ADWLE Legal Aid Clinics

ADWLE operates 2 legal aid clinics that provide free legal counselling and assistance in the fields of gender-based violence, discrimination against women or children, sexual harassment, family law, and human trafficking. ADWLE’s legal aid clinics also support the rights of LGBT persons.

Who can access the ADWLE legal aid clinics?
  • If you are a victim of domestic violence or abuse, human trafficking or labor exploitation, sexual discrimination or sexual harassment
  • If you are a parent of a child who has been a victim of domestic violence or abuse, human trafficking or labor exploitation, sexual discrimination or sexual harassment
  • If you have a family conflict (e.g. divorce, responsibilities towards children, property ownership within marriage) that you have not been able to resolve through the Village Mediation Committee
  • If you are seeking advice about the laws, or your rights or responsibilities, relating to the above issues
  • any persons who meet the conditions for receiving legal aid under the Decree on Legal Assistance
How can the legal aid clinics help?
  • Advise on your legal rights, responsibilities and options under relevant laws
  • Refer you to other service providers
  • Assist you to bring your conflict to the Village Mediation Committee or to report to the police
  • Prepare and submit documents to bring your case to the People’s Court
  • Legal representation in court
  • Financial support to disadvantaged clients to attend legal proceedings and/or access emergency support services (e.g. safe shelter, healthcare)
Objectives of ADWLE’s legal aid clinics
  1. Respond to the community’s needs for access to legal information
  2. Provide legal assistance to disadvantaged or vulnerable women and children to enable them to have access to justice
  3. Counter violence and discrimination against women and children
  4. Promote women’s rights and gender equality in every field

You can drop in or phone to make an appointment.

1. Women’s Assistance and Counselling Office (WACO)

WACO is open to all Lao citizens residing in Laos.

Location: Chommany Village, Saysetha District, Vientiane Capital

(co-located with Chommany Primary School, approximately 5km north of Vientiane city centre)

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30-17:00 (closed on public holidays)

Phone: 021 262 698

2. Legal Aid Clinic for Vulnerable Women and Children (LACVWC)

Location: Nongsonghong Village, Xaythany District, Vientiane Capital (co-located with Nongsonghong Village Office)

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30-17:00  (closed on public holidays)

Phone: 030 5262 011

LACWVC is open to residents of ADWLE’s target villages in Xaythany District: Dongbang, Nasala, Thadindeang Neua, Thadindeng Tai, Oudomphon, Ladkhoay, Nontae, SenOudom, Paksabkao, Thaddorkkham, Phonngam 2, Nongsonghong, Somsamai, Naphok and Paksapmai.