The ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice (COREJ)
examines issues stemming from the intersection of race and ethnicity with the
legal system. COREJ partners with both ABA and non-ABA entities to develop
policies, programming, and other initiatives to address these issues. We
consider ourselves the conscience of the ABA when social justice issues disproportionately
affect people of color who are too often the most voiceless and vulnerable
Halting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Advocacy Toolkit
The Coalition has been tackling the school-to-prison pipeline issue for years. In 2023, COREJ released the Halting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Advocacy Toolkit to aid stakeholders in enacting local and state change.
Halting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Stakeholders Convening - Feb. 4, 2023
The school-to-prison pipeline – the various policies and
practices in our educational system that result in students
leaving school and becoming involved in the criminal justice
system – remains one of our nation’s most formidable
challenges. The Convening will provide an opportunity for
stakeholders and others to review and comment on key
issues addressed in the draft ABA legislative tool kit
designed to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.
*Both in-person and virtual options will be available.
Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline Legislative Tool Kit
Staff, members and volunteers from other interested entities and affiliated organizations conducted a holistic review of the 359 legislative bills, assessing both positive and negative impacts, in an effort to develop concrete suggestions for legislative change. This legislative guide or “toolkit” that can be used by those advocating for positive change on the state and local level to ultimately dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Webinar Series
In this engaging series, we dove into the experiences of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities along with the social, political, and economic issues they have and continue to face. We addressed topics including systemic discrimination, stereotypes, constitutional rights, identity and intersectionality, and more. The webinar series culminated with an impactful teach-in, a call for action for the ABA community to stop hate and violence against Asian Americans. Don't miss the voices of featured speakers in their call to action captured in webinar recordings!
Your gift to the Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice provides resources to educate lawyers, judges, bar associations and our communities. We design substantive programs focused on social justice issues and eliminating racial/ethnic bias in the justice system.
In 1992 a Presidential Task Force on Minorities in the Justice system was created in the aftermath of the Rodney King disturbances. Shortly thereafter, a report was issued with recommendations by the Task Force.