AIDS Legal Council of Chicago uses the power of the law to secure health, dignity, and stability for people with HIV and their families. The Council provides immediate, direct legal services to people in need, educates the public about HIV-related legal issues, and advocates for social policies that ensure fair treatment for all people affected by HIV/AIDS.
ALCC was founded in 1987 by attorney James Monroe Smith and a group of dedicated volunteers as a response to the lack of legal services available to people with HIV who were experiencing the stigma and discrimination that was so rampant during the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Since then our programs have evolved as the nature of the epidemic has changed so that today ALCC is one of the premiere organizations of its kind and a national leader in HIV direct services, education, and advocacy.
Throughout ALCC's existence, the Council has delivered free legal services to thousands of people from every neighborhood in Chicago, every community in Cook County, and many places around Illinois, helped draft important legislation, testified before various legislative bodies, and trained thousands of service providers across the state. In just the last 10 years, the Council's caseload has more than doubled. This past year alone, our legal staff of just 7 assisted nearly 900 clients in over 1400 cases.
While the agency may have "grown up" from those early days in Jim Smith's living room, it has refused to give up its grassroots approach to service delivery. The Council responds immediately to calls for help. ALCC has never needed to put clients on a waiting list. If you have questions or need assistance, please call us at 312-427-8990 or visit www.aidslegal.com.