NORTH AMERICA – USA – National Organizations


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Even as the crime rate is dropping, the criminal justice system continues to grow. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, there will be 30 new federal prisons built over the next 7 years. Throughout this unprecedented growth, there have been few opportunities for critical examination of what is working and what isn’t. It is our hope that this website will challenge your perceptions about who is in prison today and why. We also hope that it will generate ideas, big and small, about how we can reduce crime and strengthen our communities without continuing this unprecedented rate of incarceration.

Web Site Producer: Picture Projects was launched in 1995 to create online spaces for voices traditionally overlooked by mainstream media. Dubbed by Photo Insider "the gold standard in interactive documentary.”

  (212) 226-3099 x302 Public Education, Media Education

Advancement Project

Advancement Project is a democracy and justice action group. We work with communities seeking to build a fair and just multi-racial democracy in America. Using law, public policy and strategic communications, Advancement Project acts in partnership with local communities to advance universal opportunity, equity and access for those left behind in America.

1730 M Street NW #401
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 278-9557 Civil Rights Litigation, Research, Advocacy

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Street Address:
5 Riverside Drive
11th Floor

Mailing Address:
Grand Central Station
P.O. Box 459
New York, N.Y. 10115

(202) 278-9557 Alternative to Incarceration, Alcohol Treatment/ Recovery
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American Civil Liberties Union

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) works daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.  Since our founding in 1920, the nonprofit, nonpartisan ACLU has grown from a roomful of civil liberties activists to an organization of nearly 300,000 members and supporters, with offices in almost every state. The ACLU has also maintained, since its founding, the position that civil liberties must be respected, even in times of national emergency. In support of that position, the ACLU has appeared before the Supreme Court and other federal courts on numerous occasions, both as direct counsel and by filing amicus briefs.

The ACLU’s mission is to fight civil liberties violations wherever and whenever they occur. Most of our clients are ordinary people who have experienced an injustice and have decided to fight back. The ACLU is also active in our national and state capitals, fighting to ensure that the Bill of Rights will always be more than a "parchment barrier" against government oppression and the tyranny of the majority.

125 Broad Street,
18th Floor

New York, NY 10004


Civil Rights Litigation, Advocacy

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation was established in 1948 by Jim Casey, one of the founders of United Parcel Service, and his siblings, George, Harry, and Marguerite, who named the philanthropy in honor of their mother. The Foundation’s first grants provided support to a camp for disadvantaged children in Seattle, Wash., the home of the Casey family. When Jim Casey gave up his administrative responsibilities as chief executive officer of UPS in the 1960s, he turned his attention to sharpening the programmatic focus of the Foundation.

To demonstrate that jurisdictions can establish more effective and efficient systems to accomplish the purposes of juvenile detention, the Foundation established the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) in 1992. The objectives of JDAI are to reduce the number of children unnecessarily or inappropriately detained; to minimize the number of youth who fail to appear in court or reoffend pending adjudication; to redirect public funds toward successful reform strategies; and to improve conditions of confinement. For the past 14 years, Casey has published the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book with youth data for all 50 states.

701 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
547-6600 Funding and Research
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Applied Research Center – ARC

Launched in 1981, ARC was born out of the community organizing experience. Both activists and academics recognized a need for rigorous study of the practice of organizing and the need for solid research into the issues around which organizers were mounting campaigns.  Among its activities, ARC publishes ColorLinesMagazine an important publication that documents and informs social justice work by and for people of color.  (For more information on Color Lines see separate listing.)



3781 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94611
Action Education Program and the Racial Justice Policy Initiative
2125 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

New York:
ColorLines Magazine
584 Broadway,
Suite 612
New York, NY 10012

(773) 278-4800 x162

(212) 431-3276


Research, Technical Assistance and Alternative Media to Support Organizing and Related Social Justice Work throughout the U.S.

Barrios Unidos
Over the past three decades, since 1977, Barrios Unidos has worked toward building a safer and stronger community through innovative gang outreach, violence prevention and youth development strategies. BU currently has 27 chapters across the country (In Washington D.C., Alexandria, Virginia, El Paso, Texas, to name a few).  BU has become the haven in which teens who want to turn their lives around can obtain meaningful experience in the workplace. BU businesses introduce youth to the work environment, teaching them skills in a marketable trade. Teens earn minimum wage and are encouraged to learn each facet of the business–production, sales, marketing, design, and administration.

1817 Soquel Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA
Youth and Economic Development, Gang Violence Prevention and Intervention, Drug Prevention
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Building Blocks for Youth

Building Blocks for Youth is an alliance of children’s advocates, researchers, law enforcement professionals and community organizers that seeks to protect minority youth in the justice system and promote rational and effective justice policies.  The initiative represents a comprehensive effort to protect minority youth in the justice system and to promote rational and effective juvenile justice policies.

