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New York State Name Change Services (By Region)

Capital Region

Capital Pride Center: Case Management Services1
Albany: 332 Hudson Avenue
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http://www.capitalpridecenter.org/programs-services/center-support/
The Capital Pride Center (Pride Center of the Capital Region) provides Case Management Services, LGBT-affirming, low-cost, personalized assistance with trans-specific health information, obtaining identity documents, and referrals for legal services to assist with gender marker changes, among a number of other trans-specific health and legal services. Case management services are free for youth ages 13-21 and are available at a low-cost, sliding scale fee system for adults above age 21.

Central New York

Cornell Law School Advocacy for LGBT Communities Clinic1
http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/academics/clinicalprogram/lgbtclinic/Clients.cfm
(607) 255-4196; ude.llenroc|cinilc-tbgl#ude.llenroc|cinilc-tbgl
Cornell Law School Advocacy for LGBT Communities Clinic provides legal assistance to low-income LGBT people residing in Tompkins County and the surrounding counties. To be eligible, you must identify as LGBT, reside in listed counties (see website), and be unable to afford a lawyer to help you. Clinic assists with a number of cases, including legal name change and obtaining identification documents.

Hudson Valley

Law Offices of Christine J. Klein
http://www.christinekleinlaw.com/
Hawthorne: 245 Saw Mill River Road, Suite 106
(914) 449-6749
With over ten years of legal experience, Christine Klein offers clients strong representation in matters related to family law, estate planning and personal injury. Services include legal name changes and gender assignment.

The LOFT1
http://loftgaycenter.org/
Among Programs & Services is the Drop-In Legal Clinic, which offers a seminar covering a particular legal topic followed by one-on-one consultation with an attorney knowledgeable on LGBT legal issues. Continue to check The LOFT’s website for the next LOFT Legal Clinic. Clinics take place quarterly.
The LOFT also has a Pro Bono Name Change project, where the legal clinic assists trans individuals in legally changing their names.

Long Island

Long Island GLBT Community Center
http://www.liglbtcenter.org/
Bay Shore, NY: 34 Park Ave.
(631) 665-2300
Long Island Trans Experience (LITE) offers support services for TGNC people, including Name Change Clinic.

New York City

LGBT Law Project at NY Legal Assistance Group1
http://www.nylag.org/units/lgbt-law-project/
Manhattan: 7 Hanover Square, 18th Floor
(212) 613-5000 ext. 5107
Free representation regarding: discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity; Landlord/Tenant disputes; Legal name and document change; Immigration Issues; Orders of Protection; Public Benefits; Second Parent or Joint Adoption; Relationship dissolution; Custody and Visitation; Will, Health Care Proxy and Living Will Preparation.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)1^24^^
http://srlp.org/our-services/legal-services/
Manhattan: 147 W 24th St, 5th Floor
(212) 337-8550
SRLP provides direct representation for low-income transgender people and transgender people of color in three main areas; survival and self-determination project, immigrant rights project, and prisoner rights project. Each of these includes assistance with name changes.

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF)1
http://www.transgenderlegal.org/
Manhattan: 151 West 19th St., Suite 1103 (646) 862-9396
Addresses discrimination against TGNC people through impact litigation and advocacy. The Name Change Project provides free legal representation during the name change process.

Urban Justice Center1
http://www.urbanjustice.org/
Manhattan: 123 William St. 16th Floor
(646) 602-5600
Provides direct legal service, advocacy, community education and political organizing to NYC’s most vulnerable residents.

Peter Cicchino Youth Project1
http://www.urbanjustice.org/ujc/projects/peter.html
Free legal services for LGBT young people; drop in clinics at Ali Forney, Streetwork Project, and Hetrick Martin Institute

Civil Courts in NYC
http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/civil/
NYC residents may file name change petitions at civil courts in any of the 5 Boroughs. You can go to Manhattan court even if you live in another borough. SRLP has detailed explanations of the process in NYC in English & Spanish at srlp.org/resources/namechange.

Court locations:
Manhattan: 111 Centre St, Rm. 118, 646-386-5609
Brooklyn: 141 Livingston St., Bronx: 851 Grand Concourse,
Queens: 89-17 Sutphin Blvd.,
Staten Island: 927 Castleton Ave.

