LEGAL REDRESS

The Legal Redress Committee works to address legal issues in our communities. The YJCW NAACP Branch aims to increase the awareness of injustices. Our goal is to build community partnerships and take a proactive approach to address disparate treatment of blacks in all aspects of law enforcement, education, employment, and the legal system. The Legal Redress Committee does not provide legal representation, but will investigate complaints that cover the full range of civil rights concerns (employment discrimination, education, courtroom justice, housing, retail service, etc.), and may provide referrals and other assistance.

Please call (757) 229-3113 or email to naacp@yjcwnaacp.org.

 

Resources

  • Drive-To-Work Drive-To-Work is a Richmond, Virginia based non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. It assists qualifying low-income and previously incarcerated persons to restore driving privileges so they can drive to work and hold a job.
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia (ACLU) The American Civil Liberties Union is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
  • Revive My Vote Revive My Vote, affiliated with the College of William & Mary Law School, is a free and confidential service that helps people with prior felony convictions restore their voting rights. Revive My Vote works with the Secretary of Commonwealth’s office to create a network of volunteer students, attorneys, and others who want to help.
  • Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia – Williamsburg Office A non-profit law firm that provides representation in civil matters to the low-income residents of Hampton Roads with offices in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Williamsburg and Belle Haven.
  • Virginia State Conference of NAACP The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination.
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Norfolk Office The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives NOBLE seeks to ensure equity in the administration of justice in the provision of public service to all communities, and to serve as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. The goal of NOBLE is to be recognized as a highly competent, public service organization that is at the forefront of providing solutions to law enforcement issues and concerns, as well as to the ever-changing needs of our communities.
  • The Council on Legal Education Opportunity CLEO is a non-profit project of the American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education to expand opportunities for minorities and low-income students to attend law school and become members of the legal profession by providing pre-law recruitment, counseling, placement assistance and training.
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. The LDF was founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall. Although LDF’s primary purpose was to provide legal assistance to poor African Americans, its work over the years has brought greater justice to all Americans.
  • Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under The Law The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities.  The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity – work that continues to be vital today.
  • The Innocence Project The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

 

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