For 50 years now, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law has been working to fight poverty in America. We work at the root, not the branch. Our goal is to make justice, equality, and opportunity work for everyone.

We take a stand where it matters.

Employment, housing, education, healthcare, economic policies, and community justice—€”we focus on every issue that has an outsized impact on social and economic mobility for the people with low income.

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We push for solutions that work.

We gather intelligence from the bottom up and the top down. Informed by our clients' experience, we tap those who deliver services on the ground, those who evaluate models and theories, and those who wrangle budgets and votes.

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We build teams and develop leaders.

We hone advocates' skills and connect them to each other and to the intelligence and information resource networks they need to be effective.

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We move the action from defense to offense and from state to state.

One person's story is an anecdote. One court case is a footnote. We choose the stories and cases that will change a whole system. We track the tactics that work in one state, then adapt them to win the battle in the next.

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"The only genuine elite is the elite of those men and women who gave their lives to justice and charity."

Robert Sargent "Sarge" Shriver Jr. (1915-2011)

Was a politician, peacebuilder, and tireless activist for social reform. He inspired thousands to work toward justice, opportunity, and service. Over Shriver's extraordinary career, he founded the Peace Corps, Head Start, Job Corps, VISTA, and Legal Services for the Poor.

Shriver particularly focused on the role of the law and lawyers to advance justice and opportunity. He envisioned a legal profession that worked with and for people in poverty.

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law is proud to bear his name and carry forward his work to create, support, and sustain a workforce of advocates for justice.