North Country

Western New York

Volunteer Legal Services1
Telesca Center for Justice
Rochester: 1 W Main Street, 5th Floor
(585) 232-3051
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http://www.vlsprochester.org
Welcome to the website of Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc. (VLSP). VLSP provides free legal help to low-income residents of Monroe County, New York who are facing non-criminal legal problems. VLSP's services are provided by 1,600 pro bono volunteers who donate their time and talent to ensure that low-income people have access to the justice system when faced with serious legal problems. Volunteer Legal Services provides assistance to transgender individuals seeking help with legal name changes.

General Name Change Resources

Lambda Legal Toolkit: Identity Documents
http://www.lambdalegal.org/publications/trt_transgender_id
Lambda Legal, a New York City-based LGBT legal organization, has published a Transgender Rights Toolkit called "A Legal Guide for Trans People and Their Advocates." This particular chapter covers changing legal information on identity documents.

NY CourtHelp: Name Changes
http://www.nycourts.gov/courthelp/namechangeinfo.html
This site provides information on how to go about the name change process, provided by the New York State court website.

TG Guide: How to Change Your State-Issued Identification
http://tgguide.com/transgender-resources/transgender-id-change/
This site, an online resource guide and forum for transgender individuals, provides a state-by-state breakdown of how to change state identification (including New York state).

Transsexual Road Map: NY Birth Certificate Change for Transgender Women
http://www.tsroadmap.com/reality/name/new-york-birth-certificate.html
Transsexual Road Map, an online site with resources for individuals going through transition, describes the process of birth certificate changes for transgender women in New York.

Other Legal Services (By Region)

Capital Region

In Our Own Voices, Inc: Ask a Lawyer Legal Clinic14
http://inourownvoices.org/
Albany: 245 Lark Street
(518) 432-4188
In Our Own Voices, Inc., an organization serving LGBT people of color in the Capital Region, offers free, private, and confidential legal consultations for eligible LGBT individuals on civil issues related to name changes, domestic violence, discrimination, family law, and more.

New York Civil Liberties Union: Capital Region Chapter1
http://www.nyclu.org/regions/capital-region/getting-legal-assistance
Albany: 90 State Street, Suite 518
Fax: (518) 426-9341
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The Capital Region Chapter of the NYCLU works to protect the rights guaranteed by the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights through public education, advocacy, and litigation. Legal assistance is available (to a small percentage of people, due to limited resources) by contacting NYCLU (send written summary of no more than two pages detailing concerns).

Central New York

Jessica McKee, Attorney at Law
Syracuse: 120 E. Washington Street, Suite 527
(315) 426-7849
Assists clients in legal matters relevant to LGBT families and individuals, such as second parent adoption, general family law, same-sex marriage, employee benefits, employment law, and estate planning. Recommended through Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley Online Directory.

Legal Services of Central New York1
Syracuse: 472 South Salina Street, Suite 300B; (315) 703-6500
Utica: 255 Genesee Street, Second Floor; (315) 793-7000
Binghamton: 168 Water Street, Second Floor; (607) 231-5900
Cortland: 111 Port Watson Street; (607) 428-8400
http://www.lscny.org/
Legal Services of Central New York is a non-profit law firm founded in 1996 to provide free, civil legal assistance to low-income families and individuals in thirteen counties of central New York. Many services assist people with basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, safety, and family stability, but LSCNY also assists clients with other cases such as discrimination.

New York Civil Liberties Union: Central New York Chapter1
http://www.nyclu.org/regions/central-new-york/getting-legal-assistance
Syracuse: Central NY Chapter NYCLU, 731 James Street, Suite 205
Fax: (315) 471-1077
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The CNY Chapter of the NYCLU works to protect the rights guaranteed by the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights through public education, advocacy, and litigation. Legal assistance and advice is available (to a small percentage of people, due to limited resources) by contacting the chapter with inquiries: send a written summary of no more than two pages detailing your concern.

