More than 70 millionadults in America have had a debt turned over to a private debt collector

That’s 1 in 3 adults. Your child's teacher. The friendly bank cashier. The person just 2 seats away. Millions have been threatened with jail, and tens of thousands have been summoned to court in a single county. During the process of debt collection, individuals learn that they can be treated as if they have no right to respect or to redress.

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90%of debtors summoned to court do not have legal counsel

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We are changing the narrative about debt collection by building a public facing resource for debtors and their advocates.

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Debt Collection Tracker

See where debt collection lawsuits are happening and how they are unevenly distributed by neighborhood and race.

View our real-time debt collection data
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Arts and Storytelling

Our virtual gallery features the Debt Collectors Series, modeled on the work of Jacob Lawrence.

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Who We Are

Find out about the members of The Debt Collection Lab

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