Social justice issues are at the core of the social work profession. The earliest social workers dedicated themselves to helping the poor, and modern social workers confront poverty, injustice, racism, sexism, and all forms of inequality. While the issues have become more diverse and complex, the central tenets of social work remain the same. Respecting the dignity of each individual, and their right to self-determination, are still paramount in any social worker’s mission.

Not all of the organizations on this list employ social workers, but each one has dedicated itself to promoting equality and demolishing injustice. Social work can be a challenging and emotionally taxing career, but people who pursue it find that doing good in the world and promoting social justice offer their own rewards.

    Civil Rights & Community Organization

    The civil rights struggle is alive today, and there are many disenfranchised groups for whom civil and political participation is thwarted by discriminatory policies. These organizations are working to lift up civil rights as a core value for humanity, and working to ensure that all groups and communities get the rights and respect they deserve.

  1. American Civil Liberties Union

    American Civil Liberties Union

    The American Civil Liberties Union advocates on behalf of citizens to ensure their rights are protected and social work students can use this page to see what it’s like to be involved in social justice upon graduation. The ACLU is one of the most prominent organizations in the country when it comes to addressing American rights, so it’s a great place to start.

    – On Twitter: @ACLU

  2. Amnesty International USA

    Amnesty International USA

    Focused solely on promoting social justice, Amnesty International USA keeps viewers updated on human rights developments and sets up fundraisers to advocate for issues.

    – On Twitter: @amnesty

  3. Human Rights Watch

    Human Rights Watch

    The Human Rights Watch passionately defends and works towards increased human rights by shining a light on international issues, which helps prompt action by other organizations. They’re active in preventing discrimination and helping to protect political freedom globally.

    – On Twitter: @hrw

  4. Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

    Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

    Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has been around since 1971 and is regarded for their ability to confront hate groups and represent the most vulnerable members of society. Those involved in social work will have much to take away from this top-tier organization, since they specialize in helping those who lack the ability or resources to tackle these issues alone.

    – On Twitter: @splcenter

  5. International Organization for Migration

    International Organization for Migration

    The International Organization for Migration equips migrants or those wishing to migrate with the resources to go about to process in the right way. They also advocate on behalf of migrant rights and are very involved on many social issues.

    – On Twitter: @IOM_news

  6. Native American Rights Fund

    Native American Rights Fund

    The Native American Rights Fund is a nonprofit organization that serves to protect the rights of Native Americans by providing legal and technical assistance to others. They’ve been a crucial piece to protecting the sovereignty of tribes, voting rights of Native Americans, and more.

  7. National Action Network

    National Action Network

    The National Action Network was founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton and follows the spirit and tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. by promoting a modern civil rights agenda that emphasizes equality for all, without regard to age, gender, race, or any other factor. They’re active in initiatives such as voter protection, anti-violence, and criminal justice.

    – On Twitter: @NationalAction

  8. National Urban League

    National Urban League

    National Urban League develops policies that allow African Americans to have equal rights and access to economic self-reliance. The organization has existed in various forms since 1910 and has done an impressive amount of work to improve the lives of individuals across the country.

    – On Twitter: @NatUrbanLeague

  9. National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

    National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

    The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is a civil rights and advocacy organization that works to improve opportunities for the fastest growing demographic in the United States- Hispanics. As the largest national civil rights organization for Hispanics, they promote a Latino perspective on issues such as immigration, education, employment, and many other areas.

    – On Twitter: @NCLR

  10. Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)

    Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)

    The Organization of Chinese Americans is an impressive organization that combats stereotypes and myths portrayed of all individuals of Asian Pacific descent and they’re also very active in affirming the human rights of these individuals as well. Founded in 1973, the OCA now has over 80 chapters across the country.

    – On Twitter: @OCANational

  11. National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)

    National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)

    The National Council of Negro Women was founded in 1935 and has worked ardently to empower women of African descent to unite on issues of social justice and human rights. The organization has been integral to connecting over four million women across the world, with volunteers in 34 states.

