Access to Justice Project
CSAJ’s ACCESS to Justice Project (ACounting for the Costs to Economic Security for Survivors) is unique in its focus on the economic barriers that many domestic and sexual violence survivors face in access to justice within the civil legal system.
This project seeks to enhance the power of non-lawyer legal advocates in supporting survivors’ paths to economic justice via specialized training and skill-building to:
- Provide legal advocacy that proactively assists survivors in accessing the resources needed for safety
- Identify and build networks for collaboration
- Identify and address the costs and systemic barriers associated with navigating courts and the civil legal system
What are the costs to accessing justice?
The civil legal system can be a critical entry point for survivors in their efforts to secure physical safety and economic security. But there are multiple costs and hurdles to entry. And survivors may need to pursue and defend cases in multiple and diverse legal systems – from protection orders, housing, employment, public benefits, child custody, immigration, education, and an array of consumer issues including debt collection. All of which prevents the vast majority of domestic and sexual violence survivors from accessing justice.
CSAJ’s Access Project helps non-lawyer legal advocates understand, examine, and address these costs and barriers that show up in four key ways:
Access to Justice eCourse
This eCourse is designed to enhance non-lawyer legal advocates’ capacity to engage in survivor centered economic advocacy and increase their understanding of the legal context on core economic issue-areas. It consists of seven (7) modules that you can work through on your own time – individually, with a colleague, or as part of a larger group/team. Each module includes at least one 30-45 minute video, reading and activities, and additional tools and resources to help you move from learning to practice.
We are hosting TWO Learning Cohorts to work through the eCourse in 2022. Interested? Click here/Contact Us.
If you’re a non-lawyer legal advocate working directly with survivors, or a program leader looking for opportunities for your team, we offering a range of cutting-edge trainings, resources, and individualized assistance to support you and your programs and communities. All cutting-edge. All free and open-access.
Here are some core resources, trainings, and tools that have been produced to date.