Washoe Legal Services (“WLS”) is a non-profit legal aid organization founded in 1965. In 2016, we provided assistance to over 7,000 individuals. We directly represented more than 1,600 people, including 282 protected persons in adult guardianship cases, 307 victims of domestic violence, and 982 children in the foster care system.
We are proud of the work we do on behalf of northern Nevada’s most vulnerable residents. We believe that the justice system exists to protect the rights of everybody, not just those who can afford to hire an attorney. We strive to ensure that everyone has access to justice, especially the most vulnerable segments of our society such as the indigent, the elderly, the disabled, immigrants, victims of crime, and children. Whether you are a woman who is trapped in an abusive relationship, an elderly couple living in an unsanitary apartment, an immigrant who wants to maintain his ability to work, or a child who has been removed from her home due to allegations of abuse and neglect, we are here to help!
WLS clients usually come to us out of desperation. Many feel powerless, irrelevant, forgotten, and even worthless. We try to change that. We want them to feel like they have a voice, even though they may not have a penny to their name. We want them to feel like they have control over their lives, even though they have been taken advantage of. We want them to know that they have worth, even though they have been betrayed by those who are supposed to love and protect them.
If you feel like you need our services, we welcome you! Please contact us to request assistance. If you are one of our community supporters, we thank you! We would not be able to do this important work without you.