Our tag line, “because justice first requires access, ” underscores what we’re about.
Historically, underrepresented and low-income persons have encountered great difficulty in obtaining effective civil legal representation. A lack of finances, entrenched poverty, inadequate knowledge of how the system works—amount to very real barriers that prevent individuals from “accessing” the civil courts and attorneys. In turn, this loss of access often results in people losing a place to live or the chance to see children when families are in turmoil. The loss of access to the civil justice system—and the lost chance to protect core human needs—has been called the “Justice Gap.”
Simply put, our goal is to close the Justice Gap. We are working in a variety of ways, with a number of strategies, to eliminate barriers and hurdles that prevent low-income and moderate-income people from accessing the civil justice system and obtaining effective legal assistance.
There are two components to the Call for Justice Project. The first is more effective and targeted legal referrals in the Twin Cities metro area. This is accomplished by collaborating with United Way 211 and low-income legal providers and resources to make it easier for low-income people to obtain legal assistance.
The second component is forming collaborations and engaging in endeavors that increase civil legal access. An example of this is the Call for Justice Legal Liaison Program (“LLP”). The LLP works to increase knowledge about resources and needs in the nonprofit legal and social service communities. We believe a network of Legal Liaisons, effectively an “Access Network,” is the best way to ensure for the exchange of relevant and timely referral-related information. With each organization designating one particular person as “the” Liaison responsible for referral-related information, the civil legal system becomes more efficient. With efficiency comes access. With access, the Justice Gap narrows.
We welcome your inquiries. If you are in need of immediate legal assistance, please call United Way 211 by dialing “2-1-1.” A trained Information and Referral Specialist will assist you.