Organizations to Support

Arab American and Muslim Communities

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

Council on American-Islamic Relations
Helps protect American Muslims’ constitutional rights in the face of discrimination, defamation or hate crimes.

Muslim Advocates
A national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths. 

Muslims for Progressive Values
A faith-based, grassroots, international human rights organization that embodies and advocates for the traditional Qur’anic values of social justice and equality for all, for the 21st Century. 

 

Civil and Human Rights

Alliance for Justice
Works to ensure that the federal judiciary advances core constitutional values, preserves human rights and unfettered access to the courts, and adheres to the even-handed administration of justice for all Americans. 

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Defends free speech, voting rights and many other rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry.. Defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

Bend the Arc
Builds the power and passion of the progressive Jewish movement in America by bringing together Jews from across the country to advocate and organize for a more just and equal society.

Center for Constitutional Rights
Works to advance and protect the rights guaranteed by both the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by combining cutting-edge litigation, advocacy and strategic communications in work on a broad range of civil and human rights issues.

National Lawyers Guilds
This is the nation’s oldest and largest progressive bar association, and was the first one in the U.S. to be racially integrated. NLG's mission is to use law for the people, uniting lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights over property interests. 

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
Tracks hate groups and teaches tolerance. SPLC has monitored and reported on the actions of the KKK and neo-Nazi movements, among others, for decades.

Southern Vision Alliance
A grassroots intermediary organized for the charitable and educational purposes of providing infrastructure, capacity-building, and assistance to youth-centered organizations and programs. SVA supports leadership development and base-building work for social, racial, and environmental justice, along with gender equity, LGBTQ rights and education justice in the U.S. South.

Disability Rights 

ADAPT
A national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.

Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)
Dedicated to advancing the rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities in rural America by serving as a center of resources and by leading systems change.

Disabilities Rights Advocates
Advances equal rights and opportunity for people with all types of disabilities nationwide.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) 
A national civil rights law and policy center devoted to advancing the rights of people with disabilities through advocacy, training, education and public policy. 

National Council on Independent Living
Advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities.

National Disability Rights Network
Works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by guarding against abuse; advocating for basic rights; and ensuring accountability in health care, education, employment, housing, transportation and within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Domestic Violence/ Sexual Assault

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) 
Advocates for victims, and attempts to change policy surrounding domestic violence.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) 
The country’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, which operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE) along with other programs to help victims of sexual violence.

 

Environmental

Earthjustice
Fights climate change and works to preserve natural places.

Natural Resources Defense Council
Uses law, science and the support of its 500,000+ members to fight climate change, promote clean air and protect the planet's wildlife and wild places.

NextGen Climate
Acts politically to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for every American.

Sierra Club
The largest grassroots environmental organization in the country, the Sierra Club works to protect millions of acres of wilderness and to pass legislation like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. 

Wilderness Society
The leading American conservation organization working to protect our nation’s shared wildlands.

 

Freedom of the Press

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Offers legal resources, support and advocacy to reporters to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights.

 

Gun Violence

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Works to reduce the number of American gun deaths through background checks and other means.

Everytown for Gun Safety
A gun-violence-prevention group that works primarily with state legislatures to enact policies requiring background checks and stronger trafficking laws.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Created to demand action from state and federal legislators, companies, and educational institutions to establish common sense gun reforms.

Immigrant Communities

Asista
Provides national leadership, advocacy, training, and technical assistance to those working with crime survivors seeking secure immigration status, especially those who have suffered gender-based violence.

Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Educates and engages African-American and Black immigrant communities to organize and advocate for racial, social and economic justice.

Border Angels
An all-volunteer non-profit that advocates for immigration reform and social justice, focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border.  

Immigrant Defense Project
Launched in November, 2016, by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) to support litigation against the Trump administration.

Immigration Equality Action Fund
The nation's leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. They represent and advocate for people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status.

National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
Partners with affiliates across the country to serve millions of Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights, immigration, education, workforce, the economy, health, and housing.

National Immigration Forum
Champions policies that guide immigrants toward citizenship and develop humane border enforcement.

