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Southern Center for Human Rights

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Inmate Support, Public Interest Law

Mission: The Center was created in 1976 to respond to the deplorable conditions in prisons and jails in the South and the United States Supreme Court's decision that year allowing the resumption of capital punishment. Since its creation, the Center has been engaged in litigation, public education, advocacy, and work with other organizations and individuals to protect the civil and human rights of people prosecuted in the criminal courts, particularly those facing the death penalty, and confined in the prisons and jails of the South.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Southern Center for Human Rights does important work advocating for those who may otherwise not have a voice. In addition to impact litigation (including Supreme Court wins), they do amazing community outreach and education. Their symposia, educational programs, and Justice Salons help the community learn about criminal justice reform, why it's important, and most importantly, what they can do to help.

1 Amy D.9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The work that SCHR does is very often work that no one else wants to do. However, it is essential to equity and fairness in the Southeast and in our country, generally. The fervor, humility and thoughtfulness that all those from SCHR whom I have met bring to this work on a daily basis is truly daunting. I can’t think of a more worthy organization.

While all of SCHR’s work is incredibly compelling! But, I would have to say that its efforts to combat the criminalization of those living in poverty is the aspect of its work that I find the most compelling. If a nation can be judged on how those in poverty are treated, we’re failing. SCHR stands as a champion for these individuals who are often voiceless. It is hard for me to think of more important and impactful work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot overstate the importance of the work the Southern Center does and the sophistication, humanity, and doggedness with which they do it. I am continually impressed by the amount this relatively small organization is able to accomplish with a relatively small budget. They seem always to be at the forefront of their work in the criminal justice system and ready to tackle new issues and take on new cases as needs arise. I no longer live in the Southeast and am unable to be as involved with the organization as I once was, but I gladly continue to support them in their critical work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

SCHR does great work representing and supporting those disproportionately affected by our justice system. Moreover, SCHR's work in public policy and education are critical to helping end mass incarceration, capital punishment, and other gross injustices present in our criminal justice system.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Southern Center for Human Rights does extraordinary work in the criminal justice arena. From its stellar death penalty work to its relentless efforts to decriminalize race and poverty, this organization is well-run and a vital voice on many of the most critical issues in Atlanta and beyond. In addition to its important work on behalf of clients, SCHR also provides a critical and trustworthy voice on related advocacy and policy issues.

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Donor

Rating: 5

SCHR is a wonderful organization that helps individuals in the southeast and throughout the country. The staff members are amazing and truly make a difference!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Stellar organization. Works hard and well on important issues like cash bail, atrocious prison conditions, and decriminalizing race and poverty. SCHR is jam-packed with fantastic lawyers whose results speak for themselves.

1 Steve P.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SCHR helps the community through a variety of channels: events, partnerships, representation, litigation, policy advocacy, and public education. As an ambassador, I've helped to spread awareness of SCHR's mission of working for equality and justice in our criminal justice system. I've also been able to experience firsthand the dedication of the staff and the lasting difference they make in people's lives.

1 Germaine A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love to volunteer with this organization. I am a member of the legal community and a regular volunteer with the Southern Center. The work of the Southern Center is critical. In a world where the justice system and society sometimes gets it wrong, the Southern Center pushes hard to make it right again. I am proud of all they have done and proud of what they will continue to do for the better-making of mankind.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a co-chair of the Southern Center's Leadership Council, a group of young professionals who believe in and support SCHR's work and want to spread the word. SCHR's work is critical to advancing equality, dignity, and justice in the criminal legal system, and its staff is made up of some of the most exceptional, tireless advocates I've ever seen. I regularly call on Southern Center lawyers and policy experts to inform the work I'm doing in my day job. I'm proud to be involved with the Southern Center.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SCHR are my heroes. I saw them at work where indigent defendants were not being represented by lawyers. SCHR came to the rescue. They stayed, they endured and left the judicial circuit a better, more aware legal community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My affiliation as a friend of the Southern Center for Human Rights is one that I am most proud of. While at another agency in the region I worked closely with SCHR and for more than a decade maintained my support of their incredible work. The leadership is unparalleled not just in service to the clients who are truly cherished and respected but also the way in which leadership is cultivated in order to grow and assure that the quality of criminal defense representation is superb and truly heroic. Perhaps the lowest paid, these are stars in the legal community of whom we can all be proud. The SCHR is an incredible watch-dog for our justice system demanding a zealous standard for those facing the death penalty and many other impact issues like mitigating circumstances, treatment in prison facilities and much more. Every dollar of a gift to the Southern Center makes a difference in a human life, allows talented legal practitioners to give their all to issues they are most passionate about and literally changes the way the world sees justice and humanity every single day-you can literally see your gift in motion and not one single dollar goes unappreciated or unaccounted for.