Civil Rights -- Legislation Tracking Organizations


Organizations that track Civil Rights legislation.


Affirmative Action & Access to Education

Here are a couple of organizations that maintain comprehensive lists of resources or do large-scale tracking of laws and cases:

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) - Affirmative Action State Action 

Reviews state legislation and ballot initiatives that have affected affirmative action.

Here are individual organizations that work on affirmative action. We might want to do radio buttons or some kind of toggle to indicate whether they (1) provide legal services and/or (2) track legal developments.

American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity (AAAED)

A national not-for-profit working in the areas of affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity.  Resources on the site include, Federal Agency resources, Legal issues, Public Policy and Legslative Affairs.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Affirmative Action 

ACLU addresses issues such as Race and Criminal Justice, Race and Inequality in Education,  Court Cases

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing.

Here is a link to Supreme Court cases and resources:

Civil Rights Project (CRP) at UCLA, formerly at Harvard (Affirmative Action) 

The site focuses on civil rights and equal opportunity for racial and ethnic groups in the United States. (Cases) (Research)

The Leadership Conference (Affirmative Action)

The Leadership Conference is a 501(c)(4) organization that engages in legislative advocacy.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)

MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.  (Litigation and Public Policy)

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization.


Stand for Children (STAND)

STAND advocates for better and equal education standards for all children by utilizing a strong three-pillared approach: Parents, Politics, and Policy.

Natonal and State Campaigns  (TAKE ACTION)  

Equality Federation Legislative Action Center 

Equality Federation develops tools and resources that help state partners be more effective in the fight for full equality. Here is a link to your state legislative action center:

Criminal Justice

National Conference of State Legislatures - Civil and Criminal Justice

The NCSL Criminal Justice Program tracks state legislative interests and actions such as: legislative interest in law enforcement.

NCSL Pretrial Policy Search By State:

American Legislative Exchange Council - Criminal Justice Reform

ALEC task force on criminal justice, called the Justice Performance Project, has brought state legislators and stakeholders together to combat the trend of unforgiving and harsh criminal laws.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

The NAACP supports an increase in trust and public safety by advancing effective law enforcement practices and has been involved in informing effective law enforcement practices since its inception.  (Criminal Justice issues)

The NCJA (National Criminal Justice Association)

NCJA advocates for effective criminal justice policy and funding for state, local, and tribal justice assistance programs. NCJA tracks dozens of pieces of federal legislation which, if enacted, could impact state and local criminal justice policy and practice.  (Key issues and current legislation) 

The Sentencing Project

The Sentencing Project is a publication that works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration. Current issues: sentencing policy, incarcination, racial disparity and drug policy. ( How to get your Senators involved)  (How to get involved and take action)

The Brennan Center for Justice

The Brennan Center uses a combination of inter-disciplinary research, innovative policy development, legislative advocacy, litigation, and communications work to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector. -(Policy Issues, Legislation and Court Cases)

Free Speech

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)

The Institute for Free Speech (IFS)

The IFS promotes and defends the First Amendment rights to freely speak, assemble, publish, and petition the government through strategic litigation, communication, activism, training, research, and education. They track and analyze proposed legislation and regulations at the federal and state levels that could negatively affect these rights.   (Current Litigation)  (Policy and Issues)

Free Speech for People 

Free Speech For engages in legal advocacy to advance a new jurisprudence on money in politics and to confront the misuse of the U.S. Constitution and                 

(Legal Advocacy Overview)  


FIRE’s (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education)

Legislative and Policy Program promotes legislation and policy that protects students’ and faculty’s right to freedom of speech, while combating measures that would restrict the exercise of that crucial right.  (Legislation)

FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project is a national effort to eliminate unconstitutional speech codes through targeted First Amendment lawsuits.

Bill Track 50  (FREE SPEECH Bill Tracking)

BillTrack50 is a free service for citizens to look up information about federal and state bills and legislators.


