I interned for PJC from January to April, under the Human Right to Housing team. I'm interested in becoming an attorney and working in the non-profit sector one day. I am happy to say that my experience at PJC was insightful and educational. As a non-profit, PJC is expansive in their mission's efforts for social justice, equity, and human rights. The organization serves individual clients regarding legal issues, engages in litigation and lobbying for certain laws, and participates in community initiatives, such as the Baltimore Housing Roundtable.
In addition, I appreciate PJC's staff members' commitment in staying at the organization for the long-term. I mention this, because some non-profits have the difficulty in retaining staff members for more than 1 year. I believe this commitment will create improvements and tangible results towards their future projects. One of my favorite moments during my internship was sitting at the staff meeting for their monthly racial justice training. I think it is important that the staff member at PJC are aware of their own biases and have a space to engage in these conversations with their coworkers.
As an intern I valued my experience at the office, because the office environment was always welcoming, friendly, and supportive. Overall, I recommend anyone who is passionate about social justice to participate at the Public Justice Center. I mention the word passionate, because working at PJC is an experience to expand one's knowledge on the injustices occurring in Baltimore City and the state of Maryland.
The PJC does not shy away from challenges. Rather, as a volunteer I saw how day in and day out the staff’s commitment to their work and clients was unyielding. The PJC provides legal services for members of the community who may otherwise be unable to access this critical resource. Their care, attention to detail, and willingness to always lend a hand is absolutely tremendous. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work for this incredible organization and I am still inspired by the people I met there and their work to this day.
I interned with PJC for a summer and fell in love with the organization. The people are wonderful, and immediately accepted all of the new interns into the family. The organization is a group of passionate, determined, and very hardworking working individuals. Together they are doing amazing work to help the people of Baltimore. PJC will always have a special place in my heart and I am very thankful for the experience.
Over the years I have come to know many of the staff at Public Justice. They work on the cutting edge with innovative legal solutions - on cases where people are most exploited by employers, landlords, banks and others. And, I believe the fact that PJC creates a space for their client(s) to have full voice and decision making control in the direction of their legal representation is hugely important in our society.
My time at the Public Justice Center has been absolutely inspiring. Everyday I see employees who clearly embody the mission of the organization, working towards a just society. In my time at the Public Justice Center, I was treated as a member of the team and was able to truly work with the other employees in achieving the ultimate goal of systemic change.
I have been involved with the Public Justice Center for more than 10 years and they are with out a doubt the most earnest and committed people I can imagine. But even more importantly they fill the most critical need I can imagine. The need for making sure that we don't just pay lip service to creating a just society, but that it we build one that actually works. PJC does not apply band-aids to social ills, it searches for root causes and tugs on them until they are removed and it often takes many years on a single issue, but the just don't give up.
With so many issues that taking up our time and energy, it is truly enlightening to know the work that is being done by the staff at the Public Justice Center, Inc. There can be no hope for people to move forward then that of having security in and the ability to practice a trade without barriers in the work place..... THERE CAN BE NO PEACE WITHOUT JUSTICE.......
I volunteered at the PJC for a year and my experience was nothing short of inspiring and thankful. I observed how the staff worked tirelessly to pursue their goals for driving systemic change for the society. Major historical bills such as Montgomery County Paid Sick leave legislation, would not have been successful without PJC's strong involvement. Whether advocating for renter's rights, education rights, workers rights or other human rights PJC has been and is the place where society gets major benefits. I am glad to have served at the PJC and I will continue to support its mission to keep bringing positive change for the society.
The Public Justice Center is an amazing organization. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to work as a summer intern along side of such dedicated individuals. Through representation of clients and advocacy, they are making demonstrable change in the fight for social justice. In addition to their dedication to their work, I was really impressed by their commitment to openness and transparency. Having these ideals at the core of their organization helped to create a sense of community and a productive work environment.
The PJC is highly committed to their mission of addressing poverty at its very roots, and while that is a tall order, the team of talented and caring advocates show no signs of being daunted by it. Having worked there over the last year as a Lutheran Volunteer, I had the privilege of seeing the PJC in action and was inspired by attorneys and clients whose persistence has had an undeniable impact on the quality of life of low-income Marylanders. I am so thankful that I was able to have a transformative experience of professional and personal growth through my time at the PJC.