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Public Justice Center Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Crime & Law, Public Interest Law

Mission: The Public Justice Center (PJC) is one of Maryland’s premiere nonprofit legal advocacy organizations. We work with people and communities to confront the laws, practices, and institutions that cause injustice, poverty, and discrimination. We advocate in the courts, legislatures, and government agencies, educate the public, and build coalitions, all to advance our mission of “pursuing systemic change to build a just society.”

Programs: The human right to housing project (housing) seeks the realization of a human right to housing that is fair, affordable, habitable, and accessible with security of tenure and culatural adequacy.

the workplace justice project partners with low-wage workers, community and labor organizations, and fellow advocates to promote justice in the workplace and in the courts.

the appellate advocacy project uses appellate courts to advance progressive law reform and to achieve a right to counsel in basic human needs civil cases.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I first learned about the Public Justice Center in the early 1990's when my son interned there during law school. The more I heard about the PJC, the more I liked and decided to become personally involved. As a result my office partnered with PJC on several projects designed to help working men and women improve their lives. The projects were such a great success and the dedication and commitment of the staff of PJC so great that I knew I needed to get more involved. As a result, I served on the Board of the PJC for over ten years. Since my retirement and moving away from the area, I regularly donate to the organization. Over the years I have been so impressed with the help the organization has provided to, not only workers, but also, to those who are underrepresented in society, including, women, children and minorities. I have always liked the fact that the PJC focuses on systemic change in order to help the most people. I would highly recommend the Public Justice Center to donors, volunteers, or anyone who is looking for an organization deeply committed to helping those in our society who are less fortunate.