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The kindness of strangers

Crowdfunding shows how access to justice can be reinvented for financially strained times, writes Jean-Yves Gilg

3 February 2017

Julia Salasky was aiming to launch the US arm of CrowdJustice, the crowdfunding platform she founded just over a year and half ago, in the middle of February. The events that followed Donald Trump’s executive order, banning migrants from a number of countries designated as mostly Muslim from entering the US, have pushed the date forward.

Tareq and Ammar Aziz flew into Dulles airport from Yemen at the end of January with a view to joining their father, a US citizen, in Michigan. They were turned away and deported to Ethopia.

After securing representation from Virginia’s Legal Aid Justice Center, the brothers raised their initial $15,000 pledge within a day. They are now halfway through raising a further $60,000 ‘stretch’ pledge. The news at the time of writing is that the US authorities may be working on re-instating thei...

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