The following is a submission from Matilde – a participant in ATLAS: DIY’s Project ACCESS. In 2012, Atlas DIY developed the idea of ACCESS lawyering. The premise for Project ACCESS was the realization that the law had strayed too far from the hands and understanding of the individual. We say that our clients and the immigrant community were aware of laws limiting their activities but knew very little about the laws and regulations put in place for their protection. This created an opportunity for exploitation, and many of our clients had been abused in different areas of our life. Thus Project ACCESS came into being.