Dignity & Opportunity
Paving a better tomorrow to address and restore racial and economic disparities. Cabrini Green Legal Aid strengthens lives, families, and communities by helping restore dignity and opportunity that is too often stripped by a person’s involvement with the criminal justice system.
Our Unique Approach
Our client’s achieve stronger outcomes through interdisciplinary teams and collaboration with partners. Simultaneously through policy and advocacy we transform systems and laws.
Clients, social workers, and lawyers work together to overcome the legal barriers to clients’ overarching goals.
CGLA and its partners embrace a collective impact approach to our work with a commitment toward common goals.
We raise the voices of those directly impacted to change laws, systems, and community responses to crime, punishment and ensuing consequences.
People come to CGLA with a legal goal intertwined with, and often stemming from, social service needs and injustices. Engaging clients as part of an interdisciplinary team including lawyers and social workers allows us to begin to address complex, yet seemingly intractable issues.
As a team, we remove or prevent obstacles to employment and education. We strengthen family connections and preserve family bonds. We help people maintain or access safe and affordable housing. Together, we engage clients to overcome legal barriers that often open doors to new beginnings.
Of FAMILIES EXPERIENCED INCREASED CONNECTION BETWEEN A PARENT AND THEIR CHILDREN
OF CLIENTS LEFT CGLA WITH IMPROVED LEGAL STANDINGS REGARDING THEIR RECORD OR CASE
“We are no longer a place-based organization tied to the boundaries of the Cabrini Green community, but a people-based organization, seeking to serve those across Illinois negatively impacted by the criminal justice system.”
Executive Director, CGLA
Cabrini Green Legal Aid’s partners are a crucial component of our service delivery. Each partner allows us to better achieve our goals.
We are stronger together. We bring legal services to community partners to strengthen the outcomes their clients are working towards. In turn, our partners address social barriers in key areas to stabilize our clients’ lives.
Pro Bono Partners
It is through the dedication of hundreds of pro bono attorneys, law students, and volunteers that we are able to serve over 7,000 clients every year.
Our systems partners, including courts and correctional institutions, provide access to clients and promote innovative solutions to accessing justice.
When we see the injustice of the system and its impact on those we serve, we are called to act.
Partnering with our Leadership Council and Visible Voices members, we raise awareness in diverse communities through workshops and speaking engagements. We press for legislative and systemic change with our advocacy partners, changing laws, rules and responses that create direct and collateral consequences.
Our work falls under our “Breaking Down the Barriers” and “Reunite Moms and Kids” campaigns. Along with the first-hand voices of our leaders, our experienced staff and high-volume data from service delivery help inform our approaches and solutions to create systemic, transformative change.Read Their Stories