Racial Justice Training Institute


The Racial Justice Training Institute is grounded in a commitment to race-equity as an integral and essential part of antipoverty advocacy and assumes that legal aid and public interest lawyers are key to achieving real change. The overarching goal of the Institute is to develop a network of equal justice advocates committed to advancing a coordinated racial justice advocacy agenda. These advocates will be trained to recognize the impact of structural racism and to develop the skills necessary to engage in strategic analysis and creative race-based advocacy. 

The inaugural class of trainees, selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, serves a diverse population of clients and includes 38 attorneys from 19 organizations in 11 states. Here is what some of them had to say at a recent meeting in Chicago.