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Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice - LA) is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI).

ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project

The ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project (CLRP) focuses its work on the “front end” of the criminal legal system—from policing to sentencing— seeking to end excessively harsh criminal justice policies that result in mass incarceration, over-criminalization, and racial injustice, and

ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project

The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against them.

ACLU Racial Justice Program

The ACLU's Racial Justice Program strives to create a world where “we the people” truly means all us — this means dismantling systemic racism and working to repair centuries of harm inflicted on communities of color.

ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

The ACLU's Reproducitve Freedom Project's work focuses on a range of issues, including protecting access to affordable contraception, protecting a woman’s ability to make personal, private decisions about pregnancy and abortion, and fighting pregnancy discrimination.

Advancement Project

Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, it exists to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. It uses innovative tools and strategies

Aidan Graybill
Meet the Fellow

Aidan Graybill is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst/Public Rights Project Joint Fellow at the Navajo Nation Department of Justice addressing predatory student lending affecting Navajo Nation.

ArchCity Defenders

ArchCity Defenders combats the criminalization of poverty and state violence in communities of color in the St. Louis region and beyond.

Brian Remlinger
Meet the Fellow

Brian Remlinger is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst/Public Rights Project Joint Fellow harnessing the Michigan Secretary of State’s administrative rulemaking and formal rulemaking powers to standardize election administration across Michigan and increase ballot access for all Michiganders.

Brooklyn Defender Services

Brooklyn Defender Services is a public defender organization that represents nearly 35,000 people each year who are too poor to afford an attorney.

Callie Wilson
Meet the Fellow

Callie Wilson is a 2018-2019 Justice Catalyst/Public Rights Project Fellow in the Oakland City Attorney's Office working on issues to promote gender equity.

Civil Rights Corps

Civil Rights Corps (CRC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the United States’ legal system- a system that is built on white supremacy and economic inequality.

Democracy, Civil Rights, and Local Government

 A just legal system requires vigorous civil enforcement by federal, state, local, and private actors. To that end, Justice Catalyst supports efforts, whether by federal and state agencies, city attorneys or plaintiffs and civil rights firms, to expand the impact of their enforcement efforts.

Disability Rights Advocates

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) is the leading national nonprofit disability rights legal center. Its mission is to advance equal rights and opportunity for people with all types of disabilities nationwide.

Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands

The mission of the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands is to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, support and empower families and provide training and information that promotes the overall health and educational development of children and

Equal Rights Center

The Equal Rights Center seeks to eliminate unlawful and unfair discrimination in housing, employment, and public accomodations in the greater D.C. area.

Catalyst Partner GAP releases new “Whistleblower Guides”

The Government Accountability Project (GAP), in collaboration with Justice Catalyst, released three “Whistleblower Guides,” designed to help journalists and public interest organizations as they work with whistleblowers safely and effectively speak up in the face of serious abuses of scientific

Government Accountability Project “Whistleblower Guides”

The Government Accountability Project (GAP), in collaboration with Justice Catalyst, released three “Whistleblower Guides,” designed to help journalists and public interest organizations as they work with whistleblowers safely and effectively speak up in the face of serious abuses of scientific

Gender Justice Clinic at Cornell Law School

The Gender Justice Clinic engages in local, national, and global efforts to address gender-based violence and discrimination. Issues covered include intimate partner violence, sexual assault, gender-based violence in institutional settings, discrimination at work and in the criminal legal system, and

Gupta Wessler PLLC

Gupta Wessler PLLC is a national litigation boutique. It handles high-stakes controversies in the U.S. Supreme Court and courts across the country, approaching each matter with a fresh perspective, a bird’s-eye view of the law, and a strategic sense of

Housing Rights Initiative

Housing Rights Initiative fights fraudulent real estate practices, promoting fair housing, and connecting tenants to legal support in NYC.

Indian Law Resource Center

The Indian Law Resource Center seeks to overcome the grave problems that threaten Native peoples by advancing the rule of law, by establishing national and international legal standards that preserve their human rights and dignity, and by challenging the governments

IntegrateNYC

IntegrateNYC's mission is to develop youth leaders who repair the harms of segregation and build authentic integration and equity.

James Campbell
Meet the Fellow

James Campbell is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow with Disabiity Rights Center of the Virgin Islands supporting local advocates seeking to challenge federal disenfranchisement and discrimination in U.S. territories.

Jordan Brewington
Meet the Fellow

Jordan Brewington is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the ACLU of Louisiana advocating for reparative justice and environmental justice for descendants of the enslaved being exploited by the plantation tourism industry and poisoned by the petrochemical industry.

Kimberly Fayette
Meet the Fellow

Kimberly Fayette is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst/Public Rights Project Fellow at the New York City Commission on Human Rights focusing on the enforcement of administrative guidance barring discrimination based on hairstyle and hair texture.

Local Government Affirmative Litigation Guide

Justice Catalyst today released Local Action, National Impact: A Practical Guide to Affirmative Litigation for Local Governments, a guide created in partnership with Public Rights Project, the Office of San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, and the San Francisco Affirmative

Lydia X. Z. Brown
Meet the Fellow

Lydia X.Z. Brown is a 2018-2019 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law empowering students with disabilities against harmful discipline.

Marie Evelyn Sheehan
Meet the Fellow

Marie Evelyn Sheehan is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst Fellow with Street Democracy working on the Property Tax Appeals Project (PTAP), which appeals the over assessment of property taxes on low-value homes in minority communities, helping at-risk homeowners avoid over-taxation and

Marissa Roy
Meet the Fellow

Marissa Roy is a 2017-2018 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office creating an impact litigation partnership between the LA City Attorney and UCLA.

Matt Ampleman
Meet the Fellow

Matt Ampleman is 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri working to revitalize neighborhoods in St. Louis.

Matthew Duffy
Meet the Fellow

Matthew Duffy is a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the Center for Popular Democracy working with local elected officials and community leaders to co-create innovative model legislation to increase voting rights and participation.

Meghan Brooks
Meet the Fellow

Meghan Brooks is a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow at New York Legal Assistance Group building a class action and strategic litigation practice serving veterans.

Melodie Meyer
Meet the Fellow

Melodie Meyer is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst/Public Rights Project Fellow with the Yurok Tribe's Office of the Tribal Attorney advocating for and implementing indigenous climate justice.

Molly Gupta
Meet the Fellow

Molly Gupta is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst/Public Rights Project Joint Fellow at the City Attorney’s office in Nashville promoting sustainable and equitable urban development.

Nahuel Fefer
Meet the Fellow

Nahuel Fefer is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Arch Cit Defenders working to translate demands for criminal justice reform, economic equity, and democratic representation into legislation, executive orders, and ballot measures.

The NYCLU works toward its mission by advocating for all New Yorkers to have equal access to opportunities and the equal ability to participate in government decisions that affect them.

Octavia Abell
Meet the Fellow

Octavia Abell is a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow and CEO of Govern for America, a nonprofit working to build the next generation of public sector leaders by connecting dynamic recent graduates to impactful state and local government roles and supporting

Partners for Dignity & Rights

Partners for Dignity & Rights envisions a just world where everyone is treated with dignity, everyone's human needs are met, and everyone can thrive and reach their full potential.

Project South

Project South was founded as the Institute to Eliminate Poverty & Genocide in 1986. Its work is rooted in the legacy of the Southern Freedom Movement, and its mission of cultivating strong social movements in the South powerful enough to

Public Rights Project

Public Rights Project works with state, local, and tribal governments to protect vulnerable communities' legal rights.

Rajiv Narayan
Meet the Fellow

Rajiv Narayan is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst/Public Rights Project Fellow at the Oakland City Attorney's Office working to advance health equity through local government.

Samuel Kuhn
Meet the Fellow

Samuel Kuhn is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst/Public Rights Project Joint Fellow serving as the first in-house specialist designated to support the New York State Attorney General’s Office in exercising its newly-expanded authority to structurally reform police in the state.

Sara Zollner
Meet the Fellow

Sara Zollner is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst/Public Rights Project Joint Fellow at the San Francisco's District Attorney Office who will create a recommended case development framework for newly-formed workers’ rights units in local government offices that center workers’ voices and

Sarah Levine
Meet the Fellow

Sarah Levine is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst/Public Rights Project Fellow at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia coordinating enforcement effort using antitrust, consumer protection, and wage and hour laws to protect low-wage workers in D.C.

Sarah Medina Camiscoli
Meet the Fellow

Sarah Medina Camiscoli is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Public Counsel, collaborating with them to lead the Peer Defense Project at IntegrateNYC, an organization centering an unprecedented intergenerational movement lawyering model that catalyzes youth-led movements for civil rights.

Meet the Fellow

Tavi Unger is a 2017-2018 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the Labor Bureau of the Office of the New York State Attorney General focusing on employee misclassification.

Texas Civil Rights Project

Texas Civil Rights Project are Texas lawyers and advocates for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. TCRP envisions a Texas where all communities thrive with dignity and justice, and without