The goal of CSAJ’s work is to ensure advocates, organizations, and systems are meeting the complex needs of domestic violence survivors who are living in poverty. We do this via three levels of impact:
- We ensure that direct advocates and attorneys can meet survivors’ economic needs
- We strengthen organizations’ capacity to meet and address economic challenges in their communities
- We leverage the insights of advocates and programs to influence more equitable policies and systems
Our Initiatives & Programs
We lead multiple national projects, work with specific organizations and communities as demonstration sites, and conduct research and policy advocacy.
Consumer Rights for Survivors
A national project for attorneys, advocates, and programs to enhance consumer legal advocacy & build partnerships for economic justice
Survivors’ Access to Justice
A national project for non-lawyer legal advocates to address the costs & inequities that block survivors’ access to justice
Racial & Economic Equity for Survivors
A national project that brought together partners from anti-poverty, anti-racist, and anti-violence fields to help programs identify and address structural inequities facing survivors
Accounting for Survivors’ Economic Security
An Atlas to help advocates and programs map, navigate & change the economic landscape facing survivors
Pilot & Demonstration Sites
Resources, innovative models of practice, and work with specific organizations to foster organizational and community change
Research & Policy Work
Research that reflects survivors’ lives, fuels policy and systems change, & policy advocacy with real impacts
Work With Us!
We provide training, technical assistance, facilitate partnership building and community change, and work to build networks of “economic justice makers.” Inquire and reach out to partner, today!
See Our Work In Action
Here are some highlights of our projects and work. Click the links below to learn more or to contact us for training or to partner on economic justice initiatives.
In 2019, we teamed up with Lisalyn Jacobs and the Texas Council on Family Violence to discuss racial and economic equity for survivors at NNEDV’s Economic Justice Summit. Based on our REEP Project, we shared findings from Listening Sessions, our own internal and organizational work, and strategies to effect systems (and long-lasting) change
NYC Summit on Economic Equity for Survivors
In 2021, we formed a coalition of over seven advocacy organizations and task forces in New York City to put survivors’ economic realities and demands at the center of city policymaking. Responding to longstanding and deepening economic inequities as a result of COVID-19, we will hold a summit in March 2022 to present a city wide agenda for survivors’ economic equity
From 2018-2020, we conducted a 3-part study to explore how statewide coalitions understand and address issues of equity. The findings and innovative practices from Equity Mapping, Content Analysis, and In-Depth Interviews with five coalitions were shared in a report. CSAJ Research Fellow, Kristen Mejia, presented findings at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Annual Conference.