Voices for Civil Justice is a national communications initiative that taps the awareness-raising power of the media to spotlight the critical role of civil legal aid in assuring fairness for all in the justice system.
We connect reporters with our national network of civil legal aid sources and help them find the human interest stories that support their reporting. We pitch story ideas and opinion pieces about civil legal aid to national and significant regional media outlets. We provide messaging guidance and other communication tools to advocates.
Voices delivers three things:
- Increased visibility for civil legal aid in the national media;
- Improved capacity for media advocacy across the civil legal aid sector; and
- A new and strengthened national identity for civil legal aid.
In 2012, the Public Welfare Foundation convened key national leaders in the legal aid sector to explore the possibility of creating a national communications hub for civil legal aid. They sought to counter the sheer invisibility of civil legal aid as a contributing factor in the declining trajectory of funding and support for the sector. With Public Welfare Foundation and The Kresge Foundation as founding funders, Voices for Civil Justice was launched in late 2013.
Based in Washington DC, Voices has a four person staff and an eight person advisory committee (as of May 2016). Voices is a sponsored project of, and is legally and fiscally administered by, the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in Washington, DC.