The Equal Justice Coalition (EJC) is a nonpartisan statewide coalition that educates policymakers and the public about the importance of civil legal aid in Washington and advocates for public funding for legal aid at the local, state, and national levels. With more than 3,000 members' support, the EJC has been helping protect existing public funding for legal aid amidst unrelenting client demand and deteriorating support from public and private funding sources since the coalition's inception in 1995.
Approximately 1.8 million low-income people living in Washington State financially qualify for civil legal aid – that's 28% of the state's population. But because of limited funding and overwhelming demand, nearly four out of five low income people with an important civil legal problem cannot get the help they need.
We rely on our members to help us educate policy and opinion makers on the importance of civil legal aid, promote funding for necessary civil legal aid services to take action when civil legal aid funding is threatened. Our laws promise equality and justice under the rule of law; however, justice is out of reach for the majority of people struggling to survive poverty. The EJC is working to change that reality.
Legal aid programs work to provide low-income people meaningful access to justice; without legal representation, civil legal problems negatively impact fundamental aspects of people's lives, such as housing, employment, safety, and economic security.
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