Gospel Justice Initiative

Elgin, United States
Joined September 2017

Gospel Justice Initiative (gji.org) focuses on the lack of equal access to justice in the United States by training lawyers and a support team to provide holistic legal aid ministry.

Presence in: Honduras, United States
Focus: Generalist Legal Services, Right to Information

Gospel Justice Initiative equips teams of volunteer attorneys and support teams to establish legal aid ministry centers across the country.  Located in businesses, libraries, service agencies and churches these community centers holistically address the needs of vulnerable neighbors.

Centers are either existing organizations wishing to affiliate for expanding network and access to more lawyers, members wanting use of a database system, training, coaching and networking, or chapters operating fully under our national umbrella.

Affiliates pay $495/year, Members pay $1,900/year and Chapters pay nothing.  Each chapter is covered under our 501(c)(3) and insurance.  Each receives an online database, website, banner, supplies, training, travel to another operating center for orientation, and travel to our national conference in June in Chicago (restore117.com).  Chapters are sustained by small administrative fees charged to clients to provide them dignity and buy-in.

The goal of all centers is restorative justice.  This requires addressing individual needs and systemic challenges.  Nationally we advocate for reforming systems that contribute to oppression or inhibit access to justice.