Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ)

Nonprofit, public interest law firm founded 2003 and committed to advancing racial and economic justice. Headquartered in Jackson, with offices in Biloxi and Indianola.
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Primary geographic focus: Mississippi
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: MCJ

Mississippi Center for Justice is a nonprofit, public interest law firm committed to advancing racial and economic justice. Supported and staffed by attorneys and other professionals, the Center develops and pursues strategies to combat discrimination and poverty statewide.

Mississippi Center for Justice was organized to address the urgent need to re-establish in-state advocacy on behalf of low-income people and communities of color. Since its beginnings, the Center has advanced social and economic justice in Mississippi

When the Mississippi Center for Justice opened its doors in 2003, it did so with direction from its board to attack a laundry list of policies that keep Mississippi at the bottom of nearly every indicator of human well being. It would require untangling well-entrenched policies that seemed perfectly designed to deny poor and African-American Mississippians access to meaningful opportunity to advance themselves.

Today, progress is being made. As a home-grown public interest law firm, the Center is advancing racial and economic justice through an approach that combines legal services with policy advocacy, community education and media advocacy. The Center partners with national, regional and community organizations and volunteers to develop and implement campaigns that are creating better futures for low-wealth Mississippians and communities of color in the areas of educational opportunity, financial security, access to healthcare, affordable housing and community development.


News Story

In America’s Payday Loan Capital, Innovative Microcredit Helps Break The Debt Cycle

Christina Wilkie
Huffington Post
June 20, 2015
How an innovative microcredit partnership is helping to break the cycle of debt by providing alternatives to predatory lending.

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Jackson 5th worst in eviction, Mississippi 8th

Jerry Mitchell
Clarion Ledger (Jackson, MS)
April 12, 2018
More than 24 people on average are evicted each weekday in Jackson from places they are renting — the fifth highest rate among cities of more than 100,000.

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