The Methodist Justice Ministry (MJM) protects women and children from domestic violence, neglect, and abuse — and in the process, transforms their lives.
MJM was founded in 2006 by Rev. Brooks Harrington, who also serves as our Legal Director of this Ministry. As an ordained United Methodist elder who has also been a licensed attorney for 39 years, Brooks originally served as a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., where he was in charge of all the criminal prosecutions for domestic violence and crimes against children. With this first-hand experience understanding the physical, emotional, and psychological damage women and children suffer as a result of these crimes — including a loss of faith in themselves, their lives, and God — Brooks felt a calling to return to ministry. Joining forces with the visionary leadership and faith community of FUMCFW, Brooks founded MJM and began representing hundreds of women and children from low-income families.
Today, MJM maintains an active caseload of 30–35 lawsuits and receives 20–30 new calls per week. The Ministry has helped 377 women and 650 children since 2006, creating positive change in the lives of 1,027 people in a single decade.
The Ministry offers help to its clients in several ways:
- Free legal representation and advice
- Prayer and pastoral counseling
- Professional psychological and emotional counseling
- Life and financial skills advice and counseling
- Referral to case workers
- Emergency financial support for rent, utilities, food, transportation, job training, and other needs
- Devoted friendship
The Ministry is completely faith-driven, and it seeks to empower women and children so they can live free of abuse, violence, and self-doubt. MJM shows these women and children that they are not alone. They know that our Methodist Justice Ministry is by their side, and God is with them.
For more information about MJM, or to help support its efforts through donations, visit methodistjusticeministry.org.