Westside Justice Center
601 South California Avenue
The Westside Justice Center is a community-centered holistic organization that combines direct representation, education, and community outreach to residents of Chicago’s west side. The Center strives to reduce violence, prevent recidivism, and preempt contact with the criminal justice system by assisting clients in navigating the various bureaucracies of Cook County and empowering clients the knowledge to make sustainable change.
Established in 2015, our goal is to empower communities and individuals to demand their civil and human rights, through legal systems and advocacy. We believe communities who use legal and justice systems to their benefit, are better able to address structural barriers and reduce the risk of violence. Our objectives are to increase legal literacy and the use of legal systems by the communities we serve; provide a space for members of the community to engage in meaningful discourse, identify issues of broad concern and mobilize to action; as well as provide legal and quasi legal services to individuals in need. Community Based Paralegal program (CBP) allows members of the community to engage in meaningful advocacy efforts, as community members undergo paralegal training, and provide legal and quasi-legal support to individuals.
The main pillar of our work is providing holistic, client oriented legal services. Holistic legal service is an innovative approach to justice which centers the individual, rather than the legal case. To best serve our communities, we have to recognize the fact that most community members who seek assistance have a myriad of legal and quasi legal issues. Our work addresses underlying social-economic issues, as a preemptive measure to keep community member from entering the criminal justice system, as well as the collateral consequences of court involvement.
We believe communities who use legal and justice systems to their benefit are better able to address structural barriers and reduce the risk of violence.
We assist individuals in navigating social and legal issues, and provide legal support through interviews, case reviews, and referrals.
Beyond individual support and services, our goals are to increase legal literacy and the use of legal systems by the communities we serve; provide a space for members of the community to engage in meaningful discourse, and mobilize to action.
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