Cornell Law School Advocacy for LGBT Communities Clinic1
http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/academics/clinicalprogram/lgbtclinic/Clients.cfm
(607) 255-4196; ude.llenroc|cinilc-tbgl#ude.llenroc|cinilc-tbgl
Cornell Law School Advocacy for LGBT Communities Clinic provides legal assistance to low-income LGBT people residing in Tompkins County and the surrounding counties. To be eligible, you must identify as LGBT, reside in listed counties (see website), and be unable to afford a lawyer to help you. Clinic assists with anti-LGBT discrimination in employment and public places, legal name changes, family law issues including second-parent adoption, domestic violence, and divorce, wills, power of attorney, and other advance planning documents, LGBT Students' rights at school, and immigration, including asylum based on sexual orientation or gender identity and assistance for bi-national couples.

Dennis Laughlin, Esq.
http://www.donovanlaughlin.com/
Tracy's Law Office
Cherry Valley: 77 Alden Street, PO Box 217
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Recommended by SUNY College of Oneonta Transgender Resource Guide.

Charles M. Sprock, Attorney at Law
Syracuse: 100 Clinton Square, Suite 320
Syracuse: 126 N. Salina Street
(315) 477-0100, ext. 16
Charles Sprock is an LGBT friendly and knowledgeable attorney as well as an adjunct professor at the Syracuse University College of Law.

Hudson Valley

Law Offices of James L. Hyer Esq.
http://www.hyerlaw.com/
Ossining: 98 Dale Avenue
White Plains: 399 Knollwood Road
(845) 323-1369
James L. Hyer Esq. actively serves clients in the areas of expert litigation, criminal law, human rights, estate planning, general business, wills, trusts and estates, alternative dispute resolution, real estate, business law, civil litigation, personal injury, defense, administrative law, matrimonial and family law, land use and environmental law. Hyer specializes in LGBT Legal Services, and helped to coordinate the LOFT Legal Clinic.

Kathy Jaffe Mediation
http://jaffemediation.com/
Pomona: 978 Route 45, Suite 107
(845) 362-5047
Kathy Jaffe Mediation Services is a practice dedicated to helping parties resolve disputes in matters concerning: Divorce, Same-Sex Unions, Collaborative Law Mediation, Families, Stepfamilies, Elder Care, Workplace and Community issues. A mediator is a neutral third party who helps facilitate a discussion between disputing parties by guiding them through the negotiation process in a safe, non-adversarial and confidential setting. Legal and psychological information is provided along the way to help the parties customize an agreement which will incorporate their values and address their individual needs.

Law Offices of Christine J. Klein
http://www.christinekleinlaw.com/
Hawthorne: 245 Saw Mill River Road, Suite 106
(914) 449-6749
With over ten years of legal experience, Christine Klein offers clients strong representation in matters related to family law, estate planning and personal injury, including adoption and reproductive law, divorce, visitation rights, child custody, child support, name changes, gender assignment, personal injury, litigation, real estate, will, LGBT family law, estate planning, and elder law.

Jeanne E. Mettler, Criminal Defense Attorney
http://www.columbiacountycriminaldefenseattorneyjeanneemettler.com/
Copake: 1647 Church Street
(518) 329-2006
LGBT-friendly Criminal Defense Attorney, recommended by the LOFT LGBT Business Directory.

Lisa Ayn Padilla, Estates for Life Mates
http://estatesforlifemates.com/lisa_padilla.html
New York City (Main) Office - New York: 61 Broadway, Suite 2125
Tarrytown (by appointment only): 560 White Plains Road, Suite 530
(212) 681-8307
Wills and trusts, probate and tax matters, domestic and family partnership, charitable giving, business planning. Recommended by LOFT LGBT Business Directory.

New York Civil Liberties Union: Lower Hudson Valley Chapter1
http://www.nyclu.org/regions/lower-hudson-valley/getting-legal-assistance 
White Plains: 297 Knollwood Road, Suite 217
Fax: (914) 997-2936
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The Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the NYCLU works to protect the rights guaranteed by the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights through public education, advocacy, and litigation. Legal assistance and advice is available (to a small percentage of people, due to limited resources) by contacting the chapter with inquiries: send a written summary of no more than two pages detailing your concern. 

Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP
http://rosemarklaw.com/
Elmsford: 45 Knollwood Road
(914) 347-1292
Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP is a boutique law firm, concentrating in family law, trusts and estates, elder law, corporate and employment law, employment compensation, retirement planning, retirement planning, residential and commercial real estate transactions and partition actions. Recommended by the LOFT LGBT Business Directory.

Long Island

Long Island GLBT Community Center1
http://www.liglbtcenter.org/
Bay Shore, NY: 34 Park Ave.
(631) 665-2300
Long Island Trans Experience (LITE) offers support services for TGNC people, including Name Change Clinic.

Long Island Monthly Walk-in Legal Clinic (LGBT Bar Association)1
http://le-gal.org/legal-clinics/
Bay Shore: 34 Park Avenue
(631) 665-2300
The LeGaL Foundation (LGBT Bar Association) holds a pro bono clinic on the second Thursday of every month at 7pm at the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth Community Center. The clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys who are able to provide general guidance and legal referrals but not direct legal representation.

Joseph G. Milizio: Attorney at Law
Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP
Lake Success: 3000 Marcus Avenue, Suite 1E9
(516) 437-4385
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http://www.vmmlegal.com/

New York Civil Liberties Union: Nassau County Chapter1
http://www.nyclu.org/regions/nassau-county/getting-legal-assistance
Hempstead: 33 Front Street, Suite 205
(516) 741-8520
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Review guidelines for legal assistance (on website) before contacting the chapter. Contact form available on website.

New York Civil Liberties Union: Suffolk County Chapter1
http://www.nyclu.org/regions/suffolk-county/getting-legal-assistance
Central Islip: 225 Eastview Drive, PA 221
Fax: (631) 650-2337 (include cover sheet)
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Due to limited resources, the Suffolk County Chapter of the NYCLU is only able to take a small percentage of cases requested. Review what kinds of cases are accepted on the website, and contact with inquiries and for more information.

New York City

American Civil Liberties Union: LGBT Project1
http://www.aclu.org/lgbt/
Manhattan: 125 Broad St., 18th Floor (212) 549-2500
Advocacy, impact litigation, and legal services for LGBT people focusing on: LGBT rights, relationships/marriage, parenting, youth & schools, and TGNC discrimination. For assistance regarding discrimination based on LGBT identity or HIV status go to: www.aclu.org/lgbt/.
• Transgender People and the Law Resource Guide: http://www.aclu.org/files/images/asset_upload_file781_33764.pdf

LGBTQ Brooklyn Legal Assistance Project1
http://www.lgbtbrooklyn.org/legal-project
Brooklyn: 4 MetroTech (On Willoughby St between Duffield and Gold St)
Free legal clinic offers visitors 15-20 minute consultations with volunteer attorneys who provide general guidance and legal referrals. More information available (hours, etc.) through website.

New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)1
http://www.nyclu.org/
http://www.nyclu.org/content/getting-legal-assistance
Manhattan: 125 Broad St.
Provides legal services, advocacy, and public education to fight for civil rights.

Betsy Billiard, CRPC: Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor
Ameriprise Financial Services, INC.
New York: 230 Park Ave, Suite 808
(646) 378-4605
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http://www.betsybillard.com

City Bar Justice Center: Refugee Assistance Program
http://www2.nycbar.org/citybarjusticecenter/
Manhattan: 42 W 44th Street
Immigration Intake Line: (212) 382-6710
The Refugee Assistance Project represents individuals who have suffered torture and other forms of persecution in their home countries and who are seeking asylum in the U.S. The project also assists with filing relative petitions and obtaining asylum-related benefits such as employment authorization, refugee travel documents and green cards.

Bernard L. Dikman: Certified Public Accountant
New York: 156 5th Avenue, Suite 500
(212) 929-4299
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HIV Law Project12
http://www.hivlawproject.org/
Manhattan: 15 Maiden Lane, 18th Fl.
(212) 577.3001
Serves HIV+ Bronx and Manhattan residents with housing, immigration, benefits, and healthcare.

