Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Alliance for Justice
Shani P. Gray
The Alliance for Justice (AFJ) is one of several organizations dedicated to the pursuit of justice for all Americans, which includes the provision of legal representation and advocacy in areas such as consumer rights, civil rights, and human rights. The AFJ was founded by Nan Aron in 1979 with 20 advocacy groups. Twenty-eight years later, the AFJ comprises 78 advocacy groups on the national, local, and regional levels that are associated with a variety of related causes (e.g., women's rights, environmental protection, civil rights, children's rights, and mental health). Since its founding, the AFJ has worked to influence public policy through lobbying, court cases, partnering with nonprofits, and student groups. In the United States, historically race and ethnicity have been significant in the ways in which justice is administered, especially in regard to the equitable application of justice (e.g., equal prosecution and disposition of similar crimes regardless of race) and ...