  12. National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

    National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

    The National Congress of American Indians is the most prominent organization in the country for Native Americans and their tribes. Since their founding in 1944, the organization has protected the sovereignty of Native communities.

    – On Twitter: @NCAI1944

  13. League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

    League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

    As the oldest and largest organization in the country for Hispanics, the League of United Latin American Citizens provides counseling services to youth across the country, while also helping develop low income housing and drive voter registration. With over 48 employment training center across the country, they have greatly helped further the success of Hispanics in America.

    – On Twitter: @LULAC

  14. Race Forward

    Race Forward

    Race Forward was founded in 1981 with an intent focus on advocating for racial justice and using their forward-thinking approach to handling racial equality. They conduct racial research and emphasize the significance of social and economic outcomes on race.

    – On Twitter: @RaceForward

  15. Political Research Associates (PRA)

    Political Research Associates (PRA)

    Political Research Associates explains on their site how the Political Right is often infringing on the rights of reproduction, LGBTQ individuals, racial and discriminatory measures, as well as civil liberties and economic injustices. They were formed as a social justice think tank as a response to this to the Right to understand and challenge the viewpoints they represent.

    – On Twitter: @PRAEyesRight

  16. Alliance for Justice

    Alliance for Justice

    Alliance for Justice is composed of over 100 organizations from across the country and helps to reinforce the judiciary process by helping to get fair judges, ensure nonprofits are able to advocate, and let the public know about important issues.

    – On Twitter: @AFJustice

  17. Center for Media Justice (CMJ)

    Center for Media Justice (CMJ)

    The Center for Media Justice (CMJ) was founded in 2002 and has been an important part of racial justice movements, as well as economic equality and human rights. Additionally, they’ve been a big part in helping shift public perception through the media on many civil justice issues.

    – On Twitter: @mediajustice

  18. National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA)

    National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA)

    The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) is based in Washing D.C. and fights for equal rights when it comes to discriminatory housing practices. It’s comprised of over 220 nonprofit organizations, all of which help to make communities more diverse and integrated.

    – On Twitter: @natfairhouse

  19. American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA)

    American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA)

    The American Association of Affirmative Action (AAAA) brings together professionals who work in affirmative action, equal opportunity, diversity, and other human resource fields that promote social justice.

  20. Project Equality

    Project Equality

    Project Equality centers their work on equality and justice in the workplace and bridges together corporate, nonprofit, religious, and education communities to provide a higher quality of life for all involved. With many kinds of discrimination still prevalent in the workplace, Project Equality champions a greater awareness of this while advocating for a higher acceptance of diversity.

  21. The Praxis Project

    The Praxis Project

    The Praxis Project has taken on the noble task of promoting equal rights on issues that are often impacted by social determinants such as race, gender, employment, and even income status. They are an integral part to building healthy communities while emphasizing equality.

    – On Twitter: @Praxis_Project

  22. Sojourners

    Sojourners

    Sojourners is a Christian organization working to enact various social justice policies through a magazine, speaking events, website, media outreach, educational resources, advocacy, books, and many other ways. Through the articulation of the Bible’s summoning of individuals to work in further establishing equality, Sojourners is able to touch countless lives in the realms of social and racial justice, life and peace, and environmental stewardship.

    – On Twitter: @Sojourners

  23. Coalition on Human Needs

    Coalition on Human Needs

    The Coalition on Human Needs brings together organizations from across the country to promote public policies that help low-income individuals and similar groups of people with issues such as concerns for women, children, those with disabilities, and the elderly.

    – On Twitter: @CoalitiononHN

  24. Creighton Center for Service and Justice

    Creighton Center for Service and Justice

    The Creighton Center for Service and Justice educates others on social injustice and poverty, but also helps to get students involved with helping others, particularly if they know individuals who have been adversely affected by discriminatory factors.