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund1
http://www.lambdalegal.org/
Manhattan: 120 Wall St., Ste 1500
(212) 209-8585
Serves LGBT and HIV+ people through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

Legal-Aid Society1
http://www.legal-aid.org/
Manhattan: 199 Water St.
(212) 577-3300
Provides Civil and Criminal legal services to low-income New Yorkers. Projects include:
Community Law Office: (212) 426-3000
Employment Law Project: (888) 218-6974
Health Law Project: (212) 577-3575
HIV/AIDS Representation Project of the Harlem
Homeless Rights Project: (800) 649-9125
Immigration Law Detention Hotline: (212) 577-3456
Low-Income Taxpayers Clinic: (212) 426-3013
Prisoners Rights Project: (212) 577-3530 or write to
Prisoners’ Rights Project / The Legal Aid Society / 199 Water St. / New York, NY 10038

Legal Services of New Jersey1
http://www.lsnj.org
Web Intake: https://lsnjlawhotline.org/
(888) 576-5229
Provides legal assistance on civil matter to low-income New Jersey residents. Offers guidance on name changes on the telephone (but does not represent clients for the name change process). Experience with TGNC people.

LGBT Law Association of Greater New York1
http://www.le-gal.org/site/
Manhattan: 799 Broadway, #340 (212) 353-9118
Resource center, lawyer assistance program, LGBT Life Planning, Legal Walk-In Clinics on Long Island.

LGBT Law Project at NY Legal Assistance Group1
http://www.nylag.org/units/lgbt-law-project/
Manhattan: 7 Hanover Square, 18th Floor
(212) 613-5000 ext. 5107
Free representation regarding: discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity; Landlord/Tenant disputes; Legal name and document change; Immigration Issues; Orders of Protection; Public Benefits; Second Parent or Joint Adoption; Relationship dissolution; Custody and Visitation; Will, Health Care Proxy and Living Will Preparation.

New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA)
New York: 24 W 25th Street, 9th Floor
(212) 675-3288, ext. 338
http://nyagra.com/
NYAGRA is an organization that advocates for the freedom of gender identity and expression for all. The organization has a legislative work group that does a number of advocacy projects, including the Transgender Health Initiative of New York, passing GENDA (Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act), and safe schools legislation.

Lisa Ayn Padilla, Estates for Life Mates
http://estatesforlifemates.com/lisa_padilla.html
New York City (Main) Office - New York: 61 Broadway, Suite 2125
Tarrytown (by appointment only): 560 White Plains Road, Suite 530
(212) 681-8307
Wills and trusts, probate and tax matters, domestic and family partnership, charitable giving, business planning. Recommended by LOFT LGBT Business Directory.

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York1
http://www.plsny.org/
Ithaca, NY: 114 Prospect St. Ithaca, NY 14850 Free legal services for NYS prisoners. Submit inquiries via mail.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN)1
http://www.sldn.org/
Washington DC: PO Box 65301, Washington DC 20035
(202) 328-3244 or (202) 328-FAIR
Legal services, watchdog, and policy work that supports LGB and TGNC servicemembers and is dedicated to full equality and ending discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Free legal services to active service members and veterans.
• Freedom to Serve: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Military Service: www.sldn.org/pages/guide-to-open-service

Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)124
http://srlp.org/our-services/legal-services/
Manhattan: 147 W 24th St, 5th Floor
(212) 337-8550
Provides free legal services to TGNC people of color and low-income TGNC people in the following three main areas: survival and self-determination project (including name changes, assistance obtaining and updating ID documents, health care advocacy, and criminal history/fingerprinting); immigrant rights project (name changes, assistance with immigration documents, adjustment of status, naturalization, removal defense, and asylum); and the prisoner rights project (name changes, assistance getting trans-affirming health care, assistance with safety issues, advocacy for gender-affirming placement and conditions, re-entry assistance, and fingerprinting and criminal history check). If you need legal assistance but cannot be represented under one of these three areas, SRLP can provide referrals and information on a wide range of issues affecting transgender and gender non-conforming people.

Transgender Law and Policy Fund
http://www.transgenderlaw.org/
Brooklyn: 328 Flatbush Ave., Box 312
Advocates for TGNC people and brings together experts and advocates to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF)1
http://www.transgenderlegal.org/work_index.php
Manhattan: 151 West 19th St., Suite 1103 (646) 862-9396
Addresses discrimination against TGNC people through impact litigation and advocacy. Some of their work includes an access to health care program, a fair employment project, an educational equity program, a housing and shelter project, work with sex-segregated facilities, the name change project, and the transgender health initiative of New York, among other projects.

