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Legal Action Center of the City of New York, Inc. (LAC)

Who We Are

The Legal Action Center (LAC) performs impact litigation and provides legal services to HIV-positive people, persons with histories of alcohol and/or drug dependency, and persons with criminal records. LAC's impact litigation focuses on issues involving discrimination and privacy.

Who We Serve

  • Albany County
  • Allegany County
  • Bronx County
  • Broome County
  • Cattaraugus County
  • Cayuga County
  • Chautauqua County
  • Chemung County
  • Chenango County
  • Clinton County
  • Columbia County
  • Cortland County
  • Delaware County
  • Dutchess County
  • Erie County
  • Essex County
  • Franklin County
  • Fulton County
  • Genesee County
  • Greene County
  • Hamilton County
  • Herkimer County
  • Jefferson County
  • Kings (Brooklyn) County
  • Lewis County
  • Livingston County
  • Madison County
  • Monroe County
  • Montgomery County
  • Nassau County
  • New York (Manhattan) County
  • New York City (all 5 NYC boroughs)
  • Niagara County
  • Oneida County
  • Ontario County
  • Orange County
  • Orleans County
  • Oswego County
  • Otsego County
  • Putnam County
  • Queens County
  • Rensselaer County
  • Richmond (Staten Island) County
  • Rockland County
  • Saint Lawrence County
  • Saratoga County
  • Schenectady County
  • Schoharie County
  • Schuyler County
  • Seneca County
  • Steuben County
  • Suffolk County
  • Sullivan County
  • Tioga County
  • Tompkins County
  • Ulster County
  • Warren County
  • Washington County
  • Wayne County
  • Westchester County
  • Wyoming County
  • Yates County
Language(s) Spoken
  • Spanish / Español
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Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Full Legal Representation
  • Brief Advice
  • Self-Help Materials
Description of Services

referrals to other organizations

How to Get Help

You can contact this organization by:

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Phone Number
(212) 243-1313

Have all the documents related to the legal problem on hand when you call.

Waiting List

If you are calling about a criminal record, you may be told to call back on a specific date because we get far more calls than we can handle.

If you have HIV or an alcohol or drug problem, tell the receptionist; you may get help more quickly, as we have special funding to deal with those calls.


We currently cannot serve walk-ins.

The Legal Action Center helps individuals prevent and overcome job, housing, and other discrimination due to a criminal record or substance abuse history and/or HIV/AIDS. The Center provides help on HIV testing and privacy issues and also helps individuals with criminal records get and clean up their rap sheets and get certificates of rehabilitation. For help, call and ask to speak with a paralegal.

General Contact Information

Legal Action Center of the City of New York, Inc. (LAC)
225 Varick St. (map)
4th Floor
Manhattan, NY 10014
(212) 243-1313
Toll Free
(212) 675-0286
Read this in:
Spanish / Español
Last Review and Update: Nov 09, 2019

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