is a national, non-partisan, multi-racial civil rights organization, ounded by a team oveteran civil rights lawyers with a mission to advance America’s promise o an inclusive and just democracy inmany areas, including voting rights. Advancement Project’s voter protection program supports community-based eorts to increase civic participation, improve election administration, and remove structural barriersto voting, particularly in low-income communities o color. It seeks to educate voters and lawmakers,inuence policy, expose problems and advocate or reorms. Since 1999, Advancement Project has workedproactively with local and national partners to monitor the administration o voting, investigate inequitableelection practices, advocate with state and local election ocials to remedy lapses in protecting votingrights, and engage in litigation and legislative advocacy in support o voters and election law reorms.It works in collaboration with state and local elections ocials and community partners to orge therelationships necessary to advance election reorm. Its lawyers bring cases to support the policy work andseek to build the legal and procedural ramework necessary to carry out long-range voter protection workand to remove barriers to voting or voters o color. It uses innovative tools and strategies to strengthensocial movements and achieve high-impact policy change. Locally, it provides strategic policy, legal, andcommunications support to grassroots organizations, increasing their capacity to identiy and addressracial injustices in their communities. On the national level, it extends and replicate lessons learned on theground, through the use o legal advocacy, networking, media outreach, and public education.
The Lawyers’ Committee or Civil Rights Under Law
(Lawyers’ Committee) is a nonpartisan, nonprotorganization, ormed in 1963 at the request o President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar inproviding legal services to address racial discrimination. We are celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2013 aswe continue our quest o “Moving America Toward Justice.” The principal mission o the Lawyers’ Committeeis to secure, through the rule o law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas o air housing andair lending; community development; employment; voting; education and environmental justice. For vedecades, the Lawyers’ Committee has been at the oreront o the legal struggle to achieve equality andprotect advances in voting rights or racial and ethnic minorities and other traditionally disenranchisedgroups. Today, that tradition continues. With the indispensable assistance o private law rms, the VotingRights Project is an integrated program o litigation, voter protection, research, advocacy and education,which also includes leadership o Election Protection, the country’s largest non-partisan voter protectioncoalition made up o local, state and national organizations.