Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Constitution Project

  • Washington, DC
  • www.constitutionproject.org

Mission Statement

The Constitution Project (TCP) brings together unlikely allies—experts and practitioners from across the political spectrum—to promote and safeguard America's founding charter. TCP is working to reform the nation's broken criminal justice system and to strengthen the rule of law by undertaking scholarship, policy reform and public education initiatives. The Constitution Project was born out the belief that we must cast aside the labels that divide us, in order to keep our Constitution and our democracy strong.

Main Programs

  1. RULE OF LAW PROGRAM
  2. CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Service Areas

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National

Established in 1997, The Constitution Project (TCP) is a bipartisan watchdog that is known for its ability to bring together unlikely allies—experts and practitioners from across the political spectrum—in order to promote and safeguard America’s founding charter. TCP works to reform the nation’s broken criminal justice system and tostrengthen the rule of law by undertaking scholarship, policy reform and publiceducation initiatives. TCP was born out of the belief that we must cast aside the labels that divide us, in order to keep our Constitution and our democracy strong.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 1997

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Ms. Virginia E. Sloan

Keywords

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?Constitution?, ?rights?, ?liberties?, ?death penalty? ,?sentencing?, ?judicial independence?, ?checks and balances?

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Also Known As

TCP

EIN

52-2218789

 Number

6025906256

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

RULE OF LAW PROGRAM

The work of four committees supports our Rule of Law Program: the Liberty and Security Committee, the War Powers Committee, the Courts Committee, and the Constitutional Amendments Committee. The Rule of Law Program seeks to protect a robust separation of powers, which, in practice, has frequently involved combating threats to constitutional liberties stemming from the assertions of expansive presidential authority, and resisting efforts by both Congress and the President to strip the courts of their jurisdiction to oversee the actions of the executive and legislative branches.  Specific threats include warrantless domestic surveillance; the denial of habeas corpus rights to “enemy combatants;” the increasing and unrestricted use of terrorist watch lists; the mistreatment of immigrants under the guise of combating terrorism; and increasing governmental secrecy that conceals wrongdoing and prevents Americans from knowing what the government is doing in our names.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 2

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

TCP's Criminal Justice Program is comprised of three bipartisan committees: the Death Penalty Committee, the Right to Counsel Committee, and the Sentencing Committee. These committees help us to address unwarranted increases in prosecutorial discretion; our broken capital punishment system; restrictions on access to the courts and on the courts’ ability to remedy injustices; the disparate treatment of racial and ethnic minorities; and complex criminal laws and procedures that create even more injustices.

Category

Crime & Legal

Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

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National

Established in 1997, The Constitution Project (TCP) is a bipartisan watchdog that is known for its ability to bring together unlikely allies—experts and practitioners from across the political spectrum—in order to promote and safeguard America’s founding charter. TCP works to reform the nation’s broken criminal justice system and tostrengthen the rule of law by undertaking scholarship, policy reform and publiceducation initiatives. TCP was born out of the belief that we must cast aside the labels that divide us, in order to keep our Constitution and our democracy strong.

Funding Needs

The Constitution Project is continuously seeking funding for our various programs and projects that fall under our two main areas of focus: Rule of Law and Criminal Justice.

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THE CONSTITUTION PROJECT
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Virginia E. Sloan

BIO

Virginia E. Sloan founded the Constitution Project in 1997 and is now its President and a member of its Board of Directors. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Task Force on Gender, Race and Ethnic Bias of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and as a counsel to the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, including several years as counsel to the Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights. Ms. Sloan began her legal career in Los Angeles, as a law clerk to a federal judge and as a Deputy Federal Public Defender. Ms. Sloan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Center for Human Rights and the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project. She also serves as a Special Counsel to the American Bar Association?s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities and is a member of the Steering Committee of the ABA?s Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project. She also served on the ABA?s Commission on State Court Funding. She is a member of the Honorary Board of the Washington Council of Lawyers and a past member of the Board of the ACLU of the National Capital Area.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Constitution Project (TCP) turned fifteen years old in 2012. As I reviewed our accomplishments of the past year, I was struck that so many of the questions and debates that prompted us to form TCP a decade and a half ago were back in the news in 2011. Questions such as: Under what circumstances is it prudent to amend the Constitution? What executive branch foreign policy-making decisions require congressional authorization? How can the rights and liberties secured by our Founders in the Age of Revolution be protected in the Digital Age?
Throughout our existence, TCP has repeatedly demonstrated that reasonable people, no matter what their political persuasion, can find common ground, even on the thorniest of legal issues. In 2011, we continued to achieve bipartisan consensus on a host of matters. We issued two major bipartisan reports, sponsored and participated in numerous public education events, filed several amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs in important state and federal cases, and worked with policymakers at the federal and state level to protect the rule of law and reform our nation’s criminal justice system.
Now, in our fifteenth year, TCP remains as dedicated as ever to its unique mission: bringing together policy experts and legal practitioners from across the political spectrum in order to address the constitutional challenges of our time. As a result, we have earned a reputation for principled inquiry and credible policy recommendations, and our subject matter experts are regularly consulted by state and federal legislators, executive branch agencies, non-governmental organizations and the media.
The events of the last year remind us once again that defending the Constitution cannot be entrusted to any single ideological faction or political party. They also underscore the notion that, if we set aside the labels that divide us, we can work together to protect for future generations the democratic rights and values that keep our republic strong. For those who are learning about us for the first time, I am grateful for your interest and hope that you will join our cause."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Stephen F. Hanlon

Holland & Knight, LLP

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