Civil legal assistance describes the services and interventions that ensure equality before the law for at-risk individuals. Such services can improve individuals’ awareness of their rights and help ensure their basic needs are met. These include safe housing, protection from abusive relationships, assistance in child custody disputes, and relief from financial exploitation.
1. Explore the social issue
Read our civil legal assistance social issue report, which includes: an overview of the social issue, an investment recommendation, information on the return on investment, and ways to take further action.
2. Learn about your state
The state reports define the context of how civil legal assistance is being addressed in Massachusetts and New York.
3. Select an organization
The guide to giving provides information needed to evaluate an organization working on civil legal assistance in five steps.
4. Explore related social issues
Learn about social issues related to civil legal assistance that we have written about in other reports.