There are five components to this initiative: (1) Conducting new research; (2) Analyzing decision-making in the system; (3) Advocating for minority youth; (4) Building constituencies for change; and (5) Developing communication strategies.  The site gives up-to-date information on advocacy campaigns happening throughout the U.S.  The partners in the initiative are the Youth Law Center, American Bar Association, Juvenile Justice Center, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Juvenile Law Center, Minorities in Law Enforcement, National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the Pretrial Services Resource Center.  The initiative is administered by the Youth Law Center.  (For more information on the Youth Law Center and the other partners, see each organization’s description.)

c/o Youth Law Center

1010 Vermont Avenue N.W., Suite 310
Washington, DC




(National) Coalition Building, Public and Media Education and Advocacy


In Los Angeles: The Central American Resource Center was founded in 1983 by a group of Salvadoran refugees whose mission was to secure legal status for the thousands of Central Americans fleeing the torture and brutality of civil war. During the 80’s and 90’s, over 52% of the one million plus Salvadorans and 59% of Guatemalans fleeing these atrocities came to Los Angeles.  The transition from refugee to permanent resident in the United States challenges CARECEN to expand its capacity to meet our community’s need for social and economic empowerment.  CARECEN serves as a hub for educational and cultural enrichment, immigration and legal services and proactive programs created to foster citizenship & civic participation. Immigration & Legal provides no-fee representation and consultation for immigration court proceedings and procedures. The legal department is an advocate for immigration rights, and holds free seminars on legal rights and current changes in immigration law.  In Washington DC: The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides legal, housing, educational, health promotion and civic participation programs to the Central American and  Latino community. CARECEN’s mission is to help Latino immigrants obtain legal status and to work with the community to meet its basic needs and to fully participate in the integral development of its famiIies and neighborhoods.  In San Francisco: CARECEN provides direct legal services representation and education in immigration matters to low-income immigrants living in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. The legal department also provides expert advice in emergency-oriented legal services and short-term windows of opportunity offered by the INS.

Los Angeles:

2845 W. 7th Street

LA, CA  90013

Washington DC:
1459 Columbia Road NW
Washington DC 20009

San Francisco:
1245 Alabama Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110

385-7800 x154




Social Services; Immigrant Rights; Legal Education, Advocacy and Defense
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Court Appointed Special Advocates – CASA

Concerned over making decisions about abused and neglected children’s lives without sufficient information, a Seattle judge conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court. Soon judges across the country began utilizing citizen advocates. In 1990, the U.S. Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA with passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Today more than 900 CASA programs are in operation, with 70,000 women and men serving as CASA volunteers. CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocate.

100 West Harrison Street,
North Tower, Suite 500
Seattle, Washington 98119
628-3233 Court Advocacy

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Headquartered in San Francisco, CJCJ provides direct services, technical assistance and policy research in the criminal justice field. The Center includes offices in Oakland, California; Washington DC; Oregon; The District of Columbia; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

National Office:
1622 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
621-5661 Research, Public Policy and Program Development and Technical Assistance

Center for Third World Organizing

The Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO, pronounced "C2") is a Gateway to the Movement – a central hub that links communities of color with organizing skills, political education, and visions of a just society. CTWO seeks to galvanize public support for policies that both advance racial justice and promote equity in the arenas of gender, economics, and sexuality.  Since 1980 the CTWO has provided training and resources to promote and sustain political analysis, policy development, and collective action in communities of color across the U.S.  CTWO’s programs encompass 1) training of new and experienced organizers, including the well-known Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program, 2) establishing model multi-racial community organizations, and 3) building an active network of organizations and activists of color to achieve racial justice in its fullest dimensions.

1218 E. 21st Street
Oakland, CA 94606 


Apprenticeships and Training in Direct Action Organizing; Movement Support; and Organization Building

Coalition for Juvenile Justice

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) serves as a national resource on delinquency prevention and juvenile justice issues. CJJ is based in Washington, DC, yet reaches every U.S. state and territory. Nationwide, more than 1,500 CJJ volunteers from the public and private sector—professionals, concerned citizens, and advocates for children and families—participate as members of state advisory groups on juvenile justice. 

2030 M Street, NW
Suite 701
Washington DC 20036


Public Policy Development, Research, Advocacy
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ColorLines Magazine: Race, Culture, Action

ColorLines is published quarterly by the Applied Research Center (ARC). It is the first national, multi-racial magazine devoted to covering the politics and creations of communities of color.  We are a platform for challenging points-of-view.  We read in between the lines. We question the lines. We cross the lines.  We know that race is pervasive. Race matters. In 1903, W.E.B. DuBois wrote, "The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line." In the 21st century, the color lines are still drawn. That’s why we started ColorLines.  We bring together the leading thinkers and organizers of color and the leading writers on race to speak on the issues, the organizing, the arts, the ideas of our time.  America has been having a one-sided conversation– a half truth. We want to change that conversation … And to start new ones. 

PMB 319
Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611-5221
e-mail: Alternative Media

Community Justice Network for Youth

The Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY) is a unique collection of community-based programs that serve primarily young people of color. For too many years public officials and foundations did not include in their juvenile justice policies and practices the voices of people impacted by their decisions. The network is working to strengthen the national force of grass-roots organizations that serve young people of color, as well as provide a place for organizations to support each other.  CJNY believes that young people in trouble with the law can be served in their communities, and that their behaviors can change making them contributing and positive members of their communities. It is our belief that programs that come from grass-root efforts have much expertise in changing young people’s lives. We believe that there is tremendous value in the peer-to-peer exchange of ideas among community-based programs.

180 Howard Street
Suite 320
San Francisco, CA



Networking, Training and Technical Assistance

Covenant House

Covenant House provides residential and non-residential services to over 60,000 homeless youth a year. Over 13,000 young people come into Covenant House Crisis Shelters and Rights of Passage Programs. Another 24,000 receive help in Community Service Centers or in aftercare and prevention services. Outreach workers served an additional 28,000 youth on the street.

