Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

Based in Montgomery, Alabama, the SPLC is an American nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation.
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Primary geographic focus: Alabama, NATIONAL
Organization type(s): Provider, Research/Policy/Organizing
Acronym or short name: SPLC
Tags: Civil Rights, Minorities: Racial/Ethnic

The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.  Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the Center works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. in 1971, the SPLC is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups. Our innovative Teaching Tolerance program produces and distributes – free of charge – documentary films, books, lesson plans and other materials that promote tolerance and respect in our nation’s schools.



Detained immigrants seeking asylum at border get help from Baltimore attorneys, law students

Jean Marbella
Baltimore Sun
December 28, 2018
Domzal and a fellow attorney at Ballard Spahr, Michelle McGeogh, are among hundreds of lawyers across the country who have taken time away from their paid work to travel to remote detention centers and represent undocumented immigrants.

Feature , Investigative , Video

Municipal Violations

John Oliver
Last Week Tonight, HBO
March 22, 2015
Sent to prison for being poor. Last Week Tonight dives into the legal financial obligation system and details the devastating consequences of court debt.

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