    – On Twitter: @creighton_CCSJ

  25. Direct Action and Research Training Center (DART)

    Direct Action and Research Training Center (DART)

    The direct Action and Research Training Center (DART) is made up of 20 organizations that work to pursue social justice in their communities for all individuals who live in them. Having been around since 1982, they’re well-versed at creating action plans that reduce crime and make communities more viable and self-sustaining.

  26. Civic Practices Network

    Civic Practices Network

    The Civic Practices Network is made up of community organizers, civic journalists, and youth activists for the purpose of solving community and institutional problems across America. They foster stronger communities through a variety of partnerships and collaborate with local official to create sustainable economies.

  27. National Alliance to End Homelessness

    National Alliance to End Homelessness

    The National Alliance to End Homelessness takes on the daunting challenge of reducing the instances of homelessness across the country and works with many other institutions to combat it. By emphasizing the sheer cost homelessness has on communities, it prompts leaders to take action.

    – On Twitter: @naehomelessness

  28. USAction

    USAction

    USAction works to unite people at local, state, and national levels to prompt change that makes our democracy stronger and improve equality for all. Since their founding in 1999, they’ve made headway in fighting for issues such as social security, Medicare, and fair tax laws.

    – On Twitter: @USAction

  29. Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)

    Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)

    The Industrial Areas Foundation was founded in 1940, making it the long-standing faith and community-based organization in the country. They specialize in bringing together religious congregations with civic organizations to make communities stronger and prompt more citizen action.

  30. Social Justice Leadership

    Social Justice Leadership

    Social Justice Leadership works to be a sustaining catalyst for individuals and organizations to further their involvement in social justice. They’ve adopted a long-term view for social change through a doctrine of “transformative organizing,” which works to liberate society of oppressive factors in areas socially, politically, and economically.

  31. National Civic League

    National Civic League

    The National Civic League helps to involve people with their communities and encourage a more integrated effort from all to create lasting change locally. By helping people to actualize their own view of their community’s future, they help to make more sustainable resources.

    – On Twitter: @AllAmericaCity

  32. National Criminal Justice Association

    National Criminal Justice Association

    The National Criminal Justice Association was founded in 1971 to help shape policy on criminal justice and since then, they’ve done an incredible job to gain a national voice on many issues. Social workers should use this page to see how advocacy groups are able to effect change at a national level.

    – On Twitter: @thencja

  33. Immigrant Voting by Ron Hayduk

    Immigrant Voting by Ron Hayduk

    Ron Hayduk is a former social worker who currently works as a professor of political science at CUNY and his page, Immigrant Voting by Ron Hayduk, gives fascinating commentary on legislation regarding immigrants voting around the world and how to get involved. He’s also worked as a Coordinator on the New York City Voter Assistance Commission, so is well-versed in immigrant voting policy.

  34. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

    Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

    The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law focuses intently on the injustices typically imposed on African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. The organization was formed at the request of John F. Kennedy to help combat racial discrimination and the inequality of opportunity.

    – On Twitter: @LawyersComm

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    Women’s Rights Groups

    Sex and gender-based discrimination are still a major global problem, and there are many organizations working to secure basic rights for women and girls locally and internationally.

  36. Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)

    Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)

    Founded in 1987, The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) helps address the needs of women by emphasizing policies that promote equality and dialogue on issues such as employment, poverty, welfare, family, health, and more. The organization’s founder, Heidi Hartmann, grew up in a single-mother, single-income household, so created the organization to upend discriminatory policies in the government.

    – On Twitter: @IWPResearch

  37. National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)

    nationalwomenslawcenter

    The National Women’s Law Center promotes opportunity and advancement for women and girls of any age. Education, employment, health, reproductive rights, and legal rights are among the NWLC’s highest priorities.

    – On Twitter: @nwlc

  38. Girls Inc.

    Girls Inc.

    Girls Inc. is a nonprofit organization that works with over 135,000 girls across the country and gives those less privileged access to education tools, pregnancy and drug abuse prevention, various literacy initiatives, and much more. The organization is also situated uniquely to provide support from a policy perspective that ensures more women have access to the resources they need.

