Policy Priorities

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Advocacy Groups

  • Girls Incorporated
    Girls Incorporated is a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. With roots dating to 1864, Girls Inc has provided vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas. Today, innovative programs help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives.
  • GrandFamilies of America
    Provides grandparents and relative caregivers of relative children with the necessary tools to navigate the complex government systems.
  • Gun Policy News
    Hosted by School of Public Health at University of Sydney in Australia, it shares information about global efforts to prevent and reduce gun injury. The daily bulletin has global gun news, including from the United States, updates on firearm policy, and relevant articles published in mass media. The organization and its publication promotes the public health model as a form of firearm injury prevention.
  • Harlem Children's Zone
    Harlem Children's Zone is America's most ambitious effort to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Under the visionary leadership of its President and CEO, Geoffrey Canada, HCZ offers innovative, efficiently run programs that are aimed at doing nothing less than breaking the cycle of generational poverty for the thousands of children and families it serves. HCZ efforts aim to give poor children the stimulation and the opportunities that most kids growing up in middle-class neighborhoods receive from birth.
  • Health Care for America Now
    Health Care for America Now is a national grassroots campaign organizing millions of Americans to win a guarantee of quality, affordable health care for all. They are grounded in organizations that can mobilize people at work, at home, in their neighborhoods, and online. The Children's Defense Fund Action Council is an Organizational Member.
  • Healthy Families
    The Healthy Families Program is low-cost insurance that provides health, dental and vision coverage to children who do not have insurance today and do not qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal.
  • Human Rights Watch
    Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, they give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Their rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse.
  • Immigration Policy Center (IPC)
    The IPC provides policymakers, academics, the media, and the general public with access to accurate information about the effects of immigration on the U.S. economy and society.
  • Institute for Health Policy Solutions California
    Working to achieve health care coverage for all California families through policy and program innovation, technical assistance, applied research and best practice dissemination.
  • Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
    The Joint Center's research focuses on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color, and informs and educates policymakers and advocates to influence public opinion and national policy.
  • Justice Policy Institute
    The mission of the Justice Policy Institute is to promote effective solutions to social problems and to be dedicated to ending society’s reliance on incarceration.
  • Juvenile Law Center
    Juvenile Law Center (JLC) is one of the oldest multi-issue public interest law firms for children in the United States. JLC maintains a national litigation practice that includes appellate and amicus work. JLC promotes juvenile justice and child welfare reform in Pennsylvania and nationwide through policy initiatives and public education forums.
  • Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured
    The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured provides information and analysis on health care coverage and access for the low-income population, with a special focus on Medicaid's role and coverage of the uninsured
  • Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)
    KFF is a leading resource on health care, that publishes facts, data, polling, news reports and analysis in a manner relevant to researchers and accessible for people of all ages.
  • Kaisernetwork.org
    Kaisernetwork publishes a daily health policy report and a weekly health disparities report that synthesizes local and national health care news, as well as the latest research findings.


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