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Law-Related Advocacy and Research Organizations


A good way to find information on the Internet is to find a research or advocacy organization that cares about the issue you are researching and go to its website. For that purpose, we make the following list of organizations available. The descriptions below are taken from the websites listed.

The library has no control over these websites and cannot guarantee the accuracy or reliability of the information you find on them. See Evaluating Websites and Other Information Resources.

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See also Associations of Legal Professionals and Intergovernmental Organizations.

Abortion Access Project - a grassroots coalition of reproductive rights activists and women's health care providers dedicated to making abortion and reproductive health care accessible to all women.

Access for All - Program on Employment and Disability of Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Adbusters Media Foundation - global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age.

Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce (ACEC) - created by Congress to study federal, state, local and international taxation and tariffs on transactions using the Internet and Internet access.

Africa Action - incorporating American Committee on Africa (ACOA), The Africa Fund, Africa Policy Information Center (APIC), the United States' oldest organizations devoted to analysis and advocacy on African Affairs.

Alan Guttmacher Institute - reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education.

Alliance for Justice (AFJ) - a national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, children's and consumer advocacy organizations working to advance the cause of justice for all Americans, strengthen the public interest community's ability to influence public policy, and foster the next generation of advocates.

American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC) - civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage.

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American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) - the bookseller's voice in the fight against censorship.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - litigating, legislating, and educating the public on a broad array of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States.

American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations - The AFL-CIO's mission is to bring social and economic justice to our nation by enabling working people to have a voice on the job, in government, in a changing global economy and in their communities.

American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) - the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of HIV/AIDS research, AIDS prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy.

American Judicature Society (AJS) - a nonpartisan organization with a national membership of judges, lawyers, and non-legally trained citizens interested in the administration of justice.

American Law Institute (ALI) - publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and other proposals for law reform.

American Legacy Foundation - a national, independent, public health foundation committed to working with other organizations that are interested in decreasing the use of tobacco by Americans.

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American Library Association (ALA) - provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

American Society of International Law (ASIL) - to educate and engage the public in international law, and to expand its frontiers as a vehicle for resolving disputes and international conflict.

Amnesty International - working to protect human rights worldwide.

Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) - the country's leading animal rights law organization.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) - fighting anti-semitism, bigotry and extremism since 1913.

Arab American Institute (AAI) - organized in 1985 to represent Arab American interests in government and politics.

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) - dedication to organizing the poor and powerless.

asylumlaw.org - founded on March 1, 1999 with the sole purpose of using the Internet to help lawyers worldwide prepare the best asylum cases they can.

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Bat Shalom - feminist peace organization of Israeli women.

Brennan Center for Justice, at New York University School of Law, unites thinkers and advocates in pursuit of a vision of inclusive and effective democracy.

Brookings Institution - functions as an independent analyst and critic, committed to publishing its findings for the information of the public; serves as a bridge between scholarship and public policy, bringing new knowledge to the attention of decision makers and affording scholars a better insight into public policy issues.

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) - a global organization that helps member companies achieve success in ways that respect ethical values, people, communities and the environment.

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Campaign for America's Future - challenging the big money corporate agenda by encouraging Americans to speak up - to discuss and debate a new vision of an economy and a future that works for all of us.

Center for Defense Information - the nation's foremost independent military research organization.

Center for Democracy and Technology - works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age.

Center for Economic and Policy Research - established to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives.

Center for Economic and Social Rights - one of the first organizations to challenge economic injustice as a violation of international human rights law, CESR believes that economic and social rights -- legally binding on all nations -- can provide a universally accepted framework for strengthening social justice activism.

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) - a national non-profit organization that, through education, policy research and advocacy, seeks to improve the economic security of low-income families with children and secure access for low-income persons to our civil justice system.

Center for Media & Democracy - a nonprofit, public interest organization dedicated to investigative reporting on the public relations industry; publisher of the quarterly newsletter, PR Watch.

Center for Public Integrity - a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to examine public service and ethics-related issues.

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Center for Reproductive Rights - an independent, non-profit legal organization dedicated to ensuring that all women have access to appropriate and freely chosen reproductive health services.

