Civil Rights Project
Civil Rights Project (CRP): The criminal legal system in the Oregon raises serious constitutional and civil rights concerns, which play out on a number of fronts: racial disparities in arrests, convictions, and sentencing; criminalization of poverty; misconduct and abuse by law enforcement; and, cruel and unusual conditions of confinement, to name a few.
The CRP examines, tracