At this critical time in our nation’s history, EJI is more committed than ever to protecting our most vulnerable citizens from abuse, bigotry, and unfair treatment. America has the highest rate of incarceration in the world; one in three Black male babies is expected to go to jail or prison; and an astonishing number of innocent people have been wrongly convicted and condemned, some to death by execution. Most states continue to prosecute young children as adults and place them in horrific conditions of confinement where they must survive isolation, sexual violence, and abuse.
Racial inequality and abuse and mistreatment of immigrants, religious minorities, and other disfavored communities are on the rise. Police violence and disturbing rhetoric justifying hate and bigotry present challenges that we must face. Our nation is still shadowed by a history of racial inequality that has not been adequately addressed.
EJI is working to confront these problems. In the last year we won the release of incarcerated people who were wrongly convicted or unfairly sentenced. We continue to win major cases eliminating excessive punishment and unfair sentencing. We are building a museum to confront our history of racial injustice and a memorial to victims of racial terror. We are actively engaging communities in racial justice work and producing influential reports, videos, and educational materials.
Charity Navigator is now featuring EJI as one of the two highest rated Advocacy and Education organizations in its Holiday Giving Guide, a quick reference to the highest and lowest-rated charities that is designed to help donors make intelligent giving decisions during the holiday season.
We need your support now more than ever. We hope you will continue to stand with us as we fight to assist the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. With your help, we can create a more just nation.
Thank you for your support.