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Access to Justice

We pursue innovative approaches to expanding access to justice to people who lack the power or the resources to secure the protection of the law.

Some 4 billion people around the world are excluded from the law’s protection, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation or even violence at the hands of the powerful.  

The Justice Initiative works with a range of international and national partners to develop and implement strategies to provide free or low-cost legal assistance. We work with civil society and governments to develop and expand partnerships for civil and criminal legal aid. We advance community-based responses, such as the use of paralegals to provide basic legal information and assistance. And we engage with international efforts to strengthen access to justice for economic and social development, as part of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. 

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