Urban Justice Center1
http://www.urbanjustice.org/
Manhattan: 123 William St. 16th Floor
(646) 602-5600
Provides direct legal service, advocacy, community education and political organizing to NYC’s most vulnerable residents.

Peter Cicchino Youth Project1
http://www.urbanjustice.org/ujc/projects/peter.html
Free legal services for LGBT young people; drop in clinics at Ali Forney, Streetwork Project, and Hetrick Martin Institute

Sex Workers Law Project1
http://www.urbanjustice.org/ujc/projects/sex.html
(646) 602-5617
Free legal services for sex workers, former sex workers, and those that are profiled or at risk for engaging in sex work, including victims of human trafficking.

North Country

Western New York

Bernadette Hoppe, Attorney at Law
Buffalo: 137 Summer Street
(716) 228-7260
Mrs. Hoppe is recommended as a transgender welcoming and knowledgeable lawyer on Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley Online Directory.

Empire Justice Center, LGBT Rights Project
Telesca Center for Justice
One West Main Street, Suite 200
Rochester, NY
http://www.empirejustice.org/issue-areas/lgbt-rights-project/
Phone: (585) 454-4060
Fax: (585) 454-4019
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The LGBT Rights Project at Empire Justice Center provides free legal services to low-income LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) clients in Western and Central New York, with a focus on anti-discrimination and immigration cases. Attorney Julia Sáenz also may assist transgender and gender nonconforming clients in filing for a judicial name change if she is also representing those clients in other matters. If you are LGBT and feel you were discriminated against because of your sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression: at work, school or in a public place, such as a restaurant, hotel, by a health care provider, store, or park, by a landlord, property manager, or housing authority OR If you are an LGBT immigrant seeking asylum or adjustment of status please contact Julia at the number or email listed here.

New York Civil Liberties Union: Genesee Valley Chapter1
http://www.nyclu.org/regions/genesee-valley/getting-legal-assistance-0
Rochester: 121 North Fitzhugh Street
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(585) 454-4334 (Call during business hours, Monday-Thursday)
The Genesee Valley chapter of the NYCLU works to protect the rights guaranteed by the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights through public education, advocacy, and litigation. Legal assistance and advice is available (to a small percentage of people, due to limited resources) by contacting the chapter with inquiries: send a written summary of no more than two pages detailing your concern.

New York Civil Liberties Union: Western Region Chapter1
http://www.nyclu.org/regions/western-region/getting-legal-assistance
Buffalo: 712 Main Street
Fax: (716) 362-0619
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The Western Region chapter of the NYCLU works to protect the rights guaranteed by the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights through public education, advocacy, and litigation. Legal assistance and advice is available (to a small percentage of people, due to limited resources) by contacting the chapter with inquiries: send a written summary of no more than two pages detailing your concern.

Lillian Medina (Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc.)1
Buffalo: 237 Main Street, Suite 1000
(716) 847-0662, ext. 319
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http://www.ecbavlp.com/
The Volunteer Lawyer Project's dual mission is to: (1) provide quality free civil legal services for low income people and smaller not for profit groups; and (2) to effectively involve volunteers in the delivery of those services. Ms. Medina has been recommended as a transgender friendly and knowledgeable lawyer through Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley Online Directory.

Sheri Jo Reich, Attorney at Law
Buffalo: 137 Summer Street
(716) 883-2889
Recommended as transgender knowledgeable and welcoming lawyer through the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley Online Directory.

New York State (By Complaint Area)

Complaints: Discrimination

Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, NY District Office
http://www.eeoc.gov/
Manhattan: 33 Whitehall St.
(800) 669-4000 / TTY (800) 669-6820
(212) 336-3620
Call to file complaints regarding employment discrimination under federal law. Intake hours are Monday-Friday, from 9:00am to 3:00 pm.

NYC Commission on Human Rights
http://www.nyc.gov/html/cchr/
311 or (212) 306-7450
Call to file NYC human rights violations and discrimination complaints. NYC’s Anti-Discrimination law includes protections for people based on gender identity and sexual orientation as well as race, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, military status, domestic/intimate partner violence victim status, arrest or conviction record, or genetic characteristics.

