The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights was founded on the belief that advancing racial justice is essential to achieving civil rights for all. The history of racial injustice in this country is long, complex and emotionally charged. Although decades of struggle, determination, litigation and advocacy have removed the most egregious and blatantly racist laws from local, state and federal governments, systemic and structural racism still exists.
We are committed to challenging policies or abuses of power that are unjust and unlawful based on race. To do so, we have developed a multi-pronged advocacy strategy, including direct legal services, policy advocacy, litigation, community outreach and education. Educational Equity, Economic Justice, Voting Rights, and Reentry and Criminal Justice Reform are among the issues we confront, but our portfolio is determined by the plethora of civil rights abuses that surface in myriad forms.