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New Hampshire Legal Assistance

New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) is a non-profit law firm offering legal services in civil matters to seniors and eligible low-income people. NHLA provides high quality legal services to vulnerable low-income people, ranging from simple legal information and advice to vigorous and through representation in all of New Hampshire’s courts and before many of the local, state, and federal agencies which play large roles in the lives of low-income people. In providing legal services to the poor, NHLA helps balance the scales of justice for all citizens. NHLA has seven locations throughout New Hampshire all offering the same legal advice and services.

Website: www.nhla.org

Phone:  603-224-4107 or 800-517-0577 (TTY: 800-634-8989)

About MassLegalHelp.org

MassLegalHelp.org is one of three statewide websites that make up the Massachusetts Legal Websites Project.  The mission of MassLegalHelp.org is to improve access to justice for low income and disadvantaged persons through innovative use of the Web.  We are working to connect, support, and educate advocates and the general public. The content of the website is written by people within the legal services community.

Website: www.masslegalhelp.org

Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination (MCAD)

The Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination is the state’s chief civil rights agency. The Commission works to eliminate discrimination on a variety of bases and areas, and strives to advance the civil rights of the people of the Commonwealth through law enforcement, outreach and training. MCAD helps to eliminate discrimination in employment and education, housing, lending, and public accommodations. If you believe you have been discriminated against, you should contact the MCAD immediately to take the initial steps in filing a complaint.

Website: www.mass.gov/mcad/

Office Location: 1 Ashburton Place, 6th Floor, Room 601, Boston, MA 02108

Phone: 617-994-6000 (TTY: 617-994-6196)

Department of Children and Families (DCF)

The Department of Children and Families feels every child is entitled to a home that is free from abuse and neglect. DCF’s vision is to ensure the safety of children in a manner that holds the best hope of nurturing a sustained, resilient network of relationships to support the child’s growth and development into adulthood. DCF’s Core Values are the anchors that ground their practice. DCF is committed to making these values more than words on paper. By strengthening the links between the Department, families and communities, DCF will move closer to service delivery systems that reflect the core values of being child-driven, family-centered, community-focused, strength-based, and committed to diversity, cultural competence, and continuous learning.

Website: www.mass.gov/dss

Office Locations near NECC:

Everett Mills, 15 Union Street, 2nd Floor, Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone: 978-557-2500   fax: 978-683-7455

3 Ferry Street, Bradford, MA 01835

Phone: 978-469-8800   fax: 978-469-8990

New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF)

The Division for Children, Youth and Families manages protective programs on behalf of New Hampshire’s children, youth and their families. DCYF staff provides a wide range of family-centered services with the goal of meeting a parent’s and a child’s needs and strengthening the family system. Services are designed to support families and children in their own homes and communities whenever possible. The major program areas of DCYF are child protection, foster care, permanency to create a long term, safe, and stable environment, and an adolescent program to ensure current and former SCYF youth obtain the resources and positive youth development needed to establish working relationships with caring adults and become healthy and sufficient adults.

Website: www.dhhs.state.nh.us

Office Location: 129 Pleasant St, Concord, NH 03301

Phone: 603-271-4451

Merrimack Valley Legal Services-North Shore 

MVLS is a legal aid program which provides free legal advice and representation in civil legal cases to low-income and elderly residents of parts of Essex and Middlesex counties. Since 1974 MVLS has represented victims of domestic violence, clients from becoming homeless, children with special needs, elderly and disabled people in obtaining disability, welfare, and medical benefits, people making the transition from welfare to work, and those denied unemployment compensation.

Website: www.mvlegal.org

Office Location:  170 Common Street, Suite 300, Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone: 978-687-1177
TTY Phone: 978-689-7275

Neighborhood Legal Services

Phone: 978-686-6900 or 1-888-657-2889

Serving all of the Greater Lawrence, Lynn and Lowell areas. Offers low cost & free legal advice to low income & elderly people.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

NCMEC’s mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation, help find missing children, and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them. NCMEC serves as the national resource center and information clearinghouse for missing and exploited children with a 24-hour hotline and online tip line. The website operates with a listing by state of missing persons complete with a photo and description of the missing person. NCMEC works with the public, families, and law enforcement associated with each case.

Website: www.missingkids.com

Hotline: 800-843-5678

National Runaway Switchboard (NRS)

The mission of the NRS is to help keep America’s runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. The organization serves as the federally designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. NRS provides education and solution-focused interventions, offers non-sectarian, non-judgmental support, respects confidentiality, collaborates with volunteers, and responds to at-risk youth and their families 24 hours a day. NRS’s crisis hotline is available 24-hours a day throughout the United States and its territories, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

Website: www.1800runaway.org

Hotline: 800-786-2929

MA State Police/ Missing Persons Unit

Phone: 617-727-8972 or 800-622-5999

ME State Police/ Missing Persons Unit

Phone: 207-624-7097 or 800-452-4664

NH State Police/ Missing Persons Unit

Phone: 603-271-2663 or 800-852-3411

Additional Legal Services Offices

Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau (Waltham)

Phone: 781-893-4793

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau

Phone: 617-495-4408

Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts

781-581-1977
www.clcm.org
298 Union St, Lynn

Provides direct legal representation for indigent children in cases involving special education, early intervention, school issues, children in state custody, etc.

Dial-A-Lawyer

Phone: 617-338-0610
The 1st Wednesday of every month you can get free legal help, by telephone, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Essex County District Attorney’s Office

Phone: 978-745-6610 

www.mass.gov/essexda

Provides training and informational programs and conferences for parents, youth workers, community members and schools.

Essex County Family Legal Aid Project

Phone: 888-835-4300

Provides free legal advice and representation in civil legal cases to low income and elderly residents of parts of Essex and Middlesex counties.

Hale & Dorr Legal Services Center

Phone: 617-522-3003
Legal services for housing, family, benefits and AIDS-related discrimination

Lawyer of the Day 

Phone: 978-744-1020

Volunteer attorney offers brief consultation at the courthouse providing basic legal advice to qualifying individuals on a walk-in
basis. Call for availability.

Legal Advocacy Resource Center 800-342-LAWS

www.larcma.org
Provides legal information primarily to lowincome residents on a wide range of issues

Massachusetts Advocates for Children

Phone: 617-357-8431
www.massadvocates.org

Advocacy for children needing special education services

Massachusetts Child Support Enforcement

800-332-2733
www.mass.gov/dor/child-support

Information of child support laws, filing claims
and help with a specific case.

Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation

Phone: 617-367-8544
www.mlac.org

Legal services for income-eligible people.

Massachusetts Office on Disabilities

Phone: 800-322-2020
Information, referrals and advocacy for people with disabilities. Intakes Mon,Tues,Thurs,and Fri 9 AM – 4:30 PM; Weds 9 AM -1 PM

National Consumer Law Center

Phone: 617-542-8010
www.consumerlaw.org

Basic information for consumers on critical consumer issues, including debt collection, credit card debt, telemarketing fraud, loss of utility services and other issues.

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