Mission: Foremost champion of individual rights in texas. Litigating and educating the public on a broad array of issues affecting individual freedom in texas.
Programs: Immigrant rights - the foundation is identifying appropriate targets for litigation, including sexual assault, the mistreatment and denial of adequate medical care to immigrant detainees and prisoners, and the use of racial profiling and other inappropriate and potentially unconstitutional law enforcement tactics such as violations of the 4th, 5th and 14th amendments by local jurisdictions in the border region.
the legal program's principal role is to litigate cases concerning civil rights and civil liberties in texas. In addition, the foundation files letter briefs to the attorney general on constitutional issues and frequently resolves numerous civil rights violations without litigation after bringing the violation to the attention of the relevant government body and cooperating to identify a remedy. The legal program also conducts continuing legal education presentations.
public policy program - the public policy program develops policy papers for use in the foundation's education programs and as research for litigation efforts. The program has put a priority on several issues this past year, one of the most important being reproductive justice and abortion rights. The project is a long-term campaign to change the conversation around reproductive justice - reclaiming the health and safety frame; developing new messengers, particularly among the rising electorate; and mobilizing the silent majority. The specific goals include 1) expanding legal safeguards of women's reproductive autonomy; 2) promoting policy reforms that enhance reproductive and parental autonomy generally; and, 3) building statewide support for better reproductive health policy making in texas.