Legal Voice pursues justice for all women and LGBTQ people in the Northwest, through groundbreaking litigation, legislative advocacy, and legal rights education.
A world in which all women and LGBTQ people enjoy economic, social, and legal equality.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that all women and LGBTQ people should be able to live their lives with dignity, safety, and autonomy. To this end, we work in the Northwest's courtrooms, legislatures, and communities, creating and enforcing strong, equitable laws and empowering people to know their rights.
We are guided by these values:
Progressive Change: We value meaningful, strategic advances in law and policy that promote women’s rights and social justice.
Respect for People of All Genders: We understand that gender is not binary, and that all women, transgender people, and gender non-conforming people are entitled to live with dignity and to be treated with respect. We fight for their rights and equality.
Creativity: We value the ability and agility to attack injustice using diverse approaches and strategies.
Courage: We value and honor the risks our clients take when they defend and assert their rights; we are fierce and bold advocates alongside them.
Partnership: We value collaboration, and recognize that respectful partnership with Northwest communities and national allies is essential to achieving our vision.
Inclusion: We recognize that the legal system has harmed people who are marginalized by race, class, immigration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, youth, and other statuses. We strive to ensure that the people most affected by injustices have a voice finding the solutions.
Respect in the Workplace: We value the individuals in our workplace, and honor their commitment to social justice work as well as to their personal lives and families. We strive to make our workplace inclusive, supportive, and reflective of the social change we seek.
WHAT WE DO
When laws or systems oppress women and LGBTQ people, we start the hard work of tearing them down—one policy and one lawsuit at a time. Together, we move from injustice to equality.
Identify: We learn from our clients, allies, partners, and community members about practices and laws that stand in the way of equality.
Act: In collaboration with our community, we analyze the issues and decide the best path forward. Our solutions include a combination of:
- Lawsuits: We bring cases that change the law or the way a law is interpreted, creating an impact for others in the community.
Advocacy: We draft and advocate for policies that improve the lives of women and LGBTQ people, and defend against bills that will roll back the progress we've made.
Education: We educate communities about their rights through community forums, collaborations, and free know-your-rights materials.
Assess: We seek input from affected communities to ensure the solution resulted in meaningful change, and hold accountable those in positions of power who violate the new laws or policies.
We all have a role in making gender equity a reality. You can advance and protect the rights of women and LGBTQ people in the Northwest by: