Legal Voice is a progressive feminist organization using the power of the law to make change for women and girls in the Northwest. We use ground-breaking litigation, legislative advocacy, and community education to dismantle sexism and oppression, specifically advocating for our region's most marginalized communities: women of color, lesbians, transgender & gender-nonconforming people, immigrants, people with disabilities, low-income women, and others affected by gender oppression and injustice.
907 Pine St Ste 500
Seattle, WA 98101-1818
Making Change In the Courts
Legal Voice brings cases to in Washington, as well as Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon. We use these cases to change the law or the way a law is interpreted in the courtroom.
We recently won protection for Maresa after the court refused to include her ex-partner's abuse in the parenting plan for their children. The judge verbally acknowledged the father's history of domestic violence but refused to include it in the court documents, claiming that it would "dog" and "haunt" him-that it would "follow him around like some ghost."
We represented Maresa in her appeal, arguing that by refusing to include the abuse in court documents, the court disregarded a critical protection created by Washington law and left Maresa and her children at risk of further abuse. The judges agreed, demanding a new parenting plan that granted Maresa and her daughters the protection they needed.
Ensuring Just Laws
Legal Voice drafts, analyzes, and advocates for bills impacting women and their families in Washington, and provides legal assistance and model legislation to advocates in the region.
In the 2018 Washington Legislative Session, we successfully advocated for many progressive policies, including bills that make bold strides to end the gender wage gap, strengthen employment protections for domestic violence survivors, and increase access to contraception.
Legal Voice educates communities about pressing legal issues through community forums, collaborations, and self help materials. We recently released the second edition of our highly praised "Handbook for Washington Seniors," a first-of-its-kind reference guide detailing the legal issues facing Washington seniors. A unique focus of the Handbook is our integration of issues and resources of special importance to rural, disabled, immigrant, and LGBTQ seniors throughout the state.