The Hotline connects the community to attorneys in a way that people who do not have that economic advantage in life can assert their rights.
What people are saying about FDLA
Hotline lawyers, and law students in some instances, are willing to get up in the middle of the night and go to police stations to help people assert their rights. It’s really about equality for People of Color and poor people.
Randolph StoneFounder and Clinical Professor, University of Chicago Law School
I got stopped by my house and invoked my rights. I said I do not consent to searches. They searched me anyways and found a mountain of First Defense cards. They let me go.
Miguel RodriguezArtist Educator and Restorative Justice
I’m a social worker and this Hotline has been crucial for myself and my mentees. First Defense lawyers taught me is that the only way to out think police, because you can’t out talk them, is to say “I want my lawyer” and wait until First Defense gets there.
Max CerdaSocial Worker
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The FDLA Police Custody Hotline and Street Law programs keep our staff and volunteers working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Select a subscription level below and become a FDLA Partner in Justice: you give $7, $24, or $52 a month for a year, and FDLA staff and volunteers will continue to fight non-stop to defend the rights of people in Chicago Police custody and to develop hope, skills, and knowledge throughout Chicago neighborhoods that empowers people to invoke their rights and protect themselves.
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FDLA would like to recognizes the support of the following individuals and organizations for contributions of $500- $50,000. We are proud of, and fortified by, being majority funded by individual donations. THANK YOU!
After School Matters
the Albert Pick, Jr. Fund
the Chicago Bar Foundation
the Chicago Community Trust
the Crown & Goodman Families
the Field Foundation of Illinois
Leonard C. Goodman
the Alphawood Foundation
Loevy & Loevy
Jenner & Block LLP
Justice Advisory Counsel of Cook County
Polk Bros. Foundation
the Woods Fund
the Crossroads Fund
the Montgomery Foundation
Tim & Alix Walker
the People’s Law Office
Schwab Charitable Fund
AFSCME Local 3315
Hugh Mundy & Family
Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym, LTD.
the John Marshall Law School
Karen Daniel & Alan Goldberg
Rob & Nicole Blazejowski
Friends and Family of Carey Crimmins
Seán Patrick MacCarthy
Timothy P. O’Neill & Jane Rutherford
Tucker Ellis LLP