    – On Twitter: @girls_inc

  39. Center for Women Policy Studies (CWPS)

    Center for Women Policy Studies (CWPS)

    The Center for Women Policy Studies works ardently to improve women’s lives and preserve their human rights. Their inception in 1972 marked the creation of the first feminist policy analysis and research institution in the United States.

  40. Code Pink

    Code Pink

    Code Pink is a grassroots movement that stays focused on peace and social justice by working to end war and occupations by the United States and instead redirect our money to health care, education, and restoring domestic policies that have received less attention due to our constant involvement in conflicts.

    – On Twitter: @codepink

  41. MS. Foundation for Women

    MS. Foundation for Women

    MS. Foundation for Women gives women a stronger voice when it comes to social change and focuses particularly on women of color and/or in poverty to help eliminate discriminatory practices across the country. In the 40 years since their founding, they’ve done incredible work to help women of all walks of life.

    – On Twitter: @msfoundation

  42. Madre

    Madre

    Madre focuses on the human rights issues facing women and aims to build sustainable solutions to the problems they face. After traveling to Nicaragua in 1983 and witnessing the US-sponsored Contra War, a group of women knew they had to come together to assist the women and children being hurt.

    – On Twitter: @MADREspeaks

  43. Global Fund for Women

    Global Fund for Women

    The Global Fund for Women is an organization created out of traditional philanthropy’s unwillingness to fund women’s groups and human rights, so the three founders took the necessary steps to create an organization that would allow them to directly fund women-led organizations.

    – On Twitter: @GlobalFundWomen

  44. Legal Momentum

    Legal Momentum

    Legal Momentum has been around for over 40 years, making it the oldest defense and education fund whose sole purpose is to support women and girls. The organization helps to enhance the resources at the disposal of women of all ages to be able to succeed and live happy, productive lives.

    – On Twitter: @LegalMomentum

  45. Women’s Law Project

    Women's Law Project

    The Women’s Law Project has given women a safe place to turn for legal guidance since 1974 and they’re nationally recognized for the impressive work they’ve done since founding. With a number of breakthrough cases under their belt, Women’s Law Project is highly recommended for any woman wondering where to turn.

    – On Twitter: @WomensLawProj

  46. National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education (NCWGE)

    National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education (NCWGE)

    The National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education is a nonprofit made up of over 50 groups who are dedicated to improving education opportunities for women and girls in America. The organization was formed in 1975 and their prominence has only increased, today standing as a large voice in developing national education policies.

  47. International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW)

    International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW)

    Founded in 1985, the International Women’s Rights Action Watch was created in Kenya to further promote women’s human rights and break down more discriminatory walls. They promote women’s rights in many ways and have helped design manuals and guides as well.

  48. National Women’s Liberation

    NationalWomen’sLiberation

    The National Women’s Liberation empowers individuals to be the change in the world and work with men to find solutions to political and discriminatory problems that plague society today. While founded in 1968, they have ties to organizations from as early as 1960.

  49. Equality Now

    equalitynow

    Equality Now is a global organization that aims to end violence and discrimination against women and girls everywhere. The non-governmental organization strives to eliminate legal discrimination, sexual violence, human trafficking, and female genital mutilation.

    – On Twitter: @equalitynow

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    Health Rights & Advocacy

    Health care has been in the news a lot lately, and the fundamental right to affordable health care is a hotly debated topic. Access to medical treatment is a realm with considerable inequality, both in the U.S. and abroad, and many social justice organizations are working to improve the situation.

  51. UNAIDS

    UNAIDS

    UNAIDS is one of the largest and most thorough global organizations aimed at reversing the spread of AIDS and they have a number of goals they’re working to meet by 2015, such as reducing the transmission of AIDS by half. Their website displays an impressive thoroughness of material on AIDS, so anyone can use their page as a good AIDS resource as well.

