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To increase patient access to care, Whitman-Walker Health has changed its appointment scheduling system. When you contact Whitman-Walker, you will now be able to schedule your visit within the next 10 business days. All appointments on and after August 21, 2017, have been cancelled. We will contact you 14 days in advance to reschedule your appointment under the new system.

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Legal Services

Whitman-Walker Health is home to one of the nation’s oldest medical-legal partnerships and is proud to offer legal services as part of our integrated health center. Our lawyers and paralegals work with clients to remove legal barriers to health care, focusing on WWH’s overall goal to help individuals achieve health and wellness. Because of our special expertise in HIV and serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) communities, our lawyers fight stigma, discrimination, and help ease access through affirming services. Our services are provided to patients of Whitman-Walker Health, people living with HIV, and members of the LGBTQ community.

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Whitman-Walker Health is home to one of the nation’s oldest medical-legal partnerships and is proud to offer legal services as part of our integrated health center. Our lawyers and paralegals work with clients to remove legal barriers to health care, focusing on WWH’s overall goal to help individuals achieve health and wellness. Because of our special expertise in HIV and serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) communities, our lawyers fight stigma, discrimination, and help ease access through affirming services. Our services are provided to patients of Whitman-Walker Health, people living with HIV, and members of the LGBTQ community.

WWH’s Legal Services Program has helped tens of thousands of people in the greater Washington area by helping individuals to:

  • Obtain the best health insurance available
  • Protect and enforce access to public benefits including Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security
  • Eliminate obstacles to good health care (including discrimination and illegal charges)
  • Keep their jobs, stay in school, and retain housing through enforcement of nondiscrimination laws and reasonable accommodations
  • Obtain disability income if they are too sick to work
  • Return to work after receiving disability as their health improves
  • Protect their medical privacy
  • Plan for their future health care and long-term care needs
  • Protect their families through healthcare directives and wills
  • Obtain legal immigration status in the U.S. if faced with persecution or lack of medical care in their country of origin
  • Correct their identity documents and legal records if they are transgender
  • Fight HIV and LGBT related discrimination, including refusals by a medical provider to prescribe PrEP

Working closely with all providers and staff within our health center, our staff attorneys and paralegal navigators promptly respond to any legal issue raised by patients or otherwise identified by providers during medical, behavioral health, or dental appointments. Given WWH’s reputation and long history in the community and our expertise, individuals in need of our services also call Legal Services directly for help. Our staff attorneys handle a wide range of legal issues directly, and we also work with an extensive network of pro bono volunteers. We offer a number of regular pro bono legal clinics and directly place cases with attorneys. Our legal staff is also engaged in systemic legal reform efforts that impact our clients.

Contact Us

If you feel you have experienced any of the legal issues described above, call our Legal Services department at (202) 939-7627 or e-mail us. Our intake coordinator will conduct a telephone interview and our attorneys will review your case to determine how we can assist you. We are also available for limited initial consultation on a walk-in basis at our offices at Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center and at Max Robinson Center, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.

If you are interested in volunteering or working with us, please see additional information on the Ways to Get Involved page.

Connor Cory

Connor Cory

Skadden Legal Fellow

202.939.7626 | e-mail

Connor Cory is a Skadden Legal Fellow focused on providing direct representation for young LGBTQ immigrants. He represents clients in a range of immigration matters and also assists clients who... Read More

Sam DePrimio

Sam DePrimio

Equal Justice Works Americorps Legal Fellow

202.797.4401 | e-mail

Sam DePrimio is an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Law Fellow, focused on eliminating barriers to employment for transgender residents of DC, Maryland, and Virginia. As part of this project, Sam... Read More

Heather Wydra

Heather Wydra

Supervising Attorney

202.939.7684 | e-mail

Heather Wydra is Supervising Attorney at Whitman-Walker Health, where she oversees client intake and manages staff attorneys and legal fellows. Heather’s practice areas include discrimination in employment, by places of... Read More