As a nation we pledge “justice for all”, but in realitymillions of Americans are unable to access justice.Unable to receive protection for their livelihood, health and families. 1 in 3 Americans cannot afford an attorney. Without legal help they struggle in a cycle of fear, uncertainty and hopelessness. These men, women and children are our neighbors and they need our help.
Women & Children Are Targets
The United States is the second highest destination in the world for trafficked women. It is estimated that 14,500 to 17,500 people, primarily women and children, are trafficked to the U.S. annually. (U.S. State Department).
Victims Remain Helpless
Only those accused of a crime in our country are entitled to a free attorney, their victims are not. Victims of crime are often left to fend for themselves as they simply cannot afford the legal representation necessary to ensure they receive proper treatment and justice.
U.S. Ranks Near Bottom
The U.S. ranks 65th in the world for providing affordable access to justice (World Justice Project). A key Sustainable Development Goal of the United Nations is “Peace and Justice” (Goal 16). A nation cannot flourish when justice depends on how much money you have.
We are called to do justice and love mercy. We are given the example of the Good Samaritan serving a victim in need no matter the stigmas attached. But how are we to do this amidst the complexities of the justice system? Gospel Justice Initiative calls churches across the nation to transform lives by serving both the spiritual and legal needs of the poor.
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Regardless of your role, we are all called to act justly. But what does that look like for each of us individually? How can we practically help someone legally? Click the role below that best describes you, and find out how you can have kingdom impact by teaming with GJI.