We see advocacy within the criminal legal system as a harm reduction approach to support and empowerment

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We provide free, zealous, life-affirming, and gender-affirming holistic criminal legal services to low-income and street based transgender and gender non-conforming people targeted by the criminal legal system.

TJLP takes referrals from organizations or through word of mouth. If you would like more information about our legal services or how to contact our project attorney, please email us at info@tjlp.org.


During the Name Change Mobilization attorneys and trained volunteers assist transgender and gender non-conforming folks file petitions to change their names legally at the Daley Center in downtown Chicago. Volunteers provide follow-up support services by accompanying folks to their court dates and helping them navigate the subsequent name change processes at the Department of Motor Vehicles, Social Security Office, Department of Vital Records, etc.

Our goal is simple: we want to help as many people as possible legally change their names as part of our long-term goal of gender self-determination for all, free of government limitation.