Welcome to Voices for Civil Justice
Voices for Civil Justice is building a national identity for civil legal aid.
What is civil legal aid?
Voices generates media coverage and tells stories to build awareness that civil legal aid ensures fairness in America’s justice system.
We connect reporters with our national network of legal aid sources, help them find client stories as well as ongoing legal advocacy, and write opinion pieces on how civil legal aid help people know their rights and protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families.
Featured Press Clips
Millions of Americans are fighting legal battles alone without any access to legal help, compromising the fundamental fairness of our society. Yet we hear nearly nothing about it on the campaign trail.
Mentions: Voices for Civil Justice
Policy changes, like the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act are important, but aren’t enough. Another necessary part of the solution is ensuring women have access to the legal help they need to defend their rights. For low-income pregnant women who can’t afford a lawyer, the availability of civil legal aid is critical.
Mentions: First Shift Justice Project
On Monday, the City Council held a hearing on a bill that would make New York City the first jurisdiction in the country to guarantee lawyers for any low-income residents facing eviction.
Mentions: Urban Justice Center (UJC) (New York City) , Legal Aid Society (New York City)
Funding woes stem in large part from a lack of public knowledge about civil legal aid, despite broad support for the ideals of fairness and justice.
Mentions: Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) , Voices for Civil Justice
By using the media to amplify their voices, Emily and her partners were able to effect a policy change that will better the lives of their clients.
When a very determined woman, with help from a legal aid attorney and a social worker, finally proves that she is owed $100,000 in back Social Security payments, the story "went viral." What can we learn from this exception to one of the standard rules of attracting media coverage?
In the first training of its kind, more than 60 people were trained in strategic communications with the goal of increasing awareness of what civil legal aid is, and why it matters.
In most of Voices’ work, we are seeking to interject the importance of civil legal aid into coverage about various social and economic issues. Sometimes, however, we have an opportunity to go directly at our main issue - the crisis in the civil justice system. That is exactly what happened with the recent release of the Justice Index 2016 by the National Center for Access to Justice.
On April 24th the U.S. Department of Justice kicked off the first-ever National Reentry Week. Voices saw an opportunity to add to this important effort by highlighting the intersections between the criminal and civil justice systems and drawing media attention to the crucial role of civil legal aid in reentry. We asked JusticeVoices Network members to seize this media opportunity by writing op-eds and pitching stories to local media about the innovative reentry work they are doing in their communities.
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