Center for Study of Responsive Law - nonprofit Ralph Nader organization that supports and conducts a wide variety of research and educational projects to encourage the political, economic and social institutions of this country to be more aware of the needs of the citizen-consumer.

Center for Voting and Democracy - studies how voting systems affect participation, representation and governance, and disseminates findings to civic organizations, elected officials, journalists and the general public.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on government policies and programs, with an emphasis on those affecting low- and moderate income people.

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice - a private non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce society's reliance on the use of incarceration as a solution to social problems.

Center on Wrongful Convictions, Northwestern Law - clinical program dedicated to identifying and rectifying wrongful convictions and other serious miscarriages of justice.

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) - a membership-driven organisation and network of over 1,000 child rights organisations around the world.

Choice USA - supports each woman's right to make her own contraception, abortion, and child-bearing decisions.

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Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights (CCCR) - established to monitor civil rights enforcement, to examine important policy issues affecting equality of opportunity, to publish reports, and to alert decision makers to major issues of concern.

Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) - a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to fair taxation at the federal, state, and local levels.

Civil Rights Project at Harvard - a major ongoing assessment of the prospects for justice and equal opportunity under law for racial and ethnic minorities in the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Civilrights.org - a joint project of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Leadership Conference Education Fund, to recruit, educate and mobilize individuals of good conscience in the ongoing struggle for equal opportunity.

Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) - founded to more effectively address the critical needs of millions of unorganized sisters and make unions more responsive to the needs of all women, especially the needs of minority women who have traditionally been singled out for particularly blatant oppression.

Common Cause - a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen's lobbying organization promoting open, honest and accountable government.

The Commonwealth Fund - philanthropic foundation established to enhance the common good.

Corporate Watch - provides news, analysis, research tools and action resources to respond to corporate activity around the globe.

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Death Penalty Information Center.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) - a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.

Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières - delivers emergency aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and to others who lack health care due to social or geographical isolation.

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Economic Policy Institute - a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) - a non-profit, non-partisan organization working in the public interest to protect fundamental civil liberties, including privacy and freedom of expression, in the arena of computers and the Internet.

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) - a public interest research center established to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.

Employment Policies Institute - a non-profit research organization dedicated to studying public policy issues surrounding employment growth. In particular, EPI focuses on issues that affect entry-level employment.

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Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) - the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986.

Families and Work Institute - a non-profit organization that addresses the changing nature of work and family life.

Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) -  a national non-profit organization that focuses on domestic violence education, prevention and public policy reform.

Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies - a non-profit membership organization dedicated to bringing conservative and libertarian ideas into law schools and the organized bar.

Feminist Campus Activism Online - Pro-Choice Campus Network

Feminist Majority Foundation - committed to empowering women and winning equality through research, the sharing of information of value to feminists everywhere, and effective action.

Freedom House - non-profit, nonpartisan organization working through international programs and publications to advance worldwide expansion of political and economic freedom.

freedominfo.org - one-stop portal that links the efforts of freedom of information advocates around the world; contains crucial information on freedom of information laws and how they were drafted and implemented, including how various provisions have worked in practice.

Freedom to Read Foundation - established by the American Library Association to promote and defend First Amendment guarantees to all individuals of the right to express their ideas without governmental interference, and to read and listen to the ideas of others.

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Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) - New England's leading legal rights organization for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and people living with HIV.

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) - dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of individuals and events in all media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

GenderPAC - national advocacy organization working to ensure every American's right to their gender free from stereotypes, discrimination and violence, regardless of how they look, act or dress or how others perceive their sex or sexual orientation.

Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Institute - the mission of GELPI is to conduct research and education on legal and policy issues relating to protection of the environment and conservation of natural resources.

Global Business Dialogue on Electronic Commerce (GBDe) - a company-led response to the need for strengthened international coordination of the regulation of the emerging online economy.

Government Accountability Project - information about whistle blowing, governmental wrongdoing and official misconduct.

Greenpeace - campaigning organization that uses non-violent direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

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Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University - a world-renowned library and archives, and a unique center of scholarship and public policy research, committed to generating ideas that define a free society.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - working for lesbian and gay equal rights.

Human Rights First - works in the United States and abroad to create a secure and humane world by advancing justice, human dignity and respect for the rule of law. Formerly called Lawyers Committee for Human Rights.

