We seek justice for people who struggle with poverty and oppression. We do this through compassionate civil legal representation in a way that affirms their dignity and strengthens their capacity to positively direct their own lives.
To live out God’s call to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our neighbors. We offer our services to all individuals, no matter their immigration status, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender.
Co-founders, Steve Thompson and Sulma Mendoza, opened JAMLAC’s doors in 2006 in response to a deep desire to fight injustice that those struggling with poverty face. JAMLAC began in a converted hotel room at Joshua Station and served 96 clients the first year. Now, in a much bigger space, we have 16 staff members and help 2,000 people annual.
We are a faith-based legal aid organization called to live out God’s call to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our neighbors.
Because 86 percent of our clients are survivors of violent crimes, we partner with other local service organizations to provide our clients with access to the holistic support and care they need to move forward with dignity.
Our team of attorneys, paralegals and administrators are committed to bridging the gap between our clients and the justice they seek.
Lead Servant and Senior Attorney
Associate Director and Family Law Attorney
Director of Development
Communications Manager & Development Officer
Family Law Attorney & Office Manager
Family Law Attorney
Immigration Paralegal & Workshop Coordinator
Pro Bono Director
“if only I had an opportunity.” Many people who live in poverty feel the same way. They too, have dreams, they too have many incredible qualities, and they too have the potential to succeed, “if only they had a chance.”
“When DACA arrived, I was able to get a social security number and a permit to work! This changed my life."
"He punched me in the face while my daughter was present, fighting with me right in the middle of us. That night, something or someone from above gave me the strength to seek help.”