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Women's Issues


Alliance for Justice

The Alliance for Justice is a national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, children's and consumer advocacy organizations. Since its inception in 1979, the Alliance has worked 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 Association of University Women Legal Advocacy Fund

The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund provides funding and a support system for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination. The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund is the nation's largest legal fund focused solely on sex discrimination in higher education. Since 1981, the organization has helped students, faculty, staff, and administrators in higher education challenge discriminatory practices such as sexual harassment, denial of tenure or promotion, pay inequity, and inequality in women's athletics programs.

American Bar Association Commission on Immigration

The Commission directs Association efforts to ensure fair and unbiased treatment, and full due process rights, for immigrants and refugees within the United States. Acting in coordination with other Association entities, as well as governmental and non-governmental bodies, the Commission: advocates for appropriate statutory and regulatory modifications in law and governmental practice consistent with Association policy; provides continuing education and timely information about trends, court decisions and pertinent developments for members of the legal community, judges, affected individuals and the public; and develops and assists the on-going operation of pro bono programs that encourage volunteer lawyers to provide high quality, effective legal representation for individuals in immigration courts, with special emphasis on the needs of the most vulnerable immigrant and refugee populations.

American Civil Liberties Union - National Prison Project

The National Prison Project of the ACLU Foundation focuses on issues relating to prisoners’ rights and conditions of confinement. All clients are prisoners and the project handles a caseload of approximately 25 cases per year, primarily class actions.

American Civil Liberties Union - Washington Legislative Office

The WLO is responsible for the federal lobbying program of the ACLU. It advocates before Congress and the executive branch on the full range of civil liberties issues including national security, free speech, privacy, racial justice, immigrants’ rights, reproductive freedom, religious liberty, LGBT rights, and criminal justice.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

The Jewish Fderation of Greater Wahsington periodically provides direct representation to plaintiffs in religious, racial, and gender discrimination cases, with a special focus on cases involving religious liberty and/or separation of church and state. AJ Congress also files amicus briefs in appellate cases pertaining to religious freedom, separation of church and state, reproductive freedom, civil rights, and a variety of other issues. Finally, AJ Congress has in the past provided pro bono legal assistance to disadvantaged members of the local Jewish community, who are in need of legal representation, especially recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union. The cases cover a wide range of areas, including landlord/tenant and immigration.

American University Washington College of Law Clinical Program

Civil Practice, Community and Economic Development, Criminal Justice, D.C. Law Students in Court, Domestic Violence, Intellectual Property, International Human Rights, Federal Tax, Women and the Law. Students may only receive pro bono credit of they are not also receiving academic credit.

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)

ADA is the nation’s oldest, liberal, independent political organization. It focuses on economic, military, foreign, social, and environmental issues, and maintains a political action committee (ADA/PAC). It publishes a weekly legislative newsletter for liberal activists and a quarterly newsletter.           

Archdiocesan Legal Network (ALN)

ALN provides referrals to attorneys and will occasionally directly handle matters in the following areas: domestic relations, labor/employment disputes, public entitlements, bankruptcy or insolvency resulting from medical debt or job loss, wills and probate, guardianship and landlord/tenant relations.

Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) is a non-governmental organization (NGO), founded in 1991 by a group of prominent human rights defenders in Latin America and the Caribbean. CEJIL's principle objective is to achieve the full implementation of international human rights norms in the member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) through the use of the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights and other international protection mechanisms. CEJIL’s mandate is fulfilled through work in three program areas: the Legal Defense Program, the Training and Dissemination Program, and the Campaign to Strengthen the Inter-American System.

DC Prisoners Legal Services Project

The DC Prisoners Legal Services Project is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to providing civil legal services to people incarcerated in the District of Columbia. Intern activities may include screening and responding to prisoner letters and phone calls as part of the intake process; interviewing clients; performing legal research on prisoners' rights issues including constitutional claims, medical malpractice, negligence, etc.; performing research relating to DC criminal justice policy and legislation; other special projects as needed.

Global Rights: Partners for Justice

Global Rights works to promote just societies founded on human rights. The Law Group is involved in human rights litigation, advocacy, and training in countries around the world.

Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.

NARAL Pro-Choice America

For more than thirty years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has been the leading national advocate for personal privacy and a woman’s right to choose. NARAL Pro-Choice America's mission is to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. NARAL Pro-Choice America works to educate Americans and officeholders about the broad range of issues encompassing a woman’s right to choose and elect pro-choice candidates at all levels of government.

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana/Center for the Study of Drug Policy

NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.

National Partnership for Women and Families

The National Partnership for Women & Families is 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 Senior Citizens Law Center

The National Senior Citizens Law Center advocates nationwide to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly individuals and persons with disabilities. NSCLC advocates through litigation, legislative and agency representation and assistance to attorneys and paralegals in field programs.

National Women's Health Network

The Network acts as an educational and advocacy organization for women’s health concerns.

Pension Rights Center

The Pension Rights Center is the country's only consumer organization dedicated solely to protecting and promoting the pension rights of American workers, retirees and their families. The Center identifies inequities in America's pension systems, proposes realistic reform measures, and helps employees and retirees understand and enforce their legal rights.

Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington’s mission is to provide high quality, affordable reproductive health care; promote education programs that empower all individuals to make informed and responsible reproductive choices; and to protect the right to make those choices.

Tahirih Justice Center

The Center represents immigrant and refugee women and girls in gender-based political asylum and other immigration cases. Clients face abuses such as rape, domestic violence, honor crimes, female genital mutilation, trafficking, involuntary servitude, and forced marriage. Legal interns participate in the following, under the direct supervision of an attorney: In-depth phone and in-person client interviews, affidavit drafting, evidence gathering, soliciting expert statements, legal and country conditions research, correspondence, legal briefs, trial preparation, and observation of court proceedings.

Washington Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

The Committee handles a full range of civil rights litigation, focusing on equal employment opportunity, fair housing, police misconduct, public accommodations, immigrant and refugee rights, and disability rights.

Women's Collective

The mission of The Women’s Collective is to meet the self-defined needs of women and their families living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS and reduce barriers to care and strengthening their network of support and services. As a DC-based nonprofit organization led by women with HIV and their allies/advocates, The Women’s Collective fulfills its mission by providing: services that are peer-based, woman-focused, family-centered and culturally sensitive; a safe, non-judgmental environment for all women regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, income, educational level, marital status, personal appearance, place of residence or business, family responsibilities, school enrollment, political affiliation, or source of income; and a voice for women who are at risk for or living with HIV and their families through advocacy at the local, national and international levels. The Women’s Collective also creates partnerships among service providers, governmental, non-governmental and private entities.

Women's Research and Education Institute

Since 1977, members of Congress have looked to the Women's Research & Education Institute for nonpartisan information and policy analysis on women's equity issues. Over the years, WREI's reputation as a source of reliable data and clear thinking about the status of American women has traveled far beyond the nation's Capitol. WREI's mission is to identify issues affecting women and their roles in the family, workplace, and public arena, and to inform and help shape the public policy debate on these issues.