National Office:
1325 N. Western Avenue
Hollywood, CA
461-3131 Direct Services, Emergency Housing for Runaway/Homeless Youth including Youth Involved in Underground Street Economies (Sex Work, Drug Trade).
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Links and resources for researching the criminal justice system including defense-oriented coverage of crime news updated daily. CrimeLynx was developed in 1996 by a Denver-based criminal defense attorney to give legal practitioners, both experienced and new to the Internet, a solid starting point from which to venture out and gather the information they need without wasting valuable time trying to locate relevant links on their own.

Information Clearinghouse,
Research and Strategy Resource for Criminal Defense

Critical Resistance
Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope.

National Office:
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 504
Oakland, CA 94612

Northeast Regional Office:
460 W. 128th Street
New York, NY 10027

Southern Regional Office:
P.O. Box 791213
New Orleans, LA 70179

Los Angeles Office:
Chuco’s Justice Center

1137 E. Redondo Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90302




(323) 235-4243

or toll free (866)




Direct Action Organizing, Leadership Development, Movement Building
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DataCenter- Impact Research for Social  Justice

The DataCenter exists to build the capacity of a broad-based social justice movement that embodies, embraces, and honors diverse cultures to create the new systems and institutions essential to building a just and equitable world.  For the social justice movement to have an impact, community voices and action must be informed.  The DataCenter’s mission is to provide social justice advocates, especially the poor and people of color, access to strategic information, analysis, and research skills that will help them conduct more effective campaigns.

1904 Franklin Street, Suite 900
Oakland, CA
or (800)
735-3741 Strategic Analysis and Research Support to Social Justice Advocates and Organizers


Daytop has been providing drug-free counseling services since 1963, making it the oldest and largest drug-free, self help program in the United States.  We operate 26 sites across the country.  Over 100,000 individuals have reclaimed their lives with assistance of the program.  Daytop is based on the therapeutic community (TC) concept: a highly structured, family environment where positive peer interaction is emphasized. Separate and individualized programs are available for adolescents, adults, and all family members. The staff consists of professionals in the fields of psychology, social work, medicine and education, as well as Daytop graduates who have gone through intensive training and certification in counseling.

26 sites throughout the US 24-Hour Hot Line:

Drug Treatment, Alternatives to Court, Detention and Incarceration

Death Penalty Information Center

An exhaustive store of information and scholarship regarding the Death Penalty.

1320 18th Street NW,
5th Floor
Washington, DC  20036
293-6970 Information Clearinghouse on Death Penalty Information
including Research –
Data, Cases, Literature

Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 140 stations in North America.  Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, community, and National Public Radio stations, public access cable television stations, satellite television (on Free Speech TV, channel 9415 of the DISH Network), shortwave radio and the internet.  As part of its work,  Democracy Now! regularly covers police brutality, prisoners’ commentaries, and organizing to address the prison industrial complex, police accountability, prisoners’ rights and restorative justice.

PO Box 693
New York, NY

Alternative Media
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The Edward W. Hazen Foundation

The Edward W. Hazen Foundation is a 75-year old private foundation which seeks to assist young people, particularly minorities and those disadvantaged by poverty, to achieve their full potential as individuals and as active participants in a democratic society. The Foundation’s current grantmaking targets grassroots and community-based organizations working on public education and youth development. In the area of public education, we are primarily interested in parent and community organizing and training around public school reform issues. Similarly, in the area of youth development, we favor proposals that focus on training young people to become community organizers around concrete social issues, particularly public education.

309 Fifth Avenue
Room 200-3
New York, NY 10016


Funding for Youth-Led Organizing throughout the United States

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting – FAIR

FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. As an anti-censorship organization, we expose neglected news stories and defend working journalists when they are muzzled. As a progressive group, FAIR believes that structural reform is ultimately needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public broadcasting and promote strong non-profit sources of information.  Uniquely, FAIR works with both activists and journalists. We maintain a regular dialogue with reporters at news outlets across the country, providing constructive critiques when called for and applauding exceptional, hard-hitting journalism. We also encourage the public to contact media with their concerns, to become media activists rather than passive consumers of news.

112 W. 27th Street
New York, NY 10001 
Media Monitoring, Advocacy and Education

Foundation Center

Founded in 1956, the Center is the nation’s leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.  The Foundation Center’s mission is to support and improve philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grantseekers succeed. To achieve our mission, we: (1) Collect, organize, and communicate information on U.S. philanthropy; (2) Conduct and facilitate research on trends in the field; (3) Provide education and training on the grantseeking process; (4) Ensure public access to information and services through our World Wide Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of Cooperating Collections.

79 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
620-4230 or
424-9836 Research and Information Clearinghouse on Foundations that Provide Support to Non-Profits
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Funding Collaborative for Youth Organizing

The mission of the FCYO is to substantially increase the philanthropic investment in and strengthen the organizational capacities of youth organizing groups across the country.  The goals of the Collaborative are to: increase the level of funding directed towards youth organizing groups; support youth organizing groups to develop stable and sustainable organizations; and increase the awareness and understanding of youth organizing among funders and community organizations.

260 Fifth Ave.
Suite 701
New York, NY 10001
213-2113 Funding to Support Youth-Led Organizing throughout the U.S.

JEHT Foundation

The JEHT Foundation was established in April 2000 to support its donors’ interests in human rights, social justice and community building. The name JEHT stands for the core values that underlie the Foundation’s mission: Justice, Equality, Human Dignity and Tolerance. The Foundation has two programs — Community Justice (supporting local initiatives throughout the country) and International Justice (strengthening U.S. support and respect of international law and justice policies).