Human Rights Watch - dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.

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Independent Gay Forum (IGF) - created by a group of gay writers, academics, attorneys, and activists who feel dissatisfied with the current level of discussion of gay-related issues.

Inequality.org - a network of journalists, writers and researchers trying to look beyond conventional economics and its notions of prosperity and progress.

Institute for America's Future (ThereTheyGoAgain.com) - a center of non-partisan research and education, providing a growing network of progressive writers, leaders and activists with facts, ideas, and arguments on concerns like health care, retirement security, health and safety on the job, clean water and safe food.

Institute for Democracy Studies - a nonprofit, tax-exempt research and educational center that studies anti-democratic religious and political movements and organizations in the U.S. and internationally.

Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First) - a member-supported, nonprofit peoples' think tank and education-for-action center, highlighting root causes and value-based solutions to hunger and poverty around the world, with a commitment to establishing food as a fundamental human right.

IGC (Institute for Global Communications) Internet's Progressive Gateway - to advance the work of progressive organizations and individuals for peace, justice, economic opportunity, human rights, democracy and environmental sustainability through strategic use of online technologies.

Institute for Policy Studies - striving to create a more responsible society - one built around the values of justice, nonviolence, sustainability, and decency.

Institute for Public Accuracy - nationwide consortium of policy researchers that seeks to broaden public discourse by gaining media access for those whose perspectives are commonly drowned out by corporate-backed think tanks and other influential institutions.

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Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) - a public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating the debate on public policy issues of critical importance to women and their families.

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and Good Jobs First (GJF) - one of the leading research and education organizations in the country working on government taxation and spending policy issues.

INTERIGHTS, the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights - established in 1982 to provide leadership in the development of legal protection for human rights and freedoms through the effective use of international and comparative human rights law.

International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI) - internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities, ICDRI seeks to increase opportunities for people with disabilities by identifying barriers to participation and promoting best practices and universal design of technology for the global community.

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission - IGLHRC's mission is to protect and advance the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) - non-profit corporation formed to assume responsibility for the IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management, and root server system management functions.

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Jane Doe Inc. (JDI) - brings together organizations and people committed to ending domestic violence and sexual assault.

Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy - a Harvard research center dedicated to exploring the intersection of press, politics and public policy in theory and practice.

Jobs with Justice (JwJ) - a national campaign for workers' rights.

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies - informs and illuminates the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to: improve the socioeconomic status of black Americans and other minorities; expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and promote communications and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society.

Joint Center for Poverty Research (JCPR) of Northwestern University and University of Chicago - supports academic research that examines what it means to be poor and live in America.

Justice Project - committed to educating the American public about our deeply flawed capital justice system; sustaining a national dialogue between our leaders and the public which rigorously examines a system which fails to protect the innocent; mounting federal and state legislative efforts to change the unfairness in our capital justice system; and developing partnerships with advocates everywhere who share our mission and commitment.

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Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) - an independent philanthropy focusing on the major health care issues facing the nation.

King Center - established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, The King Center is the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of America's greatest nonviolent movement for justice, equality and peace.

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Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund - national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law - nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination; principal mission is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law.

League of Women Voters - nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force (LGIRTF) / Immigration Equality - a coalition of immigrants, attorneys and other activists that addresses the widespread discriminatory impact of immigration laws on the lives of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV through education, outreach and advocacy and by providing legal services, information, referrals, and support.

LivingWage.org - a research project of the Employment Policies Institute.

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Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC) - a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization founded to develop, field test, and rigorously evaluate promising education and employment-related programs aimed at improving the well-being of low-income people and building a strong workforce.

Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation - identifies, funds, evaluates, builds the capacities of and replicates multiple solution ventures for the inner city, the truly disadvantage, children, youth and families.

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National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) - to protect and preserve the right to choose while promoting policies and programs that improve women's health and make abortion less necessary.

National Academies - National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, National Research Council.

NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People - principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States.

National Association of Counties - created in 1935 when county officials wanted to have a strong voice in the nation's capital.

National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) - identifies and promotes strategies to reduce the number of young children living in poverty in the United States, and to improve the life chances of the millions of children under age six who are growing up poor.