National Immigration Law Center
Advances the rights of low-income immigrants through policy and litigation; has advocated strongly on behalf of “Dreamers.”

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
Provides legal assistance and technical support to immigrant communities, legal practitioners, and advocates working to advance the rights of noncitizens.

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
Advocates for the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children. Guided by the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and state and federal child protection laws, the Young Center has developed the only program in the nation that provides guardians ad litem (Child Advocates) for trafficking victims and unaccompanied immigrant children.

 

International

Amnesty International
Advocates for refugees, asylum seekers and others in great need across the world.

Art for Refugees in Transition (A.R.T.) 
Helps rebuild individual and community identity for refugees worldwide.

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Provides relief, respect and renewal to refugees and victims of armed conflict around the world.

 

LGBTQIA

Audre Lorde Project (ALP)
A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color community organizing center, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, ALP works for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. 

GLAAD
A U.S. non-governmental media monitoring organization founded by LGBT people in the media.

GLSEN
Working to create safe schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, and  dedicated to fostering a work environment and designing programs and resources that are inclusive and celebratory of diversity, and sensitive to the role of power and privilege in society.

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

National Center for Lesbian Rights
A national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy and public education.

National Center for Transgender Equality
The Nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.

National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
The business voice of the LGBT community, it is the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people.

National LGBTQ Task Force
Trains activists to promote equality for LGBTQ people.

Southerners On New Ground (SONG)
A regional Queer Liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town LGBTQ people in the Southern U.S. 

Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)
A legal aid organization that works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health and legal services for low-income or people of color who are transgender, intersex and/or gender non-conforming.

Trans Women of Color Collective
A grassroots-funded global initiative created to offer opportunities for transgender people of color, their families and comrades to engage in healing, foster kinship and build community. They strive to educate and empower each other through sharing skills, knowledge and resources.

Transgender Law Center
Works to change law, policy and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

 

Racial Justice

Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Fights to create a seat at the table for Asian Americans in the national conversations that determine the policies that shape our lives. They educate lawmakers, the public, and the media about the diverse Asian American community and its needs.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Empowers Asian Americans at risk of exploitation, and apprises them of their legal rights.

Black Youth Project 100
An activist, member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a collective focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens.

The Movement for Black Lives
A collective of over 50 Black-led organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country with a common vision and agenda.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Thurgood Marshall–founded civil rights organization providing legal services in the fight against racial discrimination.

 

Reproductive Rights

The Center for Reproductive Rights
Uses the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect and fulfill.

NARAL Pro Choice America
Engages in political action and advocacy efforts to oppose restrictions on abortion and expand access to abortion

National Institute for Reproductive Health
Increases access to reproductive health care by changing public policy, galvanizing public support, and normalizing women’s decisions about abortion and contraception.

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Builds Latina power to guarantee the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity and justice. NLIRH is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to advancing health, dignity and justice for the 26 million Latinas, their families and communities in the United States. 

Planned Parenthood
Provides abortion, contraception, emergency contraception, STD and pregnancy testing, and other health care.

Reproductive Health Access Project
Trains clinicians to make quality reproductive healthcare more accessible. 

Sister Song
A Southern-based, national membership organization working to strengthen and amplify the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to build an effective network of individuals and organizations to improve institutional policies and systems that impact the reproductive lives of marginalized communities.

 

Voting Rights

The Advancement Project
A multi-racial civil rights organization created to develop and inspire community-based solutions based on the same high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns that produced the landmark civil rights victories of earlier eras.

The Brennan Center for Justice 
Seeks to create a rational and effective criminal and civil justice system that treats all people fairly and equally by reducing mass incarceration, closing the justice gap, and ensuring racial equality within these systems.

Fair Elections Legal Network
A national, nonpartisan voting rights, legal support and election reform organization whose mission is to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies.

Our Time
Focused on organizing campaigns that register and educate voters, advocating for economic opportunity, and covering political news aimed at young Americans.

 


Women's Rights

National Women’s Law Center
Has been fighting for 40-plus years for better policies and laws to protect women’s rights (on issues like healthcare, education and employment), with an emphasis on those from low-income communities.

National Organization for Women (NOW)
The largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

 

Emily Miles