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PUBLIC JUSTICE CENTER INC

Building a just society

Baltimore, MD   |  www.publicjustice.org

Mission

The Public Justice Center pursues systemic change to build a just society. The PJC uses legal advocacy tools to pursue social justice, economic and race equity, and fundamental human rights for people who are struggling to provide for their basic needs. The PJC is a civil legal aid office that provides advice and representation to low-income clients, advocates before legislatures and government agencies, and collaborates with community and advocacy organizations. The PJC chooses projects and cases that will make a significant impact on systems, laws, and policies.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Ms. Jeniece Jones

Main address

Public Justice Center 201 N CHARLES ST STE 1200

Baltimore, MD 21201 USA

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EIN

52-1412226

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Public Interest Law/Litigation (I83)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Public Justice Center at a glance

The Public Justice Center uses legal advocacy tools to pursue social justice, economic and race equity, and fundamental human rights for people who are struggling to provide for their basic needs. Current projects include advocating on behalf of families needing healthcare and benefits, low-wage workers, low-income tenants, and students facing barriers to school enrollment and academic achievement; advocating to reform pretrial detention; using appellate cases to establish good law in poverty and civil rights cases; and coordinating a national coalition that works to establish a right to counsel in basic human needs civil cases.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

We advocate to protect and expand eligibility for healthcare coverage and access to appropriate, affordable, effective and culturally competent healthcare. We seek to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes and access to benefits.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

We defend renters facing eviction, demand repair of unsafe housing conditions, and represent renters seeking systemic relief from predatory landlord practices. We advocate to change the law regarding evictions and to demand the development of equitable and sustainable affordable housing.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

We advance justice and equity in the workplace by defending and expanding the rights of vulnerable workers. We enable workers to stand up to wage theft and demand payment of unpaid wages. We advocate to make work pay for low-wage workers through policies that ensure workers’ access to the courts and promote safe and healthy working conditions.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

We advance racial equity in public education by combatting the overuse of exclusionary school discipline practices, like suspension and expulsion, that disproportionately target Black and brown children and push students out of school. We also seek to eliminate barriers to school enrollment and success confronting homeless children and children in foster care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

We lead a national coalition that seeks to establish the right to an attorney for low-income people in civil cases when basic needs are at stake, such as housing, child custody, or physical safety. (civilrighttocounsel.org)

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

We aim to make pretrial detention rare, brief, and humane. We work in coalition to reform the money bail system in Maryland. We also advocate to ensure quality healthcare and sanitary conditions in pretrial detention in Baltimore City.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

We advocate in appellate courts to influence the development of civil rights and poverty law. This advocacy offers the potential to reform law that affects many thousands of people. The project is staffed by the Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellow.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations


Since 2013

Maryland Nonprofits Standards for Excellence 2025

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

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PUBLIC JUSTICE CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 03/07/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Colette Colclough

Maryland Public Television

Term: 2023 -

Jeniece Jones

Public Justice Center

Karen Kinnamont Stewart

Business Executives for National Security

Andy Dahl

Tonya Baña

Max “Mickey” Blumenthal

Stewart, Plant & Blumenthal, LLC

Lisa Klingenmaier

Hannah Cole-Chu

Outten & Golden LLP

Larry Simmons, Jr.

LCSimmons Consults; Nobody Asked Me Campaign

Simeon Niles

Morgan Health

Thomas Pacheco

Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman, LLC

Dena Robinson

Rashad Staton

Community Law in Action

Cynthia Meekins

African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs

Xander Perry

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/24/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/13/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.