120 Wooster Street
Second Floor
New York, NY 10012

Funding to Organizations that Seek to Improve and/or Transform the Delivery of Juvenile and Criminal Justice

The Justice Policy Institute

The Justice Policy Institute is a Washington, DC-based think-tank that is committed to reducing society’s reliance on incarceration. Since 1996, JPI has evolved into one of the nation’s most thoughtful and progressive voices for crafting workable solutions to age-old problems plaguing our juvenile and criminal justice systems.  As part of this work, we seek to advance the quality and content of public discourse in the ongoing debate around juvenile and criminal justice system reform. JPI has successfully pursued this aspect of its goals in several ways, including: (1) Generating and releasing for policy maker, practitioner and media consumption, research and articles on a wide range of justice related issues designed to shift the debate in the direction of reform strategies; and  (2) Organizing natural constituencies into powerful voices for thoughtful reform, and public education campaigns to inform the public as to the benefits of community-based care.

4455 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Networking; Public Policy and Institutional/System Advocacy;  Research; Mainstream Media Advocacy and Education
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The Justice Project

The Justice Project is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to fighting injustice and to creating a more humane and just world. Founders of The Justice Project are men and women who as veterans have been willing to risk our lives fighting injustice. Our military experiences have left us with an understanding of human suffering and a desire to leave a legacy of fairness for future generations. The Justice Project uses the tools of social and political change — public education, coalition building, citizen action and direct political engagement with state and national lawmakers — to build bipartisan support to fight injustice.

The Justice Project’s current programs are the Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, the Nuclear Threat Reduction Campaign and the Artists’ Call for Justice.  The mission of The Justice Project’s Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform is to rally like minded Americans — all who will not tolerate even the thought, much less the reality, of one more innocent person forced to spend his or her life waiting to die. We believe that at the very least our justice system must guarantee that everyone has access to competent counsel, that everyone is given the opportunity to have the court hear all the facts, and that no one is denied access to evidence that might save their life.

1725 Eye St. NW
Fourth Floor
Washington, DC 20006-2412
638-5855 Arts Activism, Public Education and Mobilization, Coalition Building, Advocacy

Juvenile Law Center

The Juvenile Law Center is dedicated to ending mandatory zero tolerance policies in schools that unnecessarily arrest students. This site provides information on zero tolerance policies and provides resources for those helping to end them.

The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut Street
4th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Public Policy Development and Advocacy
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LISTEN – Local Initiative Support Training and Education Network

LISTEN’s mission is to develop leadership and strengthen the social capital of urban youth ages 14-29 for civic engagement and community problem solving.  LISTEN is a response to the public, private and independent sector’s inability to nurture and support the development of a successor generation of youth leadership in poor urban communities of color. This crisis in leadership development has significantly contributed to the nation’s seeming inability to solve its urban dilemmas or support the positive development of poor urban youth in their transition to responsible adulthood and civic participation in our democratic society. LISTEN recognizes that significant reform of policies, institutions, programs and organizations must occur if urban communities are to recover from the devastating impact of persistent poverty, addiction, disease, illiteracy, incarceration, and the collapse of traditional civil society: work, family, community and faith-based institutions.

413 A Eighth Street SE
Washington, DC
544-5520 Networking, Technical Assistance and Training for Organizations Engaged in Youth Organizing and Youth Development

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is an organization of Afrikans in America/New Afrikans whose mission is to defend the human rights of our people and promote self-determination in our community. We understand that the collective institutions of white-supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism have been at the root of our people’s oppression. We understand that without community control and without the power to determine our own lives, we will continue to fall victim to genocide. Therefore, we seek to heighten our consciousness about self-determination as a human right and a solution to our colonization. While organizing around our principles of unity, we are building a network of Black/New Afrikan activists and organizers committed to the protracted struggle for the liberation of the New Afrikan Nation.

MXG’s Central Brooklyn Community Cop Watch recognizes the right of Central Brooklyn residents to live free of oppression and human rights violations, as well as any community’s rights to observe and document abuse. The cop-watch program has established nightly patrols in the community to observe the police interactions with community residents. The program was developed with the advisory assistance of the Medgar Evers Center for Law and Social Justice and the National Conference of Black Lawyers. The program promotes a Five Point Program to Stop Police Brutality. These points were developed through our ongoing community surveys.

MXGM has chapters in Jackson, Mississippi; Brooklyn, NY; Decatur and Stone Mountain, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; New Rochelle, NY; and Oakland, California.  The contact info for sites not listed below is available of the website.

National Headquarters:
PO Box 31762
Jackson, MS. 39286

1195 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216
and 388 Atlantic Avenue
3 rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217

354- 8731

622- 8292



Community Education, Mobilization and Direct Action Organizing to Address Police Misconduct and Brutality; Police Monitoring
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MALDEF’s mission is to foster sound public policies, laws and programs to safeguard the civil rights of the 40 million Latinos living in the United States and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in our society.

634 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA
629-2512 Civil Rights Litigation and  Advocacy

Mother Jones Magazine

Mother Jones is an independent nonprofit whose roots lie in a commitment to social justice implemented through first rate investigative reporting. Mother Jones Magazine and are made possible, in large part, by the support of the Foundation for National Progress and through donations from readers.

731 Market Street
6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
e-mail: Alternative Media

Movement Strategy Center

The Movement Strategy Center (MSC) is a movement building intermediary that engages youth and adults across issues and regions – through a collective visioning and mapping process that encourages collaboration and joint strategizing in order to develop stronger, more effective movements for democracy, equity and social change. We are focusing intently on supporting the civic participation of youth and young adults and linking them to other community change efforts. Specifically, MSC provides organizational capacity building, mapping and research services, alliance building and network support to a myriad of youth organizing efforts.

