If you, or someone you know, have been sexually assaulted and are in need of legal services, one of these organizations may be able to help you.
The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project seeks to advocate for and to improve the status and well-being of Maine’s low-income noncitizens and their families by providing affordable legal services, and by educating and working with service providers, policy makers, and the public concerning legal issues unique to noncitizens.
LSE provides persons age 60 and over with free legal advice regarding health care, health insurance, Medicare (including Part D), MaineCare (Medicaid), Social Security and other public benefits, pension and retirement benefits, powers of attorney, consumer matters including creditor and bankruptcy problems, physical and financial abuse, guardianship defense, and other issues.
District attorneys work with law enforcement and represent the government in prosecuting criminal offenses. A list of district attorneys by district is listed at the link.
The Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) coordinates the volunteer efforts of Maine attorneys and community members to help low-income people navigate the civil justice system. They provide free information, brief assistance, and pro bono legal representation in civil legal matters to qualifying clients. Their volunteers give low-income Mainers the tools and the knowledge to be equal participants in the legal system.
The Penquis Law Project is a public interest law practice which seeks to create access to civil legal services for low- and moderate-income residents of Penobscot and Piscataquis counties who would otherwise be without counsel and/ or representation. In particular, the Law Project serves clients who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. Legal assistance is available in the following areas: protection from abuse orders; determination of parental rights and responsibilities; divorce; post judgment actions; other family matters; and civil matters related to sexual assault and/or stalking.
Pine Tree Legal Assistance is a nonprofit corporation established in 1966 by private attorneys in Maine to promote access to justice by providing high quality free legal assistance responsive to the immediate needs of individual low-income clients and to address the long-range barriers to justice affecting low-income people in Maine.
The Victim Rights Law Center is leading a new response to sexual violence. Founded as the first law center in the nation dedicated solely to serving the legal needs of sexual assault victims, the Victim Rights Law Center is the leader in representing sexual assault victims’ legal rights within the civil context. We not only provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives, but also promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. Through an innovative model of community collaboration, we have created a network of allies (medical providers, counselors, lawyers) dedicated to improving legal services for rape victims.