Our Mission

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs was established in 1968 to address issues of racial discrimination and entrenched poverty. Since then, the Committee has successfully litigated thousands of civil rights cases and advocated for public policy changes on behalf of individuals and groups in the areas of fair housing, equal employment opportunity, public accommodations, immigrant rights, disability rights, public education, prisoners’ rights, and more.

The pro bono contributions of lawyers and law firms allows the Committee’s staff to extend the reach of its impact for individuals and communities who experience violations of their civil rights in the Washington, D.C. region and across the country.

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s active litigation docket includes individual cases and class actions, as well as other larger law reform cases. The Committee also focuses on public policy advocacy and facilitates partnerships between law firms, businesses, and local public schools to provide enrichment activities and tutoring to underserved school communities.

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