1611 Telegraph Avenue
Suite 510
Oakland, CA
Training, Technical Assistance and Strategic Planning for Youth Organizing Groups

National Association of Sentencing Advocates

Established in 1992 by a group of dedicated professionals, the National Association of Sentencing Advocates is a professional membership organization of sentencing advocates and defense-based mitigation specialists. Members work with defense counsel on behalf of defendants, inmates, and parolees. Defense counsel and others interested in the Association’s goals and objectives are also counted amongst the membership.  The goals of the National Association of Sentencing Advocates include promoting the advancement of sentencing advocacy, promulgating professional standards and developing ethical standards of practice, providing education and training to the Association’s membership, and promoting effective responses to crime and confinement decisions and other criminal justice policies based upon principles of fairness, equity and human dignity.

c/o The Sentencing Project
514 Tenth Street NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004
Networking, Training and Technical Assistance to Support Legal Defense
Address Phone Website Type of Work

National Center for Youth Law

The National Center for Youth Law uses the law to protect children from the harms caused by poverty, and to improve the lives of children living in poverty. We work to: Protect abused and neglected children through work with advocates, foster parents, and others striving to reform state child welfare systems  Expand access to health care for children and youth through advocacy on the state and federal levels to see that children get the health insurance and health and mental health care services to which they are Secure public benefits to meet the special needs of children and youth, including TANF welfare benefits, especially for teenagers, and SSI benefits for disabled children and youth  Improve child support collection through a program of public information and advocacy to reform California’s child support collection program.

405 14th Street
15th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612-2701
(510) 835-8098 Child Rights Litigation and Advocacy

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Since its inception in 1976, NCADP has been the only fully staffed national organization exclusively devoted to abolishing capital punishment.  NCADP provides information, advocates for public policy, and mobilizes and supports individuals and institutions that share our unconditional rejection of capital punishment.

Our commitment to abolition of the death penalty is rooted in several critical concerns. First and foremost, the death penalty devalues all human life—eliminating the possibility for transformation of spirit that is intrinsic to humanity. Secondly, the death penalty is fallible and irrevocable—over one hundred people have been released from death row on grounds of innocence in this “modern era” of capital punishment.  Thirdly, the death penalty continues to be tainted with race and class bias.  It is overwhelming a punishment reserved for the poor (95% of the over 3700 people under death sentence could not afford a private attorney) and for racial minorities (55% are people of color).  Finally, the death penalty is a violation of our most fundamental human rights—indeed, the United States is the only western democracy that still uses the death penalty as a form of punishment. 

920 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003




Research, Public Education and Mobilization, Advocacy

National Crime Prevention Council

A national educational non-profit, NCPC is “the nation’s focal point for crime prevention information.”  NCPC’s mission is to enable people to create safer and more caring communities by addressing the causes of crime and violence and reducing the opportunities for crime to occur.

1000 Connecticut Avenue, NW
13th Floor
Washington, DC 20036 
466-6272 Information Clearinghouse; Training and Technical Assistance; Media Education and Advocacy; Public Education
Address Phone Website Type of Work

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)

NCJRS is the national resource center for research and publications on juvenile and criminal justice including all Department of Justice publications. NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development. NCJRS services and resources are available to anyone interested in crime and public safety including policymakers, practitioners, researchers, educators, community leaders, and the general public. NCJRS offers extensive reference and referral services to answer your questions about crime and justice-related research, policy, and practice. Staff can offer statistics and referrals, discuss publications, compile information packages, search for additional resources, and provide other technical assistance-all tailored to your particular information needs. Sponsoring government departments include: the U.S. Department of Justice – (Office of Justice Programs, Office of the Assistant Attorney General; Executive Office for Weed and Seed; Office of the Police Corps; Office on Violence Against Women; Bureau of Justice Assistance; Bureau of Justice Statistics; National Institute of Justice; Office for Victims of Crime; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; National Institute of Corrections; Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Office for Domestic Preparedness; Executive Office of the President; and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.  Data, research and program information and referral is available for each of the following: corrections, courts, drugs and crime, international trends and programs, juvenile justice, law enforcement, victims of crime, statistics, family violence, gangs, forensic science, prisoner reentry, school safety, club drugs, drug courts and hate crimes.

P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD





TTY Service:

criminal justice:
juvenile justice:

drug policy:                     

Information Clearinghouse for Criminal Justice Data, Research and Publications; Training and Technical Assistance

The National Lawyers Guild

The National Lawyers Guild is an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization that shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.  (Local chapters located throughout the U.S.)

143 Madison Ave
4th floor
New York, NY 10016

679-5100 Civil Rights Litigation and Advocacy
Address Phone Website Type of Work

National Narcotics Anonymous

The primary service provided by Narcotics Anonymous is the NA group meeting. Each group runs itself based on principles common to the entire organization, which are spelled out in NA’s literature.  Most groups rent space for their weekly meetings in buildings run by public, religious, or civic organizations. Individual members lead the NA meetings while other members take part by sharing in turn about their experiences in recovering from drug addition. Group members also share the activities associated with running a meeting.