National Center for Juvenile Justice - research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; dedicated to improving the quality of justice for children and families.

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) - a progressive, feminist, multicultural legal center devoted to advancing the rights and safety of lesbians and their families.

National Center for Public Policy Research - a conservative/free market foundation established in 1982 and located on Capitol Hill.

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National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) - dedicated to the empowerment of battered women and their children and therefore is committed to the elimination of personal and societal violence in the lives of battered women and their children.

National Employment Law Project (NELP) - has advocated for over 30 years on behalf of low-wage workers, the poor, the unemployed, and other groups that face significant barriers to employment and government systems of support.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) Online - a leading progressive civil rights organization that has supported grassroots organizing and advocacy since 1973.

National Health Law Program - a national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities.

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty - to alleviate, ameliorate and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness.

National Lawyers Guild (NLG) - an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system.

National Low Income Housing Coalition / LIHIS - NLIHC is dedicated solely to ending America's affordable housing crisis.

National Network to End Domestic Violence - a membership and advocacy organization state domestic violence coalitions.

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National Organization for Women (NOW) - dedicated to making legal, political, social and economic change in our society in order to achieve our goal, which is to eliminate sexism and end all oppression.

National Partnership for Women & Families - a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.

National Urban League - a premier social service and civil rights organization whose mission is to assist African Americans in the achievement of social and economic equality.

National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI) - working to fulfill the legal promise of American democracy.

National Women's Law Center (NWLC) - to protect and advance the progress of women and girls at work, in school, and in virtually every aspect of their lives.

Nonviolence Web - home to many of the US's most dynamic peace groups and publisher of "Nonviolence Web Upfront," the homepage news and opinion magazine.

Not In My Name - a loose gathering of concerned American Jews deeply committed to a peaceful and just resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, a resolution that will provide safety, security and freedom for Jews, Palestinians, and all others living in this region.

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Older Women's League (OWL) - dedicated to winning economic, political and social equity for midlife and older women.

Online Policy Group (OPG) - a nonprofit organization dedicated to online policy research, outreach, and action on issues such as access, privacy, digital defamation, and the digital divide. Additionally, it focuses on Internet participants' civil liberties and human rights, like access, privacy, safety, and serving schools, libraries, disabled, elderly, youth, women, and sexual, gender, and ethnic minorities.

Opensecrets.org - online source for money in politics data, from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Organic Consumers Association (OCA) - promotes food safety, organic farming and sustainable agricultural practices in the U.S. and internationally.

Overseas Development Institute - Britain's leading independent think-tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

Oxfam GB - a development, relief, and campaigning organisation dedicated to finding lasting solutions to poverty and suffering around the world.

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Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) - national non-profit organization of parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons, to celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

Peace Action - the nation's largest grassroots peace group, has effectively mobilized for peace and disarmament for over forty years.

People for the American Way (PFAW) - works to protect the heart of democracy and the soul of the nation.

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press - an independent opinion research group that studies attitudes toward the press, politics and public policy issues.

Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health - to enable concerned physicians to take a more active and visible role in support of universal reproductive health.

Population Reference Bureau - providing timely and objective information on population.

Privacy Foundation - exists to educate the public, in part by conducting research into communications technologies and services that may pose a threat to personal privacy.

Pro-Choice Public Education Project (PEP) - a collaborative project governed by the country's leading national pro-choice organizations dedicated to building the next generation of pro-choice leaders and supporters.

ProChoice Resource Center - provides information and resources to pro-choice grassroots activists and supporters.

Project On Government Oversight (POGO) - a non-partisan non-profit government watchdog whose mission is to investigate, expose, and remedy abuses of power, mismanagement, and government subservience to powerful special interests by the federal government.

Public Campaign - a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to sweeping reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of special interest money in America's elections and the influence of big contributors in American politics.

Public Citizen - founded by Ralph Nader in 1971, Public Citizen is the consumer's eyes and ears in Washington.

Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) - to secure, promote and protect our full civil and human rights.

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Refugee Law Center - a non-profit non-governmental organization working to protect and strengthen the rights of refugees and immigrants.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press - a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal help to reporters and news organizations.

