Environmental Justice in the USA

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Laying the groundwork for a legal empowerment effort in the United States

In 2018, we laid the foundations for work in the United States, the sixth and last of our focus countries for our current five-year phase.

Despite an abundance of lawyers, the U.S. has an access to justice crisis. An extensive scoping process led us to the conclusion that the greatest fit between need in the U.S and the value Namati can bring is in the area of environmental justice.

Historically, the U.S. environmental movement has focused on litigation and high-level advocacy. The communities who bear the greatest burden of harm—who are mostly poor and of color—have had little opportunity to use the law themselves.

In 2018, we recruited our first crew of legal empowerment advocates in Washington, DC and Maryland. In 2019, we’re working with this group to help communities secure remedies to environmental injustice and develop a methodology that works in the U.S. context.