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National Organizations

ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project seeks an end to excessively harsh crime policies that result in mass incarceration and stand in the way of a just and equal society.

ACLU's LGBT Project works for the creation of a society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people enjoy the constitutional rights of equality, privacy and personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.

Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice.

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health’s mission is to increase access to comprehensive, effective and affirming health care services for trans and gender-variant communities.

CenterLink is a coalition of LGBT community centers. Your local community center may be a great resource or offer support services.

The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse  collects documents and information from civil rights cases in specific case categories across the United States. It is available to scholars, teachers, students, policymakers, advocates and the public, to allow greater understanding of civil rights litigation in this country.

Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the prison industrial complex (PIC) by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.

Equality Federation is the movement builder and strategic partner to state-based organizations advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The Equity Project is an initiative to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in juvenile delinquency courts are treated with dignity, respect and fairness.

INCITE!  is a nation-wide network of radical feminists of color working to end violence against women, gender non-conforming and trans people of color, and our communities.

The Latino Commission on AIDS is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States.

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.

The NAACP Criminal Justice Department’s goal is to advocate for and advance a better public safety system that reduces the reliance on prisons as means of solving social problems, advances effective law enforcement and removes barriers to voting and employment for formerly incarcerated people.

The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) is a non-profit organization that brings together individuals or agencies working to establish or improve oversight of police officers in the United States.

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

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within LGBTQH communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs, affiliate organizations and individual affiliates who create systemic and social change.

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans by conducting applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas—assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s mission is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement.

The National Police Accountability Project (NPAP) was founded with the intent of helping to end police abuse of authority and to provide support for grassroots and victims’ organizations combating police misconduct.

The National Police Misconduct Reporting Project gathers reports of credible allegations of police misconduct so policymakers (and others) can make informed assessments of the nature and circumstances of police misconduct and consider proposals that can minimize wrongdoing.

The Open Society Justice Initiative uses law to protect and empower people around the world. Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, the Justice Initiative promotes human rights and builds legal capacity for open societies.

Police Assessment Resource Center is a non-profit organization that, in cooperation with monitors, law enforcement executives, civic and government officials, community groups, and other interested constituencies, aims to strengthen police oversight so as to advance effective, respectful, and publicly accountable policing.             

Project South works at the local, regional and national levels to dismantle systems of poverty, racism, and violence while also building community power.

Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools - at home and all over the world - become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

 Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA is a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy.

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State Organizations

Alabama

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.

 

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Arizona

One Voice Community Center serves as a cultural focal point uniting LGBT individuals and organizations and reinvests in the community by providing vital educational, social and wellness programs in the Metro Phoenix area.

Wingspan’s mission is to promote the freedom, equality, safety and well-being of LGBT people.

 

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California

Communities United Against Violence works to build the power of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) communities to transform violence and oppression.

El/La is an organization for transgender Latinas (translatinas) that works to build collective vision and action to promote our survival and improve our quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area.

People United for a Better Life in Oakland’s mission is to advocate for the needs of low-income residents of Oakland, most of them people of color, by grassroots organizing, offering leadership training and initiating policy reform

 

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Colorado

The Colorado Anti-Violence Program has been dedicated to eliminating violence within and against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities in Colorado, and providing the highest quality services to survivors.  

 

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District of Columbia

The DC Trans Coalition (DCTC) is a volunteer, grassroots, community-based organization dedicated to fighting for human rights, dignity and liberation for transgender, transsexual and gender-diverse people in the District of Columbia.

The DC Center for the LGBT Community’s mission is to celebrate, strengthen, and support community among the GLBT residents and organizations of Metropolitan Washington, DC.

Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) work to reduce violence against LGBT individuals in the District of Columbia through community outreach, education and monitoring of cases to ensure that the rights and dignity of LGBT victims are respected and protected.

 

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Florida

Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The Power U Center for Social Change is a grassroots membership organization based in Overtown, the historic black community of Miami, Florida.

 

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Georgia

Copwatch of East Atlanta is a group of civilians organized to protect our communities from police abuse.

Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) works for the advancement of Latino immigrants in Georgia.

Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP) is the statewide coalition of organizations and individuals working to end the death penalty, build power in communities targeted by the criminal justice system, protect the rights and dignity of those on death row and their families and transform Georgia’s broken public safety system.

The Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline (Gwinnett STOPP) is a community centered partnership approach to dismantling the school to prison pipeline in Gwinnett County.