PO Box 9999

Van Nuys,

California 91409

Also WSO Europe, 48 Rue de l’Ete/Zomerstraat 

B-1050 Brussels,Belgium



32-2-646-6012 –
Fax: 32-2-649-9239. Alternatives to Incarceration, Alcohol Treatment/Recovery


National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

The Freedom Center’s mission is to inspire people to speak up in the face of injustice and for the spirit of freedom. Just as so many people of all backgrounds did during the era of the Underground Railroad.


312 Elm Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


Tolerance, Violence Prevention

National Youth Court Center

The National Youth Court Center (NYCC) at the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) serves as a central point of contact for youth court programs across the nation. We serve as an information clearinghouse, provide training and technical assistance, and develop resource materials on how to develop and enhance youth court programs in the United States.

c/o American Probation and Parole Association
P.O. Box 11910
Lexington, KY
Information Clearinghouse; Training and Technical Assistance for Youth Courts which serve as Alternatives to Arrest, Court, Detention and/or Incarceration
Address Phone Website Type of Work

October 22 Coalition

The Oct 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation centers on the need to meet the intensifying, nationwide epidemic of police brutality with resistance on the national level, and organizes a National Day of Protest on October 22nd of each year.  October 22nd brings together people from different backgrounds and different races and nationalities, and provides a powerful platform for families who have been victimized by police brutality and murder.  October 22 also publishes Stolen Lives: Killed by Law Enforcement, in English and Spanish, a documentation of lives lost in the U.S.

National Office:
P.O. Box 2627
New York, NY 10009
with local groups throughout the U.S.
Research, Public Education and Mobilization to Address Police Brutality

Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
Since 1984 the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice has been responsible for providing federal direction in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems, increase knowledge about crime and related issues, and assist crime victims. OJP’s senior management team includes the Assistant Attorney General (AAG), the Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG), and five bureau heads. The OJP’s objective is to links you to research, statistics and federal resources on “developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime” including information on funding, training, programs, statistics and research on fighting crime, the justice system and crime victims.

U.S. Department
of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Go to
website for each depart-ment’s phone contact  info. U.S. Government’s Center for Research, Data, Training and Technical Assistance for the Development of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programs

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

The U.S. Government’s clearinghouse for Statistics, Research, Program and Policy Development, Training and Technical Assistance and Funding of Juvenile Justice Initiatives.  In addition OJJDP serves as a central resource for programs and research on U.S.- based juvenile justice practices, programs and policies. OJJDP is guided by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 1974 and subsequent amendments.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention:
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington DC 20531

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse:
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD

e-mail: (to ask questions)
online: (to order publications)
National Information Clearing-house; Statistics and Research; Program Development; Funding and Evaluation; Public Policy Development
Address Phone Website Type of Work

Pacific News Service

Pacific News Service is a nonprofit media organization that was founded in 1969 as an alternative source of news and analysis on the U.S. role in Vietnam. Since then, we have evolved into a highly experimental communications hub for journalists, scholars, filmmakers, artists and young people dedicated to bringing the seldom heard, often most misunderstood or ignored voices and ideas into the public forum. PNS produces a daily news syndicate and sponsors magazine articles, books, TV segments (including Richard Rodriguez’s essays for PBS’s "News Hour with Jim Lehrer") and films (including the 1997 Oscar-winning documentary "Breathing Lessons").  Youth-produced media by PNS includes The Beat Within – writings by youth in juvenile hall (see separate description under California’s local listings.)

275 9th Street
San Francisco, CA


503-4170 Alternative Media

Prison Activist Resource Center

PARC is committed to exposing and challenging the institutionalized racism of the criminal justice system and to further developing anti-racism as individuals and throughout our organization.  We provide support for educators, activists, prisoners, and prisoners’ families. This work includes building networks for action and producing materials that expose human rights violations while fundamentally challenging the rapid expansion of the prison industrial complex.  The prisonact-list run by the Prison Activist Resource Center (PARC) is intended to keep prison activists, as well as the public, informed on the prison crisis in the US, and the world.  To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the prisonact-list Archives. To post a message to all the list members, send email to

P.O. Box 339
Berkeley, CA 94612
(510) 893-4648 Networking, Activist Support

Prison News Service

Prison News Service offers news, analysis and commentary from prisons in the United States and Canada. Written mainly by prisoners, for prisoners, their families, friends and supporters, PNS reflects the diversity of prison population and the range of their interests. It is a 20-page tabloid, and is published 5 times per year. It features many great graphics and includes many original works.

PSC Publishers
Box 5052, Stn. A
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5W 1W4

Alternative Media (news, stories) on Prisoners’ Rights and Experiences

Public Allies

Public Allies supports diverse young leaders, ages 18-30, to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation.   Allies participate in ten-month, full-time, paid apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations, weekly leadership trainings, and teamservice projects.  Eleven communities have Public Allies programs: Estes Park, Colorado, Los Angeles, New York City, Milwaukee, Chicago, Cincinatti, DC, Delaware, Silicon Valley, Taos and Raleigh-Durham. 

633 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Suite 610
Milwaukee, WI
Leadership Development
Address Phone Website Type of Work

Refuse and Resist Youth Network

A national youth activist network organizing around a range of issues, including Mumia Abu-Jamal’s incarceration, reproductive freedom, immigrant rights, privacy and police brutality.  (Refuse and Resist is the organization for everyone who refuses to go along with today’s national agenda of repression and cruelty, poverty and punishment. RnR mobilizes activist networks of all ages that work on a number of issues.)

