APT works with community partner-groups to hold legal clinics in trusted community sites. At our clinics, each client starts with a broad “triage” interview, in which we discuss problems and assess legal needs and options. We offer individual legal services in areas of employment, immigration, and wills and other family security issues, and we also refer clients to other legal services programs, social service groups, or private attorneys if additional legal help is needed.
We also investigate problems for which there is no current legal solution, areas in which policy advocacy is needed. We collect information to document the experiences of women with issues like inadequate family leave, unjust discrimination, lack of affordable housing or quality childcare, and other concerns. If women’s realities are recognized, then policies can be made more responsive to their needs. To this end, we also refer women who desire to make change to the civic engagement and policy advocacy programs of partner-groups.