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Criminal & Civil Justice
Atlanta Legal Aid Society
The Atlanta Legal Aid Society has represented Atlanta's poor in civil legal cases since 1924. Their work helps their clients deal with some of life's most basic needs -- a safe home, enough food to eat, a decent education, protection against fraud, and personal safety. Their clients come from Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett Counties in Georgia. For more information please visit www.atlantalegalaid.org or call (404) 524-5811.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. For more information please visit www.bazelon.org or call (202) 467-5730.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
The mission of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund is to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development. For more information please visit www.dredf.org/.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC),
Atlanta District Office
The EEOC is the Federal agency responsible for enforcement of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which provides protections for employees with disabilities; will provide some guidance and interpretation of the ADA. For more information please visit https://www.eeoc.gov/field-office/atlanta/location or call 1-800-669-4000 (Phone), 404-562-6909 (FAX), 1-800-669-6820 (TTY), or 844-234-5122 (ASL Video Phone).
Georgia Advocacy Office
The Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO) is a private non-profit corporation. Its mission is to work with and for oppressed and vulnerable individuals in Georgia who are labeled as disabled or mentally ill to secure their protection and advocacy. For more information please visit www.thegao.org or call (404) 885-1234 or 1 (800) 537-2329.
Georgia Legal Services
The mission of the Georgia Legal Services Program is to provide access to justice and opportunities out of poverty for Georgians with low-incomes. For more information please visit www.glsp.org or call (404) 206-5175.
Georgia Public Defenders Standards Council, Office of the Mental Health Advocate
The Office of the Mental Health Advocate (OMHA) was created by statute in 1996 to provide services to attorneys representing criminal defendants with mental health challenges. OMHA monitors cases in Georgia involving pleas of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) and it directly represents a limited number of insanity acquittees. We provide services state-wide as a way of assisting attorneys, the hospitals, and the courts in criminal cases involving mentally ill defendants. For more information please visit https://gapubdef.org/divisions/# or call (404) 232-8900 or 1 (800) 676-4432.
U.S. Access Board, Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Complaint
The ABA stands as the first measure by Congress to ensure access to the built environment for people with disabilities. The law requires that buildings or facilities that were designed, built, or altered with federal dollars or leased by federal agencies after August 12, 1968 be accessible. Facilities that predate the law generally are not covered, but alterations or leases undertaken after the law took effect can trigger coverage. To file an ABA complaint or for more information please visit https://www.access-board.gov/enforcement/.
U.S. Department Justice, Disability Rights Section
The Disability Rights Section works to achieve equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the United States by implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Executive Order 12250. The Section's enforcement, regulatory, coordination, and technical assistance activities, along with an innovative mediation program, provide a multi-faceted and dynamic approach for carrying out this mission. For more information please visit https://www.justice.gov/crt/disability-rights-section.