The Southern Center for Human Rights provides legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenges human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeks through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocates for criminal justice system reforms on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States.

Southerners On New Ground (SONG) is 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 South.

 

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Illinois

Center on Halsted is a comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland.

 

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Kansas

The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) is committed to providing domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes advocacy, education and support to the LGBT community in western Missouri, eastern Kansas, with a focus on the Kansas City area.

 

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Louisiana

BreakOUT! (New Orleans) seeks to end the criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth who are directly impacted by the criminal or juvenile justice system in New Orleans and seeks to empower LGBTQ youth through organizing, healing justice  and leadership development programs.

Capital City Alliance (Baton Rouge, LA) works to improve the quality of life for LGBT people and their allies in greater Baton Rouge through education, communication, advocacy and community building.

Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) is a statewide membership-based organization that fights for a better life for all of Louisiana’s youth, especially those involved in or targeted by the juvenile justice system.

Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL) seeks to transform the juvenile justice system into one that builds on the strengths of young people, families and communities to ensure children are given the greatest opportunities to grow and thrive.

 

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Massachusetts

Fenway Community Health Center – The Violence Recovery Program (VRP) provides counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) victims of bias crime, domestic violence, sexual assault and police misconduct.

 

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Michigan

Equality Michigan - The Department of Victim Services works to serve as a liaison between law enforcement agencies and the LGBT community. We investigate allegations of police misconduct and provide advocacy to individuals seeking justice.

The Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center aims to provide information, support and fellowship for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of the greater Kalamazoo community.

 

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Minnesota

Communities United Against Police Brutality is a Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis to create a climate of resistance to abuse of authority by police organizations and to empower local people with a structure that can take on police brutality and actually bring it to an end.

OutFront Minnesota's Anti-Violence Program is a broad-based effort to end violence and harassment against LGBT community members in Minnesota as well as to be a place for victim/survivors of violence to receive support, information, resources and advocacy services.

 

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New York

The Ali Forney Center  makes a difference by rescuing kids from the dangers of the streets and placing them into our safe, homelike environments.

The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender-NonConforming People of Color center for community organizing, working for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice.

The Bronx Defenders provides innovative, holistic, and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal services, social work support and advocacy to indigent people of the Bronx.

Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence works to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City. CAAAV organizes communities to fight for institutional change and participates in a broader movement towards racial, gender and economic justice.

Cop Watch NYC exists to help citizens document police conduct and hold the police accountable. They provide resources, support and best practices for individuals, organizations and teams of community members who want to safely and legally conduct Cop Watch in their communities. copwatchnyc.org

The Legal Aid Society is a nonprofit legal services organization that provides legal representation to low-income New Yorkers in criminal, civil and juvenile rights issues.

Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment (FIERCE) is a membership-based organization building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in New York City.

Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy.

The Justice Committee is a Latina/Latino-led organization dedicated to building a movement against police violence and systemic racism in New York City.

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth works to build community, provide a home and safe space for all, end anti-GLBT bullying, and prevent suicide.

Make the Road New York builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education and survival services.

New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.\

Nodutdol seeks to bridge divisions created by war, nation, gender, sexual orientation, language, class, and generation among Koreans through grassroots organizing and community development, and to empower our community to address the injustices we and other people of color face here and abroad.

Streetwise and Safe (SAS) is a project by and for youth of color in New York City that shares the ins & outs, do’s & don’ts, and street politics of encounters between LGBTQQ youth of color and the police.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.

 

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Ohio

The Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) is your link to survivor advocacy and assistance regarding hate crimes, discrimination, domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland advances the rights, respect and diversity of the LGBT community.

 

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South Carolina

The Harriet Hancock LGBT Center offers a variety of resources including a free lending library, meeting spaces for LGBT-supportive groups and a directory of LGBT-friendly businesses, organizations and counselors.

 

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Washington

Gender Justice League seeks to empower trans* activists and our allies to fight oppression based on gender & sexuality in Washington State and to create a community where trans* people can live their lives safely, true to themselves and free from discrimination.

The Seattle Young People’s Project is a youth-led, adult supported social justice organization that empowers youth to express themselves and to take action on the issues that affect their lives.

Stonewall Youth is an organization of youth, activists, and allies that empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) youth to speak for themselves, educate their communities and support each other.

 

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Wisconsin

FORGE Transgender Survivor Project is a progressive organization whose mission is to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies).

 

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