Students’ Civil Rights Project

Public Justice’s Students’ Civil Rights Project uses litigation and advocacy to combat harassment and other forms of discrimination so that all students can learn and thrive in school. Our unique strategy for effecting lasting, systemic change pairs innovative legal advocacy with outreach, education, and mobilization efforts that empower young people to be catalysts for critical reforms.

Our work is rooted in, and steered by, our commitment to educational access, legal accountability, and youth empowerment.

Every student must be able to access education in a learning environment that is free from discrimination, including harassment and violence. No student should lose out on the chance to learn because of their race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other part of who they are. And no student should fear going to school because they are the target of discrimination, bullying, or other abuse.

There must be accountability for schools and leaders who fail to create the safe learning environment required under the law. All schools have a legal obligation to provide an equal opportunity for all students to learn. When schools fail to do so, we take them to court to ensure long-lasting change.

As advocates for equitable schools, we work to empower young people – including students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and student survivors of sexual harassment – to organize, advocate and stand for change in their K-12 schools, colleges, and universities.

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Youth Empowerment. Educational Access. Legal Accountability.

Our Team

Learn more about the Students’ Civil Rights Project team of attorneys:

Adele Kimmel
Director, Students’ Civil Rights Project

Alexandra Brodsky
Staff Attorney

Mollie Berkowitz
Students’ Civil Rights Project Fellow

Shariful Khan
Skadden Fellow

Sean Ouellette
Staff Attorney

The Students’ Civil Rights Project is a vital partner in the collective fight for gender and racial justice for students. Their legal team is exceptional and their humanity immense. We deeply value them.

-Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO, National Women’s Law Center

Make Lasting Change

The Students’ Civil Rights Project increases access to education, holds institutions accountable and empowers young people, especially LGBTQ youth, students facing gender-based or sexual harassment and students of color who are harassed or disproportionately disciplined.


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