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Programs

Bridges Direct Legal Services

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We provide quality legal services to vulnerable populations in Florida. Approximately 10-15% of those we serve are at no cost. We call this, the community supporting the community. Our pro bono no cost legal services are prioritized for victims of domestic violence, those unemployed or with a financial hardship, children under 18, those who are homeless, retired, disabled or who are veterans. 

Legal Fellows/Scholarship Program

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We have fellowship positions where we can encourage a career and heart for community lawyering. While serving the community, learning about the legal field, students are exposed to the challenges, realities and emotional nature of some issues that the communities we serve are dealing with.  If you are interested, apply now.  

 

We have also started a scholarship program which seeks to provide a monetary award to students who are first or second generation immigrants.   

Children's Legal Services Program

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Our Children's Legal Services Program focuses on providing Know Your Rights presentations and legal screenings as well as legal representation to children who are in immigration detention or who have recently been released from detention. Our goal is to ensure that children in Central Florida receive universal representation in immigration court. No child should be unrepresented in a deportation hearing.

Education/Community Outreach

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As part of this program, through a grant from the Mayor of the City of Orlando and Hispanic Federation, we host Free legal orientations for immigrants and legal assistance the first Friday of every Month.  We also host community clinics and educational seminars to help immigrants understand their rights and learn about changes in laws at the state and federal level.  OCJ advocates on behalf of the communities we serve for a more welcoming Florida, fair access to our justice system and to help achieve family economic stability.

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