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AIDS Alabama is the largest community-based HIV service organization in Alabama and provides comprehensive services for people infected and affected with HIV while working to prevent the spread of the disease. AIDS Alabama offers the following services: case management; linkage to other services, including medical care; transitional and permanent housing for those who qualify; rental assistance programs in the Birmingham area; transportation assistance; Alabama Rural AIDS Project, which links persons at risk for HIV who live in rural areas with available services; HIV testing and counseling; and prevention education programs. Alabama Rural AIDS Project Outreach Workers and HIV Prevention Educators work in prisons throughout the state to assist HIV+ prisoners with discharge planning and gaining access to needed services in the community. AIDS Alabama also operates a 24-hour, toll-free statewide HIV Help Line to provide support, information, and referrals to individuals with concerns or questions about HIV/AIDS. All services are free and highly confidential.
P.O. Box 55703
Birmingham, Alabama 35255
1 (205) 324-9822
toll free number
1 (800) 592-2437
The Alabama Coalition Against Rape (ACAR) is a statewide nonprofit organization working to prevent sexual violence in the State of Alabama. At the heart of ACAR’s success is the network of rape crisis centers that provide services to survivors of rape and sexual assault. Staff or volunteers are available 24 hours a day to offer confidential crisis assistance through the crisis line, and hospital or police accompaniment. Counseling and advocacy services are also available to help survivors and their families through their recovery process. In addition, the centers work in their own communities to create public awareness and provide education about sexual violence. ACAR does not provide direct services, but can help survivors to contact the rape crisis center that is in their area.
Since 1975, the Rape Response program of the Crisis Center has served survivors of sexual violence. At our free-standing SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) facility, we are able to collect forensic evidence and provide a compassionate link between the survivor and law enforcement. We also offer medical, court, and legal advocacy. All of our services are free.
Service area: Jefferson, Blount, St. Clair, Walker; the PREA hotline takes calls from all over the state of Alabama. Donaldson Correctional and St. Clair Correctional are located in our service area, but we serve any facility that reaches out for SANE services.
Work with: Anyone impacted by sexual assault, including survivors and secondary survivors.
Services for survivors during incarceration include: Crisis intervention via the 24-hour hotline, by mail or by email; SANE exams at our facility or local hospitals, advocacy during forensic exams; court accompaniment and legal accompaniment for sexual assault cases; and/or information and referrals.
Services for survivors after release include: All of the above, as well as individual and group counseling.
Service for loved ones include: All of the above
Fees: all services are free for survivors and secondary survivors. Correctional facilities are responsible for fees associated with SANE exams.
Additional information: Spanish speaking advocates available
The Family Guidance Center of Alabama (FGC) provides services throughout Alabama in the following cities: Birmingham, Montgomery, Troy, Hayneville, and Dothan. FGC works with survivors of sexual violence through individual or group counseling, depending on the needs that exist within each community. The staff is made up of licensed and trained counselors and social workers. Fees are based on a sliding scale, and often FGC is able to make referrals to other programs that are free of charge.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline provides telephone and email peer-counseling, as well as information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States. Volunteer peer counselors share information about coming-out issues, relationship concerns, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer-sex practices, and more. The hotline also maintains the largest resource database of its kind in the United States, with over 15,000 listings. All services are free and confidential.
Rape Crisis Center, a program of the Family Counseling Center of Mobile, Inc., provides direct services to survivors of sexual assault and their families in Mobile, Washington, and Clarke Counties. Services include: 24-hour hotline; crisis intervention; hospital and court advocacy and accompaniment; counseling; and support groups. In addition, Rape Crisis Center is willing to provide on-site crisis intervention and other services for survivors in jail, if requested. All services are free and confidential.
P.O. Box 91068
Mobile, AL 36691
1 (251) 602-0909
1 (251) 473-7273
Shepherd’s Fold operates five Christian residential re-entry facilities in Birmingham that provide food, shelter, and counseling to formerly incarcerated men. As part of the program, Shepherd’s Fold offers support groups for men who were sexually abused while in prison. Meetings are conducted weekly at a local church and are led by qualified counselors. To qualify for the program, an application must be filled out. To receive information or an application, send a letter to the address above. Shepherd’s Fold evaluates each application to determine if an individual is qualified to participate in the group (which can be done before release). The program lasts a minimum of four months, with a maximum of 1 ½ years of continued support and counseling available. As of June 2008, the cost of the program is $80/week.
1134 Princeton Ave., S.W.
Birmingham, AL 35211
1 (205) 780-6211
The Investigations and Intelligence Division of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) thoroughly investigates all reported violations of law to include misdemeanors, felonies, and internal affairs relating to ADOC employees, inmates, institutions, and divisions as directed by the Commissioner/designee or requested by a Warden/Director. Inmates who have been sexually assaulted in an ADOC facility can contact the Investigations and Intelligence Division by writing to the address above to report the assault and any concerns regarding the handling of investigations into such abuse.
P.O. Box 301501
Montgomery, AL 36130-1501
1 (334) 353-8916
1 (334) 353-8922
The Lawyer Referral Service is a service of the Alabama State Bar. Its purpose is to assist in finding a lawyer to provide advice on legal problems. It is the only lawyer referral service operated by the Alabama State Bar. All panel members of the LRS are licensed lawyers in Alabama and are members in good standing of the Alabama State Bar. The referral attorney agrees to charge no more than $50.00 for the first 30-minute consultation. If your problem requires work beyond this time, and you decide to hire the lawyer, be sure to discuss any additional fees. An attorney bases his/her fee on the time and type of work involved, the difficulty in solving the problem and your needs as the client. LRS encourages you to ask for a written fee agreement before you proceed with any legal work beyond the first 30-minute consultation.
The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) of Alabama is a private, nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system, including survivors of sexual abuse behind bars. EJI litigates on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct. EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. EJI also prepares reports, newsletters and manuals to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of reforming the administration of criminal justice. EJI is a small non-profit and receives a large number of requests for assistance. As such, EJI can only represent a small number of the individuals who contact the organization.
Service area: Nationally
Work with: Survivors of sexual abuse behind bars
Services for survivors during incarceration include: Legal assistance
Services for survivors after release include: Reentry assistance
Services for loved ones include: All of the above
The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) represents those confined to prisons and jails in class action law suits challenging inhumane conditions of confinement, degrading or discriminatory treatment, denial of medical and mental health care, and other constitutional violations. Center attorneys will respond to complaints sent through the mail by prisoners throughout Alabama and Georgia, including cases of physical and sexual assault, but prisoners should be aware that the SCHR does not generally litigate individual cases.