305 Madison Ave.
Suite 1166
New York, NY 10165



(212) 713-5657
Direct Action Organizing, Community Education and Mobilization


Resist funds activist organizing and education work within movements for social change.  Resist began in 1967 with a "call to resist illegitimate authority," in support of draft resistance and in opposition to the Vietnam War. That history sustains us as our movement evolves and as our concerns broaden and deepen.  Resist continues to see itself as: “an activist foundation that strives for social change and works against injustice; a grantmaker for groups defending the rights of lesbians and gay men, workers, women, the poor, native people, people of color, the disabled, and immigrants; a different kind of funding organization seeking outgroups that withstand reactionary government policies, corporate arrogance, and right-wing fanaticism through organizing, education and action. 

Resist, Inc.
259 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02144 

Funding to Support Social Justice Organizations

Ruckus Society

Working with a broad range of communities, organizations, and movements – from high school students to professional organizations – Ruckus facilitates the sharing of information and expertise that strengthens the capacity to change our relationship with the environment and each other. The Ruckus Society provides training in the skills of non-violent civil disobedience to help environmental and human rights organizations achieve their goals. The site offers training manuals for non-violent protest and information about action camps.

369 15th Street
Oakland, CA 94612



(510) 763-7078
Training, Movement Support, Community Education and Mobilization
Address Phone Website Type of Work

The Sentencing Project

The Sentencing Project promotes reduced reliance on incarceration and increased use of more effective and humane alternatives to deal with crime. It is a nationally recognized source of criminal justice policy analysis, data, and program information and is seen as a national leader in the development of alternative sentencing programs. The organization has provided technical assistance and helped establish alternative sentencing programs in more than 22 states and consulted on issues such as juvenile detention, racial disparity, and the trial of juveniles in adult court. The Sentencing Project has also sponsored the development of the National Association of Sentencing Advocates, for courtroom professionals who assist in the sentencing defense of persons charged with crimes.

514 Tenth Street, NW

Suite 1000

Washington DC 20004
628-0871 Research, Court Support for Criminal Defense, Program Development, Community and Media Education, and Public Policy Development to Promote Criminal Justice Reform including Alternatives to Incarceration

SOUL – School of Unity and Liberation

SOUL’s mission is to serve as a training center to develop a new multi-racial generation of young organizers – especially young women, young people of color, queer youth and low-income youth – who will have the skills and the vision they need to struggle for the liberation of all oppressed people. These young leaders need to be trained in nuts-and-bolts organizing skills to mobilize their communities, and they need to develop visions for social change. SOUL strives to support the growing youth movement – designing political education, organizing skills trainings and technical assistance programs to meet the special needs of our generation. Whenever you walk into SOUL’s office, you can feel the energy and the hope of a movement gaining momentum. And you can feel how much the youth movement needs a center like SOUL to survive. SOUL has also developed several training manuals to support the youth movement. 

c/o Youth
Empowerment Center
1357 Fifth Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Training, Technical Assistance and Leadership Development for Young Organizers

The SPIN Project

The SPIN (Strategic Press Information Network) Project provides comprehensive media training, intensive media strategizing, and resources to community organizations across the country. SPIN helps grow the capacity of grassroots groups to shape public opinion and garner positive media attention. We believe there is a direct correlation between a community’s improved media skills and its ability to get good press. A little training, strategizing and media planning goes a long way in changing how advocates relate to the media and the type of press they receive.

c/o Independent
Media Institute
77 Federal Street
2nd floor
San Francisco, CA
284-1420 x309
  Media Training for Social Justice Organizations; Media Advocacy and Education
Address Phone Website Type of Work was created to share research and media articles on gangs and gang issues in the United States. 

PO Box 18238
Los Angeles, California 90018
e-mail: 8002491324@
Alternative Media, Public Education and Research

The Surdna Foundation

The Surdna Foundation funds groups based in the U.S. that are engaging youth in community activism  through its Effective Citizenry program. The goal of the program is to support young people to take direct action to solve serious problems in their schools, neighborhoods and the larger society.  Specifically, Surdna Foundation funds efforts that: (1) Help young people (primarily teenagers and young adults) be effective, problem-solving citizens today.  (2) Improve practices and performance of organizations that help young people move through leadership development and into productive action.  (3) Advance and build theory, research, documentation, training, technical support, networks and policies that will anchor and expand this work.  (4) Develop a network of activists, allies and funders who can build a field of effective citizenry.  Go to the web-site for more information on the application process.

330 Madison Avenue, 30th Floor

New York, NY 10017

Funding for youth organizing, advocacy, research and other youth activist efforts.

Truth in Justice

Truth in Justice is a non-profit organization working to address the epidemic of wrongful convictions.  We fight to free wholly innocent men and women convicted of crimes they did not commit, and to prevent wrongful convictions by educating the public regarding the vulnerabilities in the U. S. criminal justice system that make these miscarriages possible. Research and case information available on the web site includes Junk Science, Police and Prosecutor Misconduct, Wrongfully Accused Cops, Death Penalty Cases, and False Child Abuse Claims.


Research, Media Advocacy and Education, Public Education
Address Phone Website Type of Work

U.S. Department of Justice

The stated mission of the Department of Justice, headed by the Attorney General (currently John Ashcroft) is to: enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; to administer and enforce the Nation’s immigration laws fairly and effectively; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

According to DOJ’s current leadership, “The Department of Justice’s first priority is to prevent future terrorist attacks. Since its passage following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Patriot Act has played a key part – and often the leading role – in a number of successful operations to protect innocent Americans from the deadly plans of terrorists dedicated to destroying America and our way of life. While the results have been important, in passing the Patriot Act, Congress provided for only modest, incremental changes in the law. Congress simply took existing legal principles and retrofitted them to preserve the lives and liberty of the American people from the challenges posed by a global terrorist network.”  The DOJ has been responsible for the recent development of The Patriot Act and Patriot Act II.

