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.

Recent News

CIVIC Now Freedom For Immigrants

The California-based non-profit is changing its name to Freedom for Immigrants to better reflect its mission to free all people from the bonds of immigration detention.

Stephanie Gibbs of Safe Passage Project Featured on Podcast

Stephanie Gibbs of Safe Passage Project, as well as Irma Solis from NYCLU, speak about how the Department of Justice, ICE, and the local police are violating due process of immigrant children on the podcast “Pod Save the People.” Listen to the whole podcast: People Built This

Gina Clayton and Essie Justice Group in Vogue

Gina Clayton and her colleagues at Essie Justice Group were highlighted in Vogue for their fight to reform the Criminal Justice system. Read the full article: A Matter of Justice

Founders of CIVIC Recieve Leadership Award

Christina Fialho and Christina Mansfield, founders of Social Justice grantee CIVIC, were recently awarded The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for their work to end isolation and create human conditions for immigrants in detention centers. Click here to read more: The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards

David Muhammed on Youth Justice

David Muhammed, a 2017 JMK Innovation Prize Awardee, writes about the desperately needed paradigm shift in the administration of youth justice in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.
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