Ending Inequality in the Justice System
Equal Justice Under Law is a national civil rights legal nonprofit dedicated to achieving equality in our justice system and helping to end the cycle of poverty by challenging wealth-based discrimination.
The words “Equal Justice Under Law” are etched onto the façade of the United States Supreme Court. However, too often our legal system falls short of that goal, especially for people living in poverty. Sadly, violations of basic human and civil rights have become commonplace in our modern legal system. We believe everyone should be treated equally, regardless of wealth-status. Unfortunately, our society currently operates two systems of justice: one for the rich and another for everyone else.
Our organization provides pro bono legal services to those most in need, giving a voice to the silenced and disenfranchised. Since our founding, we have filed 30 lawsuits in 16 states and the District of Columbia. So far, these legal challenges have achieved fundamental change across six states.
We also strive to raise awareness about issues of inequality and advocate for federal and state legislators to pass laws that protect the most vulnerable among us.
At this moment in American history, this work has never been more important. We will continue to fight for positive change until everyone is treated equally under the law.