These organizations provide assistance, support, information and advocacy to individuals and providers involved in probation services in your area. To find local, state and national organizations focusing on criminal justice, please browse the list below. You also can search our nationwide database of support groups below.

Central California Legal Services
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Provides free legal assistance to low income families and individuals in the San Joaquin Valley.

Merced County District Attorney
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Works with every component of the criminal justice system and the community to protect the innocent, to convict and appropriately punish the guilty, and to protect the rights of victims and witnesses.

    Victim/Witness Assistance Office
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    For more than a decade, the Victim/Witness Assistance Program has been providing essential services to victims and witnesses of crime throughout the County. Their purpose is to ensure that victims and witnesses of criminal offenses will receive fair and compassionate treatment throughout the judicial process.

Merced County Public Defender
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Seeks to provide effective advocacy for the accused. All of our clients are treated in a way that recognizes their fundamental dignity and humanity, attributes that survive all accusations and judgments.

Western Center on Law and Poverty
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Advances and enforces the rights of low-income Californians in health, housing and public assistance by working statewide for systemic change.

American Bar Association
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With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.

    Center on Children and the Law
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    From modest origins as a small legal resource center focusing exclusively on child abuse and neglect issues, the Center has grown into a full-service technical assistance, training, and research program addressing a broad spectrum of law and court-related topics affecting children.

    Commission on Domestic Violence
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    Provides individualized support to attorneys representing victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking that includes research assistance, sample practice tools, model pleadings, and access to experts in the field. Commission members, Liaisons and Commission staff include national experts in many areas of domestic violence and the law.

    Commission on Law and Aging
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    Works to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of elders. It carries out this mission through research, policy development, technical assistance, advocacy, education, and training.

National Crime Victim Bar Association
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Provides technical support to attorneys representing crime victims in civil actions, refers crime victims to lawyers in their local area, and works to increase general awareness about the availability of civil remedies for victims of crime.

National Crime Victim Law Institute
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A non-profit research and educational organization at Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon. NCVLI is the only national organization in the country working to assert victims’ rights in criminal trial courts.

National Legal Aid and Defender Association
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NLADA is the nation's leading advocate for front-line attorneys and other equal justice professionals – those who make a difference in the lives of low-income clients and their families and communities.

Network Of Victims Assistance
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Works to advance victims' rights through public policy efforts on the federal, state, and local levels. Through the promotion of education and awareness about the rights and needs of crime victims, the organization works to improve services for victims to assist in their emotional, financial, and physical recovery.

Recovery International
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Uses the cognitive-behavioral, peer-to-peer, self-help training system developed by Abraham Low, MD, to help individuals gain skills to lead more peaceful and productive lives.

 
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