Helping People Rebuild Their Lives With Dignity


Founded in 1973 by Arthur Liman, the Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

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For over four decades, LAC has worked to combat the stigma and prejudice that keeps people with criminal records, HIV/AIDS, and substance use disorders out of the mainstream of society. LAC is committed to helping people reclaim their lives, maintain their dignity, and participate fully in society as productive, responsible citizens.

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Client Stories

Read about the work LAC does through the stories of the clients we serve.

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Board of Directors

Led by a passionate and influential group of leaders, the Legal Action Center’s Board of Directors collectively drives our ambitious agenda and guides the agency to not only continue, but expand its critical work.

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LAC has more than 25 staff members in two offices in New York City and Washington, D.C.

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View the latest jobs, fellowships and internships available at LAC.

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Arthur Liman Policy Research Institute

The Arthur Liman Policy Institute conducts cutting-edge public policy research.

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