We work to promote civil rights and improve legal representation for communities that have often been underserved in the past: people living in poverty and people of color among them. We work in collaboration with other, like-minded, organizations to maximize our reach to serve underrepresented populations, to train future public interest lawyers, and to educate our community on civil rights and current civil liberties concerns.
Our work includes:
- Oregon Innocence Project: to assist people who have been wrongly convicted and imprisoned in clearing their names
- Reentry Law Project: to provide legal advice, limited representation, and referrals to people who have recently been released from prison or jail
- Women in Prison Project: to address the needs of women in the criminal justice system through direct services to incarcerated women as well as litigation, legislative reform, and other policy and communications initiatives
- Criminal justice reform: to promote better understanding of and reform of Oregon’s criminal justice system
- Amicus curiae support: to provide amicus assistance to cases presenting significant social justice issues or of particular concern to communities typically underserved by the legal system
- Law student training: to offer opportunities to students of Lewis & Clark Law School to learn about important issues affecting the criminal justice system, work on cases, and develop skills in investigation, research, and writing.
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Campaign Zero is a police reform campaign proposed by activists associated with Black Lives Matter.
Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media. With the leverage this brings, Human Rights Watch meets with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world.
The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA resign and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty and AI) is a non-governmental organization focused on human rights with over 7 million members and supporters around the world. The stated objective of the organization is “to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.