Oregon Justice Resource Center was founded in 2011 by Bobbin Singh and Erin McKee. We work to promote civil rights and improve legal representation for communities that have often been underserved in the past: people living in poverty and people of color among them. We work in collaboration with other, like-minded, organizations to maximize our reach to serve underrepresented populations, to train future public interest lawyers, and to educate our community on civil rights and current civil liberties concerns.
Our work includes:
- Immigrant Rights Project: provides personalized advice to public defense providers regarding the immigration consequences of pleas and convictions for non-citizens. IRP attorneys work with defense counsel to assess the risks of detention, deportation, and inadmissibility, as well as the likelihood and best options for discretionary relief from deportation based on the non-citizen’s criminal, immigration, family, and personal history.
- Oregon Innocence Project: to assist people who have been wrongly convicted and imprisoned in clearing their names.
- Women's Justice Project: to address the needs of women in the criminal justice system through direct services to incarcerated women as well as litigation, legislative reform, and other policy and communications initiatives.
- Criminal justice reform: to promote better understanding of and reform of Oregon's criminal justice system.
- Amicus Curiae support: to provide amicus assistance to cases presenting significant social justice issues or of particular concern to communities typically underserved by the legal system.
- Law student training: to offer opportunities to students to learn about important issues affecting the criminal justice system, work on cases, and develop skills in investigation, research, and writing.
We employ a holistic approach to criminal justice reform, using integrative advocacy as our model. This strategy includes focused direct legal services, public awareness campaigns, strategic partnerships, and coordinating our legal and advocacy areas to positively impact outcomes in favor of criminal justice reforms.