950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC



Office of the Attorney General:
e-mail: including to e-mail the Attorney General

To contact component officials, see the Directory of Department Officials. To call an individual employee, search the DOJ Employee Directory. Both are available on the website.

Public Program and Policy Development
For Domestic Law Enforcement, Policing, Courts, Prisons, and Immigration Enforcement including Border Patrol

We Interrupt This Message

We Interrupt This Message is a national non-profit media strategy and training center dedicated to building capacity in grassroots and public interest organizations to conduct traditional media work as well as to reframe public debate and interrupt media stereotypes.  Interrupt provides media training, technical assistance, and strategic media consulting, endowing advocates and activists with the power to inject new messages and ideas into the media debate, pave the way for campaign victories, and lay the groundwork for larger victories in the future. Interrupt was founded on the belief that marginalized communities and their advocates need to be able to *change* media coverage as well as *get* media coverage in order to promote the well-being of their communities. 

2588 Mission St.
Room 212
San Francisco, CA 94110

Media Monitoring, Education and Advocacy; Training and Technical Assistance for Social Justice Organizations on Media Literacy and Access

Address Phone Website Type of Work

What Kids Can Do

What Kids Can Do is a national nonprofit organization founded in the winter of 2001 to document the value of young people working with adults on projects that combine powerful learning with public purpose for an audience of educators and policy makers, journalists, community members, and students.  We put youth voices and work at the forefront of all we produce, on the web and in print anthologies of work by and for students. Their energy, idealism, and new knowledge will grow and thrive, we believe, only when our nation fosters more spacious expectations and opportunities for youth of every description.  We aim to stand at the intersection of journalism, research, and advocacy.

P.O. Box 603252
Providence, RI
247-7665 Research, Public Policy Development, Alternative Media


WireTap is the independent information source by and for socially conscious youth. We showcase investigative news articles, personal essays and opinions, artwork and activism resources that challenge stereotypes, inspire creativity, foster dialogue and give young people a voice in the media. The WireTap Web portal provides a new generation of writers, artists and activists a space to network, organize and mobilize.

c/o Independent Media Institute
77 Federal Street
San Francisco, CA
For more information about WireTap:
To submit writing to WireTap:
To submit artwork to the Gallery:
Alternative Media, Activist Arts


YouthAction is a national organization that provides resources for building a social change movement in which young people play an important role in creating and fighting for solutions to the problems affecting them and their communities. YouthAction works together with community based organizations in socially and economically oppressed communities and specifically with communities of color, low income, and LGBTQ communities to actively involve young people in community organizing efforts for social, economic, and environmental justice.

PO Box 12372
Albuquerque, NM



(505) 873-3345
Networking, Training and Technical Assistance to Youth Organizing Groups Throughout the U.S. with an emphasis on serving organizations in the Southeast and Southwest
Address Phone Website Type of Work


YouthBuild USA is the national nonprofit support center and intermediary for the YouthBuild movement. It is also the home of the YouthBuild Coalition and the YouthBuild USA Affiliated Network. The goal of the YouthBuild movement is to create and sustain a broad-based national movement in support of policies and programs which enable young people to assume leadership in order to rebuild their communities and lead responsible lives.  YouthBuild sites across the country work to train youth in construction, while also helping them to finish high school and to find employment.

58 Day Street
P.O. Box 440322
Somerville, MA
Advocacy and service to provide Job Training and Leadership Development as an Alternatives to Incarceration and as an option for youth who are out of school

Youth Law Center

The Youth Law Center is a non-profit, public interest law office that has worked to protect abused and at-risk children since 1978. With offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., the Center works nationally to serve children, focusing particularly upon the problems of children living apart from their families in child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The goal of the Youth Law Center’s work is to ensure that vulnerable children are provided with the conditions and services they need to grow into healthy, productive adults. Staff attorneys investigate reports of abuse of children in adult jails, juvenile detention facilities, state institutions, and child welfare systems, and use training, technical assistance and negotiation to bring about needed change. If abusive conditions or practices continue, the Center uses litigation as a last resort to protect children and ensure humane treatment.

Youth Law Center
Children’s Legal Protection Center
417 Montgomery Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94104-1121

Washington, D.C.:
Youth Law Center
Children’s Legal Protection Center
1010 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Suite 310
Washington, DC 20005-4902

(415) 543-3379

e-mail: ylc@youth
Training and Technical Assistance to Systems/Institutions; Litigation; Advocacy
Address Phone Website Type of Work

Youth Speak

YouthSpeak is a grassroots citizen organization working to empower youth and allow youth to make the democratic choices that affect their lives — especially through voting. YouthSpeak is the only nationwide organization whose sole purpose is to allow youth under the age of 18 the right to vote.
Public Policy Development, Advocacy, Public Education to expand voting rights

Youth Vote Coalition

Youth Vote is the nation’s largest non-partisan coalition working to increase the political involvement of 50 million Americans, 18-30 years old. The Youth Vote Coalition consists of over one hundred diverse national organizations representing hundreds of organizations and millions of young people. 

1010 Vermont Ave. NW
Suite 715
Washington, DC 20005
783-4751 Mobilizing Youth Electoral Power