There are many social justice organizations in the United States and around the world. Some work locally, nationally, or internationally. All serve an important purpose in preserving people’s rights.
Sometimes those in government, in particular, overstep their authority and abuse a person’s human or civil rights. These types of organizations can give a voice to those who are otherwise hopelessly outmatched in every way by those who are in positions of power.
In Washington state, there are many organizations of this type. One that protects the rights of those who are undocumented or a migrant is the Colective Legal del Pueblo, for example. This group gives these people legal support when their rights are violated. They also help build strong communities among these groups of people. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
Another similar organization is El Centro de la Razza which supports the entire Latino community in the state. Their mission statement is to help build a unity that includes everyone of every race and economic condition.
In California there are also many nonprofits pursuing justice. There’s the American Civil Liberties Union, of course, which has chapters across the nation.
There are also other examples such as the California Immigrant Policy Center which advocates for inclusive policies in that state. Another one is the California Civil Rights Coalition which operates across the state. They address many issues such as unfair housing and an unfair criminal justice system but they also fight for social equity and equality and the rights of everyone.
In the state of Arizona there are also those who fight for other’s rights. One of these is the Frontera Fund. This fund was founded by two journalists who had their civil rights violated by the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had been writing a negative story about him and the sheriff had his deputies break into their homes in the middle of the night and whisk them off to jail in unmarked vans. In the morning when people found out about this there was an up cry and they were released.
After being released from jail Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sued the county. The won a $3.75 million settlement and they decided to use all of that money to help others who had their rights violated.
The types of organizations they support are primarily those that focus on how Hispanics in that state are routinely denied their rights.