People rely on the courts and government agencies to solve serious legal problems, find help, and achieve stability. But inequitable practices can make navigating these complex systems impossible – especially for those who cannot afford legal representation.
The consequences can be devastating and life changing. Denied access to rights and resources, families may be unjustly evicted, lose custody of their children, struggle to escape domestic violence, or become caught in a cycle of debt and poverty.
At MA Appleseed, we believe no one should need a law degree to avoid catastrophe. Through our Access to Justice initiative, we work to:
- Standardize fair treatment in these powerful institutions, whether a person is represented by an attorney or not;
- Protect the language access rights of residents and end language discrimination;
- Increase access to self-help resources that incorporate best practices and center the needs of the most vulnerable; and
- Advocate for innovative technology solutions to create a modern, 21st century court system where all residents have equitable access to legal rights and protection.