The Law Belongs to All of Us

A person’s ability to enforce important civil rights should not depend on their income. We’re an award-winning nonprofit working to create the country’s first system of universal access to legal representation and prove that when everyone has access to the law, poverty can be dramatically reduced.

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Read: The Problem

Return on Investment

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For every $1 we spend on services and overhead, we generate $6.63 in financial benefits for our clients and deter $14.75 worth of illegal activity.

Evictions Prevented & Families Housed

Evictions defeated, clients transferred into new housing, and housing barriers removed

Millions in direct financial returns

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Combined awards, canceled debt, and settlements on behalf of our low-income clients

Family Conflicts Resolved

Survivors and children protected, families reunited, divorces granted, and conflicts resolved

Open Campaigns

We publish a sample of our live cases as sponsorships to help people understand the kinds of issues our clients deal with on a daily basis. By sponsoring a case, we’ll provide you with updates on how it resolves.

  1. Martina* Wants to Stay in the United States

    Martina migrated to the US to escape death threats by gangs. Now, we're helping her obtain a U-visa so she doesn't have to be separated from her American-born children.
    • 3%

    $60.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal

  2. Lindsey’s* Fighting Back

    Lindsey was fired from her job and robbed of her final paycheck after she reported physical and sexual abuse to her boss. Open Door Legal is helping her fight back. You can too.
    • 0%

    $0.00 donated of $1,500.00 goal

  3. It’s Time For Talia* To Go Home

    Talia has never belonged to a family. When she was a little girl, her parents left her with some relatives. They never came back. 23 years later, Talia is going home.
    • 54%

    $535.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal

  1. Martina* Wants to Stay in the United States

    Martina migrated to the US to escape death threats by gangs. Now, we're helping her obtain a U-visa so she doesn't have to be separated from her American-born children.
    • 3%

    $60.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal

  2. Lindsey’s* Fighting Back

    Lindsey was fired from her job and robbed of her final paycheck after she reported physical and sexual abuse to her boss. Open Door Legal is helping her fight back. You can too.
    • 0%

    $0.00 donated of $1,500.00 goal

  3. It’s Time For Talia* To Go Home

    Talia has never belonged to a family. When she was a little girl, her parents left her with some relatives. They never came back. 23 years later, Talia is going home.
    • 54%

    $535.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal

Our Model

Universal Access

We’re pioneering a way to ensure everyone can use the law to protect themselves, on any issue, no matter what their income is.

Comprehensive Services

We directly represent low-income residents in over 35 areas of law and engage in joint case management with other human service professionals.

Built to Scale

We built our knowledge infrastructure to scale. We want to prove that universal access can work at a large scale and become a model for national replication.

Featured Story: Amy

Amy was convinced she was going to die. After receiving death threats and with her emergency transfer stuck in a bureaucratic morass, she didn’t believe there was a way out.

Read how we resolved it.

Full Transparency

Read our annual budget and programming plan to find out how we’re holding ourselves accountable and what we are spending money on.

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What’s New

Cassaundra

Cassaundra

My landlord gave me a 30-day notice, saying he was going to move in. He harassed me and made my life miserable. He left me without heating for months. He let me live with dead rodents and refused to patch a hole in the roof. I went to the Mayor’s office for help, and they referred me to an org who said they couldn’t help me. But walking down Third Street, I saw the sign for Open Door Legal and decided to come in.

Becky

Becky

One of my first cases was against a major insurance company who was accusing our clients of fraud. I’ve never seen someone treated as bad as our clients were. The way the adverse counsel acted … I thought it was reserved for documentaries from 50 years ago. This is supposed to be San Francisco in 2017!

We’re Hiring – Engagement Associate

We’re Hiring – Engagement Associate

About Us: Open Door Legal is pioneering the country’s first system of universal access to civil representation and working to show that when everyone has access to the law, poverty can be dramatically reduced. We won the 2015 Google Impact Challenge and...