CHLP - (The Center For HIV Policy) 

The CHLP HIV Policy Resource Bank is a comprehensive database of materials to inform and support sound HIV advocacy.  (HIV LAWS BY STATE)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

HIV Specific Criminal Laws / HIV and the LAW  (HIV and the law) 

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is the largest federal program focused specifically on providing HIV care and treatment services to people living with HIV.  (Program Legislation)


HIV.GOV is a comprehensive site dealing with civil rights, workplace rights, and laws protecting people with HIV/AIDS .  


GovTrack.US publishes the status of federal legislation, information about your representative and senators in Congress including voting records, and original research on bills and votes.

Browse bills in the U.S. Congress related to the subject HIV/AIDS.  (HIV bills in Congress)

Housing Rights

HUD (Dept of Housing and Urban Development)

The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children.  (Tenant rights by State) (Find your local office / File a complaint)

NLIHC (National Low Income Housing Coalition)

The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes and hold federal, state and local policy makers accountable for solving the housing problems of low income people.  (How to Take Action) (Policy Focus / Election Map)

NFHA (National Fair Housing Alliance)

The National Fair Housing Alliance is dedicated to ending housing discrimination and fostering diverse, inclusive communities through advocacy.  

Human Rights

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people. The site offers information on research, mobilization and advocacy!

United for Human Rights (UHR)

United for Human Rights (UHR) is an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to implementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at local, regional, national and international levels. (Many ways to GET ACTIVE!) 

The United Nations Human Rights Council

United Nations System inter-governmental body responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the world. 

Democratic governance, as supported by the United Nations emphasizes the role of individuals and peoples — all of them, without any exclusion — in shaping their human growth and the human development of societies. (Democracy and Human Rights)

NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)

The NAACP are frontline advocates committed to raising awareness for political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens in the electoral process. With approximately 2,000 adult branches, youth councils, and college chapters in 49 states, 5 countries and the District of Columbia, the NAACP is actively engaged in increasing the African American responsiveness of citizens to be fully engaged in the democratic process. (Civic Engagement - GET INVOLVED)

The Advocates For Human Rights

The Advocates for Human Rights implements international human rights standards to promote civil society and to reinforce the rule of law. By involving volunteers in research, education, and advocacy, we build broad constituencies in the United States and in communities around the world.  -(A list of Human Rights Organizations 

Be part of The Advocates for Human Rights' life-saving, life-changing work. Become an advocate for human rights today.

GOVTRACK.US tracks the United States Congress and helps Americans participate in their national legislature.

Browse bills in the U.S. Congress related to the subject Human rights. (Track bills in Congress) (Research and track legislation in the United States Congress, including Members of Congress, bills and resolutions, voting records, and committee activity)

Immigrants Rights

ACLU - (American Civil Liberites Union)

The ACLU offers information on  ICE, detention, State/Local Immigration Laws, deportation and many other relevant topics.

America's Voice

America's Voice works in partnership with progressive, faith-based, labor, civil rights, and grassroots groups, networks, and leaders to policies and legislation that will stabilize the lives of 11 million Americans-in-waiting and put them on the road to full citizenship.

Keep track of House and Senate immigration legislation and immigration reform legislation, as bills are introduced, move through committee, and onto the floor.

US Dept of Justice

The Policy and Strategy Section supports and coordinates the policy work of the Division, providing a focal point for proactive policy development and legislative proposals.

AILA (America Immigration Lawyers Association) 

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration. Topics:  Congressional Updages, Pending legislation, enacted legislation and upcoming hearings.

ILRC (Imimigration Legal Resource Center)

The mission of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people. Get involved in : Civic Engagement, Legal Assistance and Policy and Advocacy

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants - USCRI

USCRI was established "To protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and support their transition to a dignified life."

Get involved!

NCSL - National Conference of State Legislatures

The Immigrant Policy Project provides nonpartisan research, analysis, and technical assistance to state legislators and legislative staff across the country on federal and state immigration-related laws and promising practices in immigrant integration. 

Topics such as: State Immigration Laws, Sanctuary Policy, Refugee Resettlement and an Immigration Database.