    – On Twitter: @UNAIDS

  52. The International AIDS Society

    The International AIDS Society

    The International AIDS Society brings together the leading AIDS experts in the world to analyze the AIDS epidemic to find ways of reducing its spreading while also educating and working to find a long-term solution. While not completely cured, the AIDS epidemic has reduced greatly in the 25 years since their founding.

    – On Twitter: @iasociety

  53. The Global Fund

    theglobalfund

    The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, & Malaria takes a broad, human rights oriented approach to preventing disease. Vulnerable populations all over the world have difficulty securing basic health care, which contributes to higher levels of preventable disease. Women, children, sex workers, and many other groups experience health care discrimination, and The Global Fund’s primary mission is to address these problems.

    – On Twitter: @GlobalFund

  54. AMSA Health Equity & Health Justice

    AMSA Health Equity & Health Justice

    AMSA Health Equity & Health Justice prepares medical students for success in their careers by promoting an improvement in medical education from every perspective, including socially. The defining point in the history of the organization was in 1967 when they split from the American Medical Association, which enabled them to be more involved with socio-medical issues.

    – On Twitter: @AMSANational

  55. Healthy Child, Healthy World

    Healthy Child, Healthy World

    Healthy Child, Healthy World is a nonprofit that works to hold corporations accountable for the harmful chemicals put into products that ultimately affect children’s health and have long-term effects. They’ve made impressive strides over the last 20 years to reduce toxic chemicals and increase accountability.

    – On Twitter: @Healthy_Child

  56. AIDS Research Alliance

    AIDS Research Alliance

    The AIDS Research Alliance works to find a cure for this disease that kills over 8000 people per day and they also work to eliminate the stigma associated with those who have AIDS. Dr. Paul Rothman started the organization after being frustrated with the slow pace of AIDS research and they’ve been an integral part to providing those with AIDS the treatment to live longer than imagined.

    – On Twitter: @aids_research

  57. Kaiser Family Foundation

    Kaiser Family Foundation

    The Kaiser Family Foundation sees the healthcare industry largely dominated by special interests, which detracts from the industry’s overall ability to address situations. The organization acts as an objective source of information and has become a well-known and trusted when it comes to health issues.

    – On Twitter: @KaiserFamFound

  58. Public Welfare Foundation

    Public Welfare Foundation

    The Public Welfare Foundation knows that once on welfare, many other issues can arise that create a cycle that is hard to break and this is why they work to create various measures to help those in need. It’s a valuable resource for those looking to get into public social work.

    – On Twitter: @PublicWelfare

  59. American Public Health Association (APHA)

    American Public Health Association (APHA)

    The American Public Health Association (APHA) is an advocacy group that promotes policies that make the public healthier and increase access to health services. They’ve been around for over 140 years, so are well-seasoned to tackle social justice issues related to health.

    – On Twitter: @PublicHealth

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    Elder & Disabled Advocacy

    Care for the elderly and disabled is a subject that is intricately tangled with the topic of health care accessibility. Since the topic is so politically charged, advocacy groups have their work cut out for them to achieve real change at the policy and public opinion levels.

  61. Mental Disability Advocacy Center

    mentaldisabilityadvocacycenter

    The Mental Disability Advocacy Center’s mission is to attain equal treatment and respect for the human rights of those afflicted with mental disability. MDAC strives to ensure fair legal treatment, inclusive education, and the opportunity for political participation for the mentally disabled, among other goals.

    – On Twitter: @mdachungary

  62. Disability Rights Advocates (DRA)

    Disability Rights Advocates (DRA)

    The Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) is a leading nonprofit legal rights center and the cases they’ve been involved in have helped millions of disabled individuals by helping to set legal precedents on many kinds of issues. Many of the lawyers within the organization also have disabilities, which helps them provide unyielding perspective to clients they represent.

    – On Twitter: @dralegal

  63. Elder Law & Advocacy

    Elder Law & Advocacy

    Elder Law & Advocacy supports elderly individuals over 60 years in age who may be experiencing abuse. This organization represents elderly individuals to help fight for their rights and end forms of discrimination, no matter how subtle.

