Law for the Public Interest
A New Tool In the Fight for Fairness, Equality and Justness
The growing need for public interest law has brought about the birth of a new legal foundation, Advocates for Justice. Emerging from the work of community activists and the progressive legal community, Advocates for Justice is a strong and loud voice in the fight for social justice.
Advocates for Justice is a voice for “the Other America,” the vast majority of the American people who work hard, live righteous lives, but have to struggle for survival. Advocates for Justice fights banks, credit card companies, polluters, greedy developers and employers who mistreat their employees. Advocates for Justice fight for racial justice, and against discrimination against people because of their sex, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation. Advocates for Justice fight for Civil Liberties – most especially the right of free speech. Advocates for Justice will make a special cause out of representing those who organize poor and working people – community groups, community organizers, unions, workplace activists – and who often do so against immense odds and with great self-sacrifice.
Our first project is the 9/11 Zadroga Victims Compensation Project, an effort to represent thousands of Lower Manhattan and North Brooklyn residents and students, and those who worked on the rescue efforts, who were poisoned and emotionally bruised from the World Trade Center attack and its aftermath. We believe that thousands of people, without access to our efforts, would not otherwise apply for benefits under the Zadroga 9-11 Health and Compensation Act.
In the future, we will bring litigation around environmental justice, civil rights and civil liberties, environmental pollution, consumer fraud, and workplace rights, working in a way which aids efforts to organize at the grassroots level.
Advocates for Justice is recognized as a tax-exempt public foundation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal revenue Code. Contributions are tax deductible.