Social Justice

We improve the lives of America's youth through innovative approaches to criminal-justice reform and the integration of immigrants.
Social Justice

New York City has become a national laboratory for criminal-justice reform, having drawn widespread attention for jailing teenage inmates on violence-plagued Rikers Island.  We’ve set out to help dismantle this broken system and show that a new way of responding to crime is possible. Kaplan’s Youth Justice Program focuses on innovations targeted to divert, re-route, and support the success of youth and young adults.

Over the past decade, the Fund has made the successful integration of America’s foreign-born population a priority.  Working with partners across the nation, our Immigration Program has identified promising ways to support the integration of the 42 million foreign-born individuals who call the United States home, allowing them to thrive while contributing to the country’s civic, cultural, and economic vibrancy.

The Fund is currently refining the Immigration Program as we evaluate the developing needs of America’s immigrants.  We look forward to sharing further updates as our work in this area continues.

Recent News

Kaplan Grantee HIAS Helps Reunite a Syrian Family Separated by Trump’s Muslim Ban – Click Here To Read More

HIAS Helps Reunite Syrian Family Split by Trump’s Muslim Ban 

Kaplan Grantee Bard Prison Initiative is Making the Case for Why College-in-Prison Programs Work – Click Here To Read More

Former Harvard Education Dean: Why College-in-Prison Programs Work

Glenn Martin Takes Fact-Finding Tour at Rikers

Glenn Martin, President and Founder of Kaplan grantee JustLeadershipUSA, takes fact-finding tour at Rikers. Read the full article here:Ex-Inmate Takes Rikers Tour with Advocates

Safe Hands

Crain’s explains how Alan Shapiro started Terra Firma, a Kaplan grantee, which provides medical and legal services to immigrants in need. Safe Hands

Let Them Learn While They Serve

Kaplan Grantee Bard Prison Initiative, of Bard College, mentioned in New York Times Article “Let Prisoners Learn While They Serve.”

Read the article here: Let Prisoners Learn While They Serve – The New York Times