Indigenous Peoples

United Nations - Division for Social Policy and Development Indigenous Peoples  General Info on all the programs and resources offered.

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues  (UNPFII)

UNPFII is the UN's central coordinating body for matters relating to the concerns and rights of the world's indigenous peoples.

Amnesty International 

Amnesty works with Indigenous Peoples to develop urgently needed laws to protect their lands, cultures and livelihoods. At the international level, Indigenous Peoples have made their voices heard and effectively lobbied governments. Get involved! GET INVOLVED

ACLU (The American Civil Liberties Union) 

The ACLU is committed to defending the rights of American Indians and tribes to be free from discrimination and governmental abuse of power, whether the government be federal, state, or tribal.

Juvenile Justice

NCSL - The National Conference of State Legislatures

NCSL provides up to date, real time information about juvenile justice legislation that has been introduced or enacted in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. (Bill Tracking Database) 

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ)

CJJ is a nationwide coalition of State Advisory Groups (SAGs) and allies dedicated to preventing children and youth from becoming involved in the courts and upholding the highest standards of care when youth are charged with wrongdoing and enter the justice system.

CJJ serves and supports State Advisory Groups that are principally responsible for monitoring and supporting their state’s progress in addressing the four core requirements of the JJDPA:  (Federal Policy)

Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)

CDF advocates for the humane and rehabilitative treatment of all children in the juvenile justice system, and ultimately, for systemic reform at the local, state and federal levels.  (Ways To Take Action)  (Policy Priorities) 

American Bar Association (ABA) 

ABA monitors legislative, fiscal, policy and administrative changes in juvenile justice systems across the nation. (Policies, Resources and Projects) 

LGBT Rights

ACLU -(American Civil Liberties Union) - Legislation Affecting LGBT rights across the country

HRC  - The Human Rights Campaign - Legislation 

HRC, along with many advocates, work to lobby members of Congress on critical legislation that would greatly affect the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans. (Legislation and Policies Supported) 

Freedom For All Americans 

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Check out the 2018 Legislative Tracker!  

MAP- Movement Advancement Project 

Movement Advancement Project is an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight and analysis.  (Non-Discrimination Laws by State and Issue)  (Advocacy Organizations and Resources) 

Freedom For All Americans (FFAA)

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. 

Legislation related to LGBTQ discrimination – including comprehensive nondiscrimination bills, bills blocking local control, anti-transgender bills, and religious refusal bills.

SPLC (Southern Poverty Legal Center)

SPLC works with the courts to ensure that LGBT people achieve full equality under the law and focuses primarily on the Southeast, where relatively few organizations advocate for the LGBT community.  (Latest news and cases)  

Mental Health

Govtrack.US tracks the United States Congress and helps Americans participate in their national legislature.

Track bills in the U.S. Congress related to the subject Mental health.

MHA - Mental Health America 

The nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.

Issues such as: Current Legislation, Legislative Priorities, Advocacy Network

National Council for Behavioral Health

The National Council advocates for policies that ensure people who have mental health and substance use disorders have access to comprehensive, evidence-based health care services.

Key Legislations, Find your officials, Advocacy and ways to Take Action


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Mental Health reform legislation in Congress

Take action on Advocacy

Privacy, Technology & Surveillance

ACLU (American Civil Liberites Union) 

The ACLU has been at the forefront of the struggle to prevent the entrenchment of a surveillance state by challenging the secrecy of the government’s surveillance and watchlisting practices; its violations of our rights to privacy, free speech, due process, and association; and its stigmatization of minority communities and activists disproportionately targeted by surveillance. 

Issues include: NSA Surveillance, Watchlists and Surveillance by other agencies

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

EFF is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world.  (TAKE ACTION)  (Privacy Topics and Updates)

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) 

CCR is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CCR has consistently sought to expose and oppose government surveillance. 

EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center)

EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, established to focus public attention on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, freedom of expression, and democratic values in the information age. 

