About ECRA

The Education Civil Rights Alliance is a diverse and experienced group of organizers, educator organizations, community groups, professional associations, civil rights organizations, and government agencies that are committed to protecting the civil rights of marginalized students.

Steering Committee Members

  • American Federation of Teachers
    American Federation of Teachers

    The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities.

  • Communities for Just Schools Fund
    Communities for Just Schools Fund

    The Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF) is a new national donor collaborative that supports constituency-led organizing efforts to create positive and supportive school climates, which affirm and foster the success of all students.

  • Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline
    Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline

    Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline (Gwinnett SToPP), organizes parents, youth and community around reversing the school to prison pipeline trend by increasing public awareness and promoting policy changes through data accountability and fact-based incident reporting.

  • Jonathan Schorr LLC
    Jonathan Schorr LLC

    Communications and strategy for causes that matter.

  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
    Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

    The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities.

  • Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

    The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States.

  • Legal Aid Justice Center
    Legal Aid Justice Center

    The Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC) fights injustice in the lives of individual Virginians while rooting out exploitative policies and practices that keep people in poverty.

  • National Center for Youth Law
    National Center for Youth Law

    The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) has worked for more than four decades to improve the lives of marginalized children and youth. NCYL leads campaigns, weaving together research, public awareness, policy development, technical assistance and litigation to ensure governmental systems provide the support these children and youth need to thrive.

  • National Disability Rights Network
    National Disability Rights Network

    The National Disability Rights Network (“NDRN”) is the non-profit membership association of protection and advocacy and Client Assistance Program agencies located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the United States Territories, with a Native American Consortium affiliate located in the Four Corners region.

  • National Education Association
    National Education Association

    The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs.

  • National Women’s Law Center
    National Women’s Law Center

    The National Women's Law Center has worked for more than 40 years to protect and promote equality and opportunity for women and families. We champion policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential at every stage of their lives — at school, at work, at home, and in retirement.

  • Open Society Policy Center
    Open Society Policy Center

    The Open Society Policy Center (OSPC) is a non-partisan and non-profit 501(c)(4) organization that engages in advocacy aimed at influencing U.S. government policy on domestic and international issues, including civil rights and liberties, criminal justice reform, immigration, multilateralism, development assistance, health policy and promotion of human rights, transparency and accountability.

  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
    Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

    The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty.

  • Children Law Center
    Children Law Center

    Children’s Law Center, Inc. (CLC), established in 1989, is a non-profit legal service center protecting the rights of children and youth to help them overcome barriers and transition into adulthood, better advocate for their needs, and successfully contribute to society. It provides individual legal advocacy to children and youth, and through public policy work, training and education, impact litigation, and juvenile defender support services, seeks to improve the systems that serve them. CLC offers services in both Kentucky and Ohio, and collaborates with other organizations within the region and nationally on a variety of topics.

  • UCLA Center for Civil Rights Remedies
    UCLA Center for Civil Rights Remedies

    The Civil Rights Project’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies (CCRR) is dedicated to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for children from subgroups who have been discriminated against historically due to their race/ethnicity, and who are frequently subjected to exclusionary practices such as disciplinary removal, over-representation in special education, and reduced access to a college-bound curriculum.

  • NEA Foundation
    NEA Foundation

    The NEA Foundation is a public charity founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students.

  • Lambda Legal
    Lambda Legal

    Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we do not charge our clients for legal representation or advocacy, and we receive no government funding. We depend on contributions from supporters around the country.

  • NAACP LDF
    NAACP LDF

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments. LDF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Education Civil Rights Alliance Members

Advancement Project

Advocates for Children of New York

American Civil Liberties Union

American Federation of Teachers

The Arc of the United States

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Center for Law and Education

Children’s Defense Fund

Children’s Law Center (KY)

Civitas ChildLaw Center, Loyola University Chicago School of Law 

Communities for Just Schools Fund

The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

Delaware State Education Association

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

East Bay Community Law Center

Education Deans for Justice and Equity

Education Law Center

Education Law Center (PA)

Education Rights Network (PA)

Equal Justice Society

Equal Rights Advocates

Family Equality Council

Georgia Advocacy Office

Georgia Legal Services Program

GLSEN

Goodmark Law Firm

Gwinnett SToPP

Human Rights Campaign

Jonathan Schorr, LLC

Julius L. Chambers Center for Civil Rights

Juvenile Law Center

LAF Chicago

Lambda Legal

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Legal Aid Justice Center (VA)

Learning Rights Law Center (CA)

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

NAACP

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

National Black Child Development Institute

National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Center for Youth Law

National Disability Rights Network

National Education Association

National Education Association Foundation

National Women’s Law Center

Native American Disability Law Center

Open Society Policy Center

Oregon Education Association

Pegasus Legal Services for Children

The Praxis Project

Public Counsel

Public Rights Project

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Schott Foundation for Public Education

School Justice Project

Southern Education Foundation

Southern Poverty Law Center

Steven Granberg Attorney at Law

Systems Change Consulting

Texas Appleseed

UCLA Center for Civil Rights Remedies

Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

Youth on Board

Youth Justice Project, Southern Coalition for Social Justice

The National Center for Youth Law is the convener of the Education Civil Rights Alliance.