Responsible Wealth - a network of business leaders, professionals and other affluent Americans who are among the top 5% of income earners and asset holders in the US, and who are concerned about the rise in the power of large corporations and the growing gap between the rich and everyone else.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) - making grants to improve the health & health care of all Americans.

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Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - promotes equal justice through policy, advocacy, and legal resources; includes Poverty Law Manual for the New Lawyer.

Sentencing Project - an independent source of criminal justice policy analysis, data and program information for the public and policy-makers.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) - helping service members harmed by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue."

Slow Food - international non-profit movement, democratic, cultural and of social utility, based on the voluntary membership of people who intend to cultivate common cultural and gastronomic interests.

Southern Center for Human Rights - public interest legal project for over twenty years, fighting for the civil and human rights of people of color, poor people, and other disadvantaged citizens facing the death penalty or confined to prisons and jails in the South.

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) - a non-profit organization that combats hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation.

Stopfamilyviolence.org/ - a joint project of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the Family Violence Prevention Fund.

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Texans for Public Justice (TPJ) - a non-partisan, non-profit policy and research organization which tracks the influence of money in politics.

Third Wave Foundation - the only national organization created by and for young women between the ages of 15 and 30.

Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression - a unique organization, devoted solely to the defense of free expression in all its forms.

Tobacco Control Resource Center / Tobacco Products Liability Project - founded in 1984 by doctors, academics and attorneys -- studies, encourages and coordinates 1) products liability suits against the tobacco industry and 2) legislative and regulatory initiatives to control the sale and use of tobacco as a public health strategy.

Tolerance.org - a Web project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, encourages people from all walks of life to "fight hate and promote tolerance."

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) - comprehensive, independent, and nonpartisan information on federal law enforcement agencies.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute - non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society.

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Uniform Law Commissioners - The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.

United for a Fair Economy - an independent, nonpartisan organization, part of a broad social movement of people concerned that the concentration of wealth is hurting our nation.

United for Justice With Peace - a coalition of individuals and organizations seeking global peace through social and economic justice.

United for Peace & Justice - a new national campaign that brings together a broad range of organizations throughout the United States to help coordinate our work against a U.S. war on Iraq.

United States Committee for Refugees - USCR defends the rights of all uprooted people regardless of their nationality, race, religion, ideology, or social group.

United States Institute of Peace - an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict.

Urban Institute - a nonpartisan economic and social policy research organization.

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Violence Policy Center (VPC) - a national 501(c)(3) educational organization that works to reduce gun death and injury in America.

Voices in the Wilderness - a campaign to end the economic sanctions against the people of Iraq.

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W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research - an independent, nonprofit research organization devoted to finding, evaluating, and promoting solutions to employment-related problems.

Welfare Law Center - works with and on behalf of low-income people to ensure that adequate income support -- public funding provided on the basis of need -- is available whenever and to the extent necessary to meet basic needs and foster healthy human and family development.

Welfare to Work Partnership - an effort of the American business community to move people from lives of dependence to lives of independence.

Wellesley Centers for Women - has been a driving force, both behind the scenes and in the spotlight, promoting positive change for women and girls.

Women Action Global Web Site - an occasional bulletin of the International Women's Tribune Centre to cover plans and preparations for the 5 year review of the United Nations Platform for Action.

Women, Law & Development International - a non-profit, non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

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Women Leaders Online / Women Organizing for Change - empowering women in politics, media, society, the economy and cyberspace.

Women's Freedom Network - founded in early 1993 by a group of women who were seeking alternatives to extremist ideological feminism and the anti-feminist traditionalism.

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) - works to create an environment of political, economic, social and psychological freedom for all members of the human community, so that true peace can be enjoyed by all.

Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP) - raises money for low income women of all ages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds who are unable to pay for either emergency contraception or a safe and legal abortion.

Woodstock Institute - works locally and nationally to promote community reinvestment and economic development in lower-income and minority communities.

World Organization for Human Rights USA - a non-profit human rights monitoring, reporting and advocacy group.

World Policy Institute - seeks to offer innovative policy proposals, to promote greater public understanding, and to nurture a new generation of writers and public intellectuals committed to internationalist thinking.

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