LGBTQ+ Legal Access Project
Free Legal Services for LGBTQ+ Survivors of Violence
We Are Here to Help
Need Free and Confidential Legal Help?
Call toll free or text our helpline: 1-877-545-7270
or email: Safe2BU@nmlegalaid.org
Online Applications: Click to apply online
Click here for a copy of the Safe2BU Brochure
CAUTION! Please call or email the helpline only from a phone or an email address that is safe and private. Do not use a phone or an email account that anyone other than you or a trusted friend may have access to. If you are in immediate danger or require emergency response, call 911 before calling us.
Safe To Be You! project partners have joined together to make sure LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking can access civil legal assistance wherever they are in New Mexico. Project staff are dedicated to providing free civil legal services – legal advice, referrals and/or full attorney representation in court – to address the broad range of legal needs within the LGBTQ+ community.
All communications are free and confidential. A lawyer can help you understand your options. Reaching out to our program does not mean you will have to go to court or take any other action you do not want to take. But whether or not you decide to pursue a case in court, our attorneys can help you know more about your rights and choices so you can make informed decisions. The choices are always yours to make. We can help you with a wide range of legal problems, including housing, access to healthcare, education and employment issues, family law, civil rights and many more.
Legal Services and Referrals Offered to LGBTQ+ Survivors of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking:
What can we do for you? We may be able to help you with:
- Protection and restraining orders in state or tribal court
- Eviction, housing and foreclosure
- TANF, food stamps (SNAP), SSI and other public benefits
- Loans, credit problems, financial counseling, consumer Relief
- Health care access: Medicare and Medicaid
- Employment problems
- Family law – marriage / divorce, custody, parentage, emancipation
- Civil rights
- Access to trauma counseling
- Relationship recognition
- Problems with schools
- Name changes and legal issues with gender transitioning
New Mexico Legal Aid provides free civil legal assistance to victims of violence, sexual assault and stalking without regard to income or citizenship status. New Mexico Legal Aid’s services are available throughout the state, including in tribal communities.
To find the office location nearest you, visit the NewMexicoLegalAid.org About Us section of this web site.
The Safe To Be You! LGBTQ+ Legal Access Project is a partnership and project of:
This Project is supported by Grant No. 2017-WL-AX-0048 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author/s and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women.