Legal Hope has Closed
Services Moved to Sexual Violence Law Center
A Letter from our Executive Director & Board
After over three years of joyful and meaningful work to further the mission of legal assistance to survivors of sex trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault, I am writing to share that Legal Hope (formerly The Wave Foundation) will be closing its doors permanently in August 2022. Though bittersweet, this transition is for the best. We are incredibly excited to share that the services we have provided will continue through the Sexual Violence Law Center (SVLC).
Thanks to your support, Legal Hope has been honored to support our survivor community, in collaboration with K&L Gates, Perkins Coie, Davis Wright Tremaine, Microsoft and so many more of our pro bono partners. At Legal Hope, we have been able to connect survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking to pro bono attorneys so that they could get their criminal records cleared, their privacy and rights protected, and stay safe from abusers through domestic violence protection orders. Over the years, we have also trained over 700 attorneys on providing pro bono representation to survivors and recruited over 2,000 pro bono hours donated to helping survivors.
We know that our work will be honored with continued passion and advocacy at the Sexual Violence Law Center. Since 2008, attorneys at the Sexual Violence Law Center have been protecting the privacy, safety, and civil rights of survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. SVLC provides free holistic legal services throughout Washington, assisting and representing survivors in all the legal areas impacting a survivor’s life – protection order, privacy, housing, immigration, employment, Title IX, vacatur, criminal, and more. Through SVLC’s pro bono program, our pro bono attorneys will continue receiving support, training, and mentorship as they provide legal assistance to survivors. SVLC has been recognized for their innovative holistic model and is best positioned to continue assisting our clients.
We have been so fortunate to have your support. As Legal Hope closes its door, we ask you to continue your generous support of survivors through SVLC’s work. You can learn more about SVLC by visiting their website at www.svlawcenter.org.
Ariana Orford, Executive Director, and the Legal Hope Board