Pine Tree Legal Assistance is Maine's oldest and largest statewide legal aid provider. Its mission is to ensure that state and federal laws affecting poor people are upheld, while also addressing the systemic barriers to justice faced by Mainers with low incomes. To achieve this end, Pine Tree provides free civil legal assistance in cases where it can make a difference in meeting basic human needs or in enforcing basic rights, including access to housing, food, income, safety, education, and healthcare. In addition to general field offices that handle a wide range of legal needs, Pine Tree has developed specialty units to address the unique needs of specific populations or to handle specific legal issues. These include a Native American unit, KIDS LEGAL, an employment unit (that includes migrant farmworkers, low-wage workers and tax issues) and a foreclosure prevention project.