  64. Disability Rights International

    Disability Rights International

    Disability Rights International drives home the point that those with disabilities are commonly discriminated against and the organization even publishes reports on the enforcement of human rights. They also train individuals on various human rights violations and highlight what can be done to improve circumstances today.

  65. Gray Panthers

    Gray Panthers

    Gray Panthers work to promote social and economic justice and peace for all while aiming to end ageist discrimination aimed at all ages. They promote engagement of all individuals and work to unify generations.

    – On Twitter: @GrayPanthersUS

  66. Elder Justice Now!

    Elder Justice Now!

    Elder Justice Now! addresses one of the most under-publicized epidemics across the country, specifically the abuse towards elderly individuals across the country. With the largest number of individuals reaching old age in the history of America, it’s more important than ever to address elder abuse, which is why Elder Justice Now! has taken on such an important mission.

    – On Twitter: @elderjusticenow

  67. ADAPT

    ADAPT

    ADAPT empowers disability rights advocates to be in the best situation for engaging in nonviolent action to further the causes they’re working towards. Social work students can use the site’s lush resources section to get better educated on the rights of those with disabilities.

    – On Twitter: @NationalADAPT

  68. Autistic Self Advocacy Network

    Autistic Self Advocacy Network

    The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is designed so that those with autism can have the resources to report abuse they’ve received and the site also works to improve how public perception concerning autism.

    – On Twitter: @autselfadvocacy

  69. National Organization on Disability

    National Organization on Disability

    The National Organization on Disability is a nonprofit that works to further integrate individuals with a disability by increasing accessibility and employment opportunities for them across the country. Since their founding in 1982, the organization has gone on to become the longest sustained cross-disability organization in the country.

    – On Twitter: @NOD_ItsAbility

  70. ARC Association for Real Change

    ARC Association for Real Change

    The Association for Real Change works to enhance the quality of life for those people with learning disabilities by pushing for higher living standards. They were founded in 1976 and have grown to a membership of over 300 organizations from around the world.

    – On Twitter: @arcuk_org

  71. National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

    National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

    The National Disability Rights Network has been a crucial element to the proliferation of advocacy services for those with disabilities in the United States. Since 190 they’ve worked to make federal laws for those with disabilities more robust and they’ve been very successful.

    – On Twitter: @NDRNadvocates

  72. Disabled in Action

    Disabled in Action

    Disabled in Action focuses on improving disability rights for citizens of New York and beyond through the promotion of various legislative agendas. Since their founding in 1970, they’ve helped to establish many breakthroughs in disability laws.

    – On Twitter: @DIA_NewYork

  73. Rolling Rains Report

    Rolling Rains Report

    Rolling Rains Report moves the conversation about vacationing and traveling with disabilities to the forefront with this great page. They promote increased accessibility for tourist destinations around the world, often updating their site with interesting case studies, photos, and a blog with great perspective.

  74. Einar Helander

    einarhelander

    Einar Helander is a Swedish doctor who has written extensively on disability, rehabilitation, and violence against children. His decades of international work engendered a strong social justice bent in his research and writing.

  75. Coalition of Organizations Protecting Elders (COPE)

    Coalition of Organizations Protecting Elders (COPE)

    The Coalition of Organizations Protecting Elders (COPE) works vehemently to address the concerns of elderly people who commonly face abuse that often goes unnoticed in society. Abuse of elders is one of the most overlooked forms of abuse, partially because of the many forms it takes, and COPE helps to address abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders in all the forms they take.

  76. The Elder Justice Coalition

    The Elder Justice Coalition

    The Elder Justice Coalition believes strongly that elderly people are entitled to being free of abuse, neglect, and exploitation as they age. Since they’re typically at higher risk for being taken advantage of, the organization truly does fantastic work to advocate on their behalf for safety and hold others more accountable.

