Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence - Legal Advocacy Program

Our mission is to eliminate domestic violence in the Asian communities through community education and service for survivors of abuse. Services include counseling, housing advocacy, legal advocacy, shelter, 24 hour multilingual hotline, English as a second language.

The Asian Shelter and Advocacy Program (ASAP) is the first program of its kind in Massachusetts and only one of few across the United States. ASAP services include New England’s only multilingual emergency shelter, advocacy services, outreach, and education programs for battered Asian adults and their children. Asian immigrant communities face many challenges in adjusting to life in a new country. These difficulties are compounded when an immigrant or refugee is a survivor of domestic violence in an unfamiliar environment. The Asian Shelter and Advocacy Program is often the only opportunity for Asian adults and children to achieve productive and violence-free lives. ASAP Programs and Services, located at three sites, are designed to complement each other and provide clients with comprehensive care.

Pro-bono attorneys give legal advice and represent clients without charge, and/or serve as agency attorneys to review contracts. They may also serve on the board of directors.

  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Massachusetts
  • Area of law: Family & Juvenile, Immigration & Naturalization
  • Populations Served: Communities of Color, Domestic Violence Victims, Immigrants, Low Income, Women
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Nonlitigation Projects
  • Need for non-English services: Cambodian, Cantonese Chinese, Chinese, Hmong, Japanese, Khmer, Laotian, Malay-Indonesian, Mandarin Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Legal Research, Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation, Transactional work
  • Other Project Types: Review of organization contracts
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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