Access to consumer rights and economic security for survivors cannot be done through any one person. To be effective, attorneys and advocates need to collaborate with each other, support from their organizations, to build partnerships with consumer advocates and other movement makers, and to develop innovative and sustainable approaches.
CSAJ works with on-the-ground programs as pilot and demonstration sites to offer the training, network building, and other strategic support required to rethink and reshape the ways we do the work. We carry out this in partnership with the site through four key phases:
- Assessment &Learning Exchange: Mapping the economic landscape through self, organizational, and/or community needs assessment to identify gaps, opportunities, and priorities.
- Strategic Planning: Convening staff, partners, and stakeholders to develop common goals and create action plans for change. Goals and strategies that attend to individual, community, and systems advocacy needs.
- Training, Assistance & Practice: CSAJ and partners offer training, coaching, consultation, expert advice, and other assistance to build capacity to meet self-defined goals.
- Innovation Exchange & Reflection: Create space to measure, reflect, celebrate and build upon success of the work. We also document and share what works, nationwide.
Past & Current Sites
CSAJ supports pilot and demonstration sites through our national, grant-funded projects and by request. Sites are selected through open application and referral processes developed in partnership with our Expert Advisors and key stakeholders. Each site receives purposeful cross-training, access to consumer experts, networking, intensive assistance and coaching, and sustained communication.
Current sites include:
Past pilot and demonstration projects:
**see below for core resources and promising practices developed from these sites. Or contact us for more information.
New York City Economic Legal Advocacy for Survivors Project
Midshore Council on Family Violence
Texas Council on Family Violence
Women’s Resource Center, Scranton, PA
Indiana Legal Services, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, Bloomington, IN
University of Denver, Student Civil Litigation Clinic
Included here are tools that serve as an entry point to help you self-reflect and rework your own programs, as well as reports and other resources that share promising practices, models of innovation, and lessons learned from above sites.
Become a Demonstration Site
Want support and partnership to rework your program’s approach to economic advocacy for survivors? Have an innovative model or approach you want to share with others? Are doing amazing individual advocacy but want help leveraging it for community or systems change?
Whether you’re just starting to think about economics, want to strengthen your work, or are *the* expert and want to share what you know – we want to work with you! Contact us to learn more and inquire about becoming a demonstration site.