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Amara recruits pro bono attorneys and other volunteers from various backgrounds.
Amara Legal Center provides free legal services
to individuals whose rights have been violated while involved in commercial sex.

Amara is the only organization in the D.C. area dedicated solely to serving the legal needs of survivors of sex trafficking and to sex workers.

Amara fights tirelessly for the dignity of our clients.

We partner with local organizations by giving and receiving referrals

to ensure that each client has access to both legal and social services.


Free legal services are the heart of Amara’s work.
Please click here to learn about our work.

Civil Protection Orders

Child Custody


Criminal Defense

Name Change

Victim-Witness Advocacy

Expungement of Criminal Records

What our clients say:

  • "Amara has been amazing. They were so pleasant, compassionate, and helpful. They were always patient and supportive of what I wanted to do, not just wanting to reduce their paperwork."

  • "If your legal situations are not taken care of, it’s hard to go forward. They took care of my name change and my criminal record. The trafficker won’t find me when he gets out of jail."

  • "I feel safer. When I think about my life as a whole, I got a new start. My life is completely changed. Things I didn’t ever think would happen. I wouldn’t have been able to work with children. I have hope. I know how far I can go."

Do you or someone you know need legal help?


Lily’s Story

Like many survivors of sex trafficking who were born in the U.S., Lily* had an unstable and abusive childhood. At the age of 15, she was abandoned by her family completely to live on the streets. Not long after she became homeless, a man approached her and offered a safe place to live and the opportunity to earn money. After she decided to trust him, this man began to sell her for sex multiple times a night against her will. Learn More…

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