounding counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery.

Women’s Law Project
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Seeks to create a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of all women throughout their lives. To this end, we engage in high-impact litigation, advocacy, and education.

ACLU of Pennsylvania
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A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending and protecting individual rights and personal freedoms. Through advocacy, education and litigation, their attorneys, advocates and volunteers work to preserve and promote civil liberties including the freedom of speech, the right to privacy, reproductive freedom, and equal treatment under the law.

Foster Parent Association
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Advocates for all those who care about children and their families, and works supportively with foster, adoptive, and kinship families, and with local foster parent associations and agencies who care for the children the association serves.

Homeless Advocacy Project
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Exists to meet the legal and advocacy needs of homeless individuals and families in Philadelphia. With a legal staff of 13 and a corps of 400 volunteer lawyers, paralegals, and law students, HAP engages in direct outreach to homeless individuals in need of legal services.

Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania
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Strives to promote quality and ethically mandated representation for all juveniles charged with acts of delinquency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Juvenile Justice Resource Center
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Committed to the provision of resources to support the proliferation of quality prevention and intervention programs aimed at promoting positive youth development and preventing violence, delinquency, substance abuse and other problem behaviors in children and adolescents.

Juvenile Law Center
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Seeks to ensure that the child welfare, juvenile justice and other public systems provide vulnerable children with the protection and services they need to become happy, healthy and productive adults.

NAMI Pennsylvania
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A nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive developmental disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain.

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
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A client-centered organization that provides leadership, funding, and support to improve the availability and quality of civil legal aid and direct legal services for low income people and victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Prison Society
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Strives to advocate for a humane, just and restorative correctional system, and to promote a rational approach to criminal justice issues. The Prison Society recognizes that constructive corrections helps to repair the damages of crimes to victims and communities. The equilibrium achieved through this restorative approach, which is both cost effective and humane, benefits and enriches all facets of society and advances the well being of the entire community.

Women's Law Project
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Accepts a small number of high impact litigation, promotes public policy and education to achieve legislative and social change, and offers a free telephone counseling and consumer education service.

American Bar Association
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With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.

    Center on Children and the Law
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    From modest origins as a small legal resource center focusing exclusively on child abuse and neglect issues, the Center has grown into a full-service technical assistance, training, and research program addressing a broad spectrum of law and court-related topics affecting children.

    Commission on Domestic Violence
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    Provides individualized support to attorneys representing victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking that includes research assistance, sample practice tools, model pleadings, and access to experts in the field. Commission members, Liaisons and Commission staff include national experts in many areas of domestic violence and the law.

    Commission on Law and Aging
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    Works to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of elders. It carries out this mission through research, policy development, technical assistance, advocacy, education, and training.

National Crime Victim Bar Association
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Provides technical support to attorneys representing crime victims in civil actions, refers crime victims to lawyers in their local area, and works to increase general awareness about the availability of civil remedies for victims of crime.

National Crime Victim Law Institute
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A non-profit research and educational organization at Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon. NCVLI is the only national organization in the country working to assert victims’ rights in criminal trial courts.

National Legal Aid and Defender Association
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NLADA is the nation's leading advocate for front-line attorneys and other equal justice professionals – those who make a difference in the lives of low-income clients and their families and communities.

Network Of Victims Assistance
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Works to advance victims' rights through public policy efforts on the federal, state, and local levels. Through the promotion of education and awareness about the rights and needs of crime victims, the organization works to improve services for victims to assist in their emotional, financial, and physical recovery.

Recovery International
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Uses the cognitive-behavioral, peer-to-peer, self-help training system developed by Abraham Low, MD, to help individuals gain skills to lead more peaceful and productive lives.

 
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