    – On Twitter: @ElderJustice

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    Other Social Justice Themes

    Child advocacy, immigration policy, employment discrimination, legal representation are all major topics in social justice and social work circles. Many people are fighting the good fight, and social workers starting their careers have many, many important causes to get involved in.

  78. International Justice Mission

    International Justice Mission

    The International Justice Mission addresses issues such as slavery, sexual exploitation, and many other injustices in underserved areas such as Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Their site is well-maintained and has easy ways to get involved.

    – On Twitter: @IJM

  79. Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

    Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

    Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is one of the most renowned organizations when it comes to equal rights for lesbian, gay, and transgender individuals around the world. Since their founding in 1980, the organization has grown to a resounding 1.5 million members who are focused on mobilizing grassroots initiatives that promote social change and equality while educating the public.

    – On Twitter: @HRC

  80. Stand For Children

    Stand For Children

    Stand For Children works with communities across the country to implement effective programs to ensure more children graduate high school, which gives them a much higher chance at leading a productive and healthy life. Depending on what a social work undergraduate plans to do with their degree, this page can provide insight into a possible route to take a career.

  81. Public/Private Ventures (PPV)

    Public/Private Ventures (PPV)

    Public/Private Ventures was an organization that recently ceased operations, but fortunately they have left their dense library of research reports available for others to view. From supporting underprivileged high school students to helping reintegrate former prisoners back into the job market, they have very worthwhile reads.

    – On Twitter: @issuelab

  82. Teen Talking Circle Project

    Teen Talking Circle Project

    The Teen Talking Circle Project is a place where teenagers can come together and reaffirm their self-esteem, self-worth, and learn habits that make for wise choices as they grow older. Originally founded as an organization explicitly for teenage girls, they later expanded to teenage boys and even adults.

  83. Children’s Justice Conference

    Children's Justice Conference

    The Children’s Justice Conference is something that anyone working in social work should check out and be up to date on the latest developments going on this yearly event that brings together social workers and advocates for the better treatment of children.

  84. Center for Children & Youth Justice

    Center for Children & Youth Justice

    The Center for Children & Youth Justice is a nonprofit based in Washington that was founded in 2006 and helps to drive statewide reform for the state’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems. They work with children that could potentially be put into the juvenile justice system and helps to equip them with the resources needed for long term growth and success.

  85. National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)

    National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)

    The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) helps Black children across the country to have access to the same opportunities as others and to continue to respond to the particular needs of these children to help ensure success and equality. With over 40 years of experience, the organization has built a large reputation for driving programs designed to help these children succeed.

    – On Twitter: @NBCDI

  86. The Annie E. Casey Foundation

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation focuses on disadvantaged children from across the country to help guide them towards better futures by providing grants to cities and neighborhood to improve the quality of life. The organization is one of the largest private foundations in the country and is one of the top philanthropies.

    – On Twitter: @AECFNews

  87. Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)

    Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)

    The Children’s Defense Fund is on a mission to promote equality among all children when it comes to available opportunities and create policies that lift them out of poverty and provide stable living situations.

    – On Twitter: @ChildDefender

  88. The Child Advocate

    The Child Advocate

    The Child Advocate helps families address the needs of children when it comes to issues such as mental health, educational issues, legal problems, and others. They have worthwhile information sources on child abuse, as well as legislative information for local, state, and national levels concerning children.

    – On Twitter: @childadvocacy

  89. Foundation for Child Development (FCD)

    Foundation for Child Development (FCD)

    The Foundation for Child Development invests into early learning experiences that stay with children for a lifetime. This strengthens a child’s developmental potential and combats the effects of economic instability and social exclusion.

    – On Twitter: @fcdusorg

  90. First Star

    First Star

    First Star supports neglected and abused children across America by providing services that promote their plight and work to solve the problem through research, public engagement, policy advocacy, among other ways. They aim to strengthen the rights of these children by promoting necessary reform.

