Pro Bono Net
AmeriCorps National Direct FY 2012
Three hundred fourteen JusticeCorps members will leverage an additional 1,000 volunteers to assist 48,000 excluded community members obtain access to justice across the country. In six states, members will focus on increasing civic engagement and improving economic mobility by helping naturalization-eligible community members become U.S. citizens. In four states, members will focus on helping excluded community members resolve urgent legal crises and obtain access to courts in problem areas deemed by the local community as most critical. Areas of crisis help will include housing, family law, domestic violence and consumer debt. JusticeCorps members will serve in courts and community organizations in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina and Texas. At the end of the project, JusticeCorps members will achieve this impact: 2,000 community members will apply for U.S. citizenship and 40,000 self-represented litigants will receive help accessing the justice system. JusticeCorps will focus on the Economic Opportunity and Veterans focus areas, and will serve as a national model for increasing civic engagement for those who serve and are served. The CNCS investment of $1,030,403 will be matched with $555,450.