EFF Offering Assistance with Attorney Referrals for Protesters

By Haley Pederson

In light of the current protests across the country against racism and police brutality, we want to call attention to EFF’s attorney referral services. We are opening up our Cooperating Attorneys list to people facing legal troubles as a result of their participation in the ongoing demonstrations, especially those involving surveillance or devices such as phones. We urge anyone in such a position to contact us for help in finding representation.

Our referral list is comprised of hundreds of lawyers from around the nation who share an interest in our issues. Like EFF, the attorneys on this list focus on issues where technology and the law intersect, so we especially encourage those whose arrests involved digital rights issues to contact us. For instance, if you believe your phone’s contents were accessed and stored after arrest, or if you are a journalist being compelled to share your footage with law enforcement, we want to hear from you.

Protesters and reporters in need of legal assistance in relation to their protesting activities should reach out to us at [email protected]. We treat requests that come in to us as confidential, and always protect the identities and information of those that come to us for legal assistance.

Again, there are attorneys from around the country on the list, so we accept requests for assistance from anywhere in the US. We cannot guarantee that we can find you pro bono representation, so we still encourage those in need to seek representation through all avenues available to them. However, many of the attorneys on the list are very interested in helping, and we will certainly do our best to find you pro bono assistance.

If you are an attorney that wants to join this list, we want to hear from you, too! Send us an email at  [email protected] and we’ll get you added.

EFF stands with communities taking to the streets and exercising their First Amendment rights to protest police brutality and racism. We are glad to offer this referral service during this critical moment.

Please also note that EFF’s Intake Department is open Monday through Thursday 9am to 5pm, but we will do our best to process your request as quickly as possible.

Source: EFF

As the Intake Coordinator here at EFF, Haley is the first point of contact for legal assistance and general information about EFF for the public. Prior to EFF, she served as a researcher in Thailand on projects to amplify the voices of marginalized women in international climate negotiations and to enhance the human rights obligations of transnational corporations. She then returned to the U.S. to work for local and national organizations doing things like learning about the importance of accessible legal aid in combating poverty, writing about developments in human rights law, and researching the military industrial congressional complex in support of a weapons divestment campaign. She’s also a big fan of live music, good food, other people’s dogs, traveling far and wide around the planet, and writing fiction (that at least her older sister thinks is very good).

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