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About Us

Advancement Project works on cutting-edge issues by supporting grassroots power.

Mission Statement

Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high-impact policy change.

Our Approach

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We believe in the genius of ordinary people to achieve lasting and permanent change.


Our theory of change for racial justice:

  • Movement lawyering

  • Narrative strategy

  • Campaign strategy

  • Movement weaving

We envision a future where people of color are free – where they can thrive, be safe and exercise power. Driven by the genius of ordinary people and their movements, racism will no longer exist and justice will be radically transformed.

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From your support to community impact – see where your resources made a difference.

Judith Browne Dianis

Dianis has served as a lawyer, professor and civil rights advocate in the movement for racial justice. Hailed as a voting rights expert and pioneer in the movement to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, Dianis leads Advancement Project’s work in combating structural racism in education, voting, policing, criminal justice and immigration.

Meet Our Team
Our history In the throes of a conservative takeover of the courts and a retrenchment on civil rights, former NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund attorneys, Constance L. Rice, Penda Hair, and Molly Munger, along with Stephen R. English, established Advancement Project in 1999. Learn more about our history

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