The Domestic Surveillance Project focuses on the privacy and civil liberties implications of emerging technologies used to conduct domestic surveillance. The project focuses on technologies that can be used in public surveillance of the masses, including drones, biometrics (e.g. facial recognition), and license plate readers. (Track privacy campaigns)

Prisoners’ Rights

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)  (Current Issues) (Public Policy)

Prison Policy Initiative

The non-profit/non-partisan Prison Policy Initiative challenges over-criminalization and mass incarceration through research, advocacy, and organizing.  (Successful campaigns)   (Litigation success)

Racial Justice

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)  (Current Issues)

EJI - The Equal Justice Initiative

EJI is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States. 

Support advocacy and reform efforts, get politically active and write your legislators to encourage their support for Prison Sentencing Reform.  (Get Involved) 

The Brennan Center for Justice

Advocate against racial disparity and injustice.  

Religious Freedom

NCSL ( National Conference of State Legislatures)


USCIRF (United States Commission on Religious Freedom)

USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission which makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the Congressional leadership of both political parties.

Be able to track all new policy updates related to the status of religious freedom in the countries USCIRF monitors (Government correspondence) 

Seniors & Elders 

NCSL (National Conference State Legislatures)

Monitor your State's Legilation on Financial Crimes Against The Elderly

Justice In Aging  (Fighting Senior Poverty)

Justice in Aging is a national organization that uses the power of law to fight senior poverty by securing access to affordable health care, economic security, and the courts for older adults with limited resources. 

Track advocacy and litigation cases

Senior Citizens League (TSCL)

One of the nation's largest nonpartisan seniors groups. 

Track bills in Congress that impact Social Security, Medicare, and other senior issues.   (Bill Tracking)   (Ways to take action and advocate!)

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) 

The NCEA provides the latest information regarding research, training, best practices, news and resources on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation to professionals and the public.

Government actions impacting older adults and elders experience abuse, neglect and exploitation.    Government Laws and Public Policies  Ways to get involved - Make a Difference

Women’s Rights & Gender Equality

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) 

The ACLU Women’s Rights Project deals with these and other issues:  violence against women, rights in the workplace, women and criminal justice. 

US Dept. of Labor - Working Women's Clearinghouse

A central and searchable repository of federal government resources, tools, and publications of interest to women. Issues such as: Equal Pay, Knowing your rights, Pregnancy rights.

Planned Parenthood - TAKE ACTION

Planned Parenthood is under attack like never before. Here’s how you can fight back NOW.

NOW - National Organization For Women

NOW is the grassroots arm of the women’s movement and is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights.

The National Action Campaigns are a set of action priorities for activists around the country.

NOW’s five campaigns are: (1) End the Criminalization of Trauma; (2) Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment; (3) Mobilize for Reproductive Justice; (4) Advance Voting Rights; and (5) Protect Immigrant Rights.

Veterans’ Rights

House Committee on Veteran's Affairs  

The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs is the authorizing committee for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The committee is responsible for recommending legislation expanding, curtailing, or fine-tuning existing laws relating to veterans' benefits.   Congress Legislation

United States Senate Committe on Veterans' Affairs

Track Current Legislations


Legiscan provides the nation's first impartial real-time legislative tracking service designed for both public citizens and government affairs professionals across all sectors in organizations large and small. 

Bills pending US Congress Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee

NCSL (National Conference of State Legislation) - Veterans Rights

The National Conference of State Legislatures works to bring you updated information about bills that have been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia related to military and veterans issues.  Legislation Tracker

 Voting Rights

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)

Through litigation and advocacy, the ACLU is fighting back against attempts to curtail an essential right in our democracy, the right to vote. ​ISSUES: promoting access to the ballot, voter suppression, voter rights and restoration and gerrymandering.

Brenner Center for Justice 

The Brennan Center is a nonpartisan law and policy institute at New York University that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. Its work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform.   Voting Rights and Elections

Common Cause

Common Cause, is a nonpartisan citizens advocacy group that is fighting to inmsure that every adult American has easy access to the ballot and that every vote is counted as cast. There are chapters in 35 states and members in all 50 states. The Common Cause website has a map that you click on to see if there is a chapter near you.  Many ways to take action and advocate. 

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