    – On Twitter: @FirstStar

  91. Just Detention International

    Just Detention International

    Just Detention International brings to light how common rape is in prison and works to end sexual abuse of all kinds in prison settings, whether committed by corrections officers or inmates. The site successfully depicts the problems facing the prison system today and what social workers can do change things.

    – On Twitter: @JustDetention

  92. Innocence Project

    Innocence Project

    The Innocence Project works with wrongly convicted individuals to help them get the justice they deserve and get back to their lives. Through DNA testing and reformation of the criminal justice system, The Innocence Project has helped many people to be released from prison.

    – On Twitter: @innocence

  93. Justice Policy Institute (JPI)

    Justice Policy Institute (JPI)

    The Justice Policy Institute promotes justice reform and engages in policymaking that enhances the well-being of those who enter the judiciary system. They look for solutions aimed at avoiding incarceration and making the quality of life for communities better.

    – On Twitter: @JusticePolicy

  94. American Society of Criminology (ASC)

    American Society of Criminology (ASC)

    The American Society of Criminology is an international organization made up of members of academia who research crime and delinquency to determine causes, prevention techniques, and treatment options. Their work is done in a multidisciplinary setting that helps to foster more scholarship and a deeper understanding of the problems commonly faced.

  95. Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA)

    Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA)

    The Justice Research and Statistics Association is a nonprofit that works between state agencies and the justice department to find breakthroughs pertaining to criminal justice policy development. They often present at conferences and events to discuss various research developments, which includes crime analysis and more.

    – On Twitter: @JRSAinfo

  96. Justice for All

    Justice for All

    Justice for All is a strong advocate for individuals who are unjustly persecuted in the criminal justice system due to a lack of their own resources to defend themselves. They raise funds privately to develop influence in the criminal justice system.

  97. Prison Policy Initiative (PPI)

    Prison Policy Initiative (PPI)

    Prison Policy Initiative produces research on the harmful implications of mass incarceration and how the private industrial prison complex places a stronger burden on resources for all. Since their founding in 2001, they’ve been able to reframe many views on the U.S. criminal justice system.

    – On Twitter: @PrisonPolicy

  98. Futures Without Violence

    Futures Without Violence

    Futures Without Violence champions programs across the country that trains others on ways to reduce violence and increase the action of the public concerning violence against women and children.

    – On Twitter: @WithoutViolence

  99. Choice USA

    Choice USA

    Choice USA works with leaders across the country to foster and promote ideas related to a pro-choice agenda. The page is very useful because it shows how to effectively implement campaigns, host conferences, and more.

    – On Twitter: @ChoiceUSA

  100. Advocates for Youth

    Advocates for Youth

    Advocates for Youth serves a population that is the most uninformed when it comes to reproductive and sexual health. They work with youth on educational endeavors while also providing useful resources and guides for long-term results.

    – On Twitter: @AdvocatesTweets

  101. Soulforce

    Soulforce

    Soulforce understands the vehement religious and political oppression often imposed on the LGBTQ community and aims to work in a nonviolent manner to solve these issues through educating others and innovative outreach approaches. While rooted in promoting inclusion of the LGBTQ community, they also work to combat racial and economic injustices.

    – On Twitter: @equalityride

  102. The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy

    The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy

    The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy handles legal research, analysis of public policy, leadership development, and helps to disseminate all the information for policymakers to have the tools to succeed. Since being founded in 2001, The Williams Institute has seen large amounts of growth and has only further become established as a part of UCLA.

    – On Twitter: @WilliamsPolicy

  103. Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)

    Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)

    Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) was founded in 1972 when a mother merely wanted to support her gay son and since then it’s grown into the largest family and ally organization in the country. Based in Washington D.C., they help advance social equality for members of the LGBTQ community and feature over 350 chapters comprised of over 200,000 people.

    – On Twitter: @PFLAG

  104. Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

    Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

    Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) helps to fairly and accurately present stories of individuals from the LGBTQ community while also addressing the media and holding them accountable for what they say and write. Their work has helped to improve the public perception of this community, which still faces unjust discrimination commonly.

    – On Twitter: @glaad

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