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It’s time to close the global justice gap.

An estimated two-thirds of the global population—5.1 billion people—are being failed by justice systems. That means when their rights are violated, they have nowhere to turn for help.

The Legal Empowerment Fund (LEF) offers long-term core funding to grassroots activists and organizations who are supporting their communities to tackle systemic injustices and advocate for expanded protections under the law.

Breaking down the global justice gap



live in extreme conditions of injustice.



have an unresolved justice problem.



are excluded from opportunities the law provides.

We believe in a future where all people are able to access equal protections and remedies under the law. Learn more about what legal empowerment is and why it matters for everyone.


Success Story

Protecting Indigenous Peoples’ Land

Around the world, Indigenous peoples’ lands have been stolen without their consent. But along the Atlantic coast of Honduras, the Afro-Indigenous Garifuna people took their case to a top international court—and won. Learn how their landmark victory is setting an important legal precedent about free, prior, and informed consent for other Indigenous communities in the region.

Meet the Director

Atieno Odhiambo

Atieno Odhiambo is the director of the Legal Empowerment Fund. A lawyer by training, Odhiambo’s experience ranges from working for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Kenya to representing marginalized populations in Washington State and Kenya. She has a BA in history from Rice University and a JD from Tulane Law School.

Funders and Allies

We are proud to be supported by and work alongside our funders and allies, including:

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

The Mott Foundation supports projects around the world that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society.

william and flora hewlett foundation logo

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world.


Namati advances social and environmental justice by building a movement of people who know, use, and shape the law.

International Development Research Centre

As part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC champions and funds research and innovation within and alongside developing regions to drive global change.

Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

The Pathfinders are a group of 39 UN member states and partners working to accelerate action to implement the SDG targets for peace, justice and inclusion (SDG16+).


Nationale Postcode Loterij

The Nationale Postcode Loterij is a Dutch charity lottery that raises money for social and environmental causes. They’ve raised over 10 billion euros for various charities since its founding in 1989.

We welcome collaboration with other funders and allies as we work to raise $100 million over ten years and strengthen the people-centered justice movement.


Learn more about legal empowerment and the work we support.

Do you support justice for all?

Your donation will help close the global justice gap.

Or learn about more ways to get involved.

Do you support justice for all?

Your donation will help close the global justice gap.

Or learn about more ways to get involved.