Recognizing the specific legal barriers transgender people face in accessing safe and affirming housing, employment, and medical care – especially transgender women of color who have been homeless and/or incarcerated –the TransLegal Program provides holistic and affirming legal services, self-help legal assistance, and legal education to transgender people to support the overall mission of the TransLife Center (TLC) and the personal success of its participants.

Our practice areas include:

  • Legal Name Changes
  • Misdemeanor Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Records Expungement and Sealing
  • Public Benefits Appeals and Advocacy
  • Housing, Employment and Public Accommodations Discrimination

Legal representation is available to residents of Cook County. Fees are on a sliding scale basis and representation is offered pro bono to people with income that is at or below 300% the federal poverty guideline.

In addition to legal representation, TransLegal provides:

  • “Know Your Rights” workshops and trainings
  • Trainings and presentations on legal issues facing the transgender and gender expansive communities
  • Best practices trainings for attorneys and other legal professionals
  • Consulting for businesses, schools, government agencies and legal professionals
  • Referrals to trans knowledgeable attorneys
  • Internship opportunities for 2nd and 3rd year law students

Contact:  Elizabeth Ricks, Legal Director and Staff Attorney
(773) 248-5200, x414
ericks@chicagohouse.org