NYS Division of Human Rights
http://www.dhr.state.ny.us/
Bronx: One Fordham Plaza, 4th Floor
(718) 741-8400 / TDD: (718) 741-8300
Files NY State discrimination claims based on: race, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, military status, domestic/intimate partner violence victim status, arrest or conviction record, or genetic characteristics.

Complaints: Lawyers/Attorneys Grievances

NYS Attorney Grievance Committees (by county)
http://nycourts.gov/ip/attorneygrievance/complaints.shtml
Takes complaints about unethical conduct by attorneys.

Bronx and Manhattan: 61 Broadway, 2nd Floor Manhattan (212) 401-0800
Brooklyn, Queens & Staten Island: 335 Adams St., Suite 2400 Brooklyn (718) 923-6300
Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties: White Plains, NY: 399 Knollwood Road, Suite 200 (914) 824-5070
Nassau and Suffolk Counties: Hauppauge, NY : 150 Motor Parkway, Suite 102 (631) 231-3775

Complaints: Licensed Providers

NYS Office of Professional Discipline
http://www.op.nysed.gov/opd/
http://www.op.nysed.gov/opd/complain.htm
(800) 442-8106 / Fax: (212) 951-6420
File complaints about unethical practice by licensed providers: acupuncturists, massage therapists, therapists, social workers, pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists, nurses, midwives, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and more.

Complaints about MDs go to the Office of Professional Medical Conduct:

Office of Professional Medical Conduct
http://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/doctors/conduct/
Complaints: (800) 663-6114, Main: (518) 402-0836
433 River St., Suite 303, Troy
File complaints about unethical practice by licensed medical providers including: general practitioners, internists, cardiologists, gynecologists, pediatricians, urologists, psychiatrists, surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, anesthesiologists, ophthalmologists, orthopedists, and other specialists.

Complaints: NYPD/Police Misconduct

Civilian Complaint Review Board
http://www.nyc.gov/html/ccrb/html/contact.html
Manhattan: 40 Rector St., 2nd Floor (212) 306-7450
Accepts complaints about NYPD misconduct by the mail, phone, or internet.

NYPD—GLBT Liaison Unit
Manhattan: One Police Plaza, Room 308
(646) 610-6017
NYPD Liaison to the LGBT Community.

National Legal Resources

GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders)
Waltham, MA: 30 Winter Street, Suite 800
(617) 426-1350
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http://www.glad.org/
GLAD is a leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression, working in New England and nationally. Major initiatives include AIDS Law Project, Civil Rights Project, DOMA Section 3 Challenge, Transgender Rights Project and Youth Initiative.

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
http://www.nclrights.org/site/PageServer?pagename=legal_getHelp
The National Center for Lesbian Rights has a number of publications and downloads about a number of LGBTQ issues, including transgender rights, that are available on their website. Also available is the site's Legal Information Helpline, where individuals can submit an online form or call in with questions about legal rights for LGBTQ people. NCLR also has information and resources for lawyers.

National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
Washington, D.C: 1325 Massachusetts Avenue
(202) 903-0112
http://transequality.org/
The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration, and empowerment. NCTE provides a number of legal resources, including research and reports, legal advocacy, and ways to take action for transgender rights.

The Transadvocate
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http://www.transadvocate.com/
The Transadvocate is a site created by Marti Abernathey, a podcaster, activist, and radiologic technologist based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Transadvocate aims to give voice for transgender advocates in the blogosphere. The site contains writing and information by and from a number of transgender advocates across the world, as well as videos and other resources about transgender legal rights and advocacy.

Transgender Law Center (TLC)
San Francisco, CA: 870 Market Street, Room 823
(415) 865-0176
http://transgenderlawcenter.org/
Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. TLC utilizes direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and educational opportunities to advance the rights and safety of diverse transgender communities.
• Some Courtroom Concerns of the Transgender Community: http://www.transgenderlaw.org/resources/courtroomconcerns.pdf

Transgender Law and Policy Institute (TLPI)
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http://www.transgenderlaw.org/
The Transgender Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people. The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

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