LGBT Victim Assistance Program
WHO WE ARE
Indiana Legal Services, Inc., in conjunction with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) & the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), in an effort to reach members of the LGBTQ community within Indiana. These populations have particular difficulties accessing legal services because of their language and cultural barriers. They may also have legal issues that are different than other legal service clients. ILRC works to reduce these barriers to services by employing different means to reach these groups and provide them with quality legal services.
WHAT WE DO
The LGBT Victim Assistance Program (LGBT VAP) is a statewide legal aid program providing legal advocacy and representation to low-income LGBT people in Indiana. The project addresses the disproportionate rates of poverty in the LGBT community by assisting in issues that cause and affect poverty. Like all ILS services, we target issues like public benefits, employment, personal safety, and healthcare, as well as issues more common to the LGBT population like correcting identity documents and issues of discrimination.
Cases the Low-Income LGBT Project takes:
• Name and Gender Marker Changes
• Access to and Discrimination in employment, education, public benefits, & healthcare.
• Family law and recognition, including adoption and guardianship.
• Bullying and youth issues, including youth in foster or out-of-home placement.
• Power of attorney.
HOW TO CONTACT
Below is a listing of documents and links that might be helpful: