DOJ Access to Justice Initiative (ATJ)


Established in March 2010 to address the access-to-justice crisis in the criminal and civil justice system.
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Primary geographic focus: NATIONAL
Organization type(s): ATJ Initiative, Government
Acronym or short name: ATJ
Tags: Access to Justice Commissions

The U.S. Department of Justice established the Access to Justice Initiative (ATJ) in March 2010 to address the access-to-justice crisis in the criminal and civil justice system. ATJ’s mission is to help the justice system efficiently deliver outcomes that are fair and accessible to all, irrespective of wealth and status. The Initiative’s staff works within the Department of Justice, across federal agencies, and with state, local, and tribal justice system stakeholders to increase access to counsel and legal assistance and to improve the justice delivery systems that serve people who are unable to afford lawyers.



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Overselling the Settlement

Vauhini Vara
New Yorker
August 25, 2014
The Department of Justice settles with Bank of America over bad mortgage deals, but the settlements have a hard time covering people's needs.

Justice Department Announces New Head For “Access To Justice” Initiative

Chris Geidner
BuzzFeed
October 16, 2014
Former California judge Lisa Foster to head office aimed at increasing availability of lawyers for those who cannot otherwise afford counsel.

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Protecting Taxpayers from Abuse

Martha Bergmark
Huffington Post
April 14, 2014
Civil legal aid groups, their lawyers and volunteers play an important role in protecting low-income taxpayers against abuse by tax preparers and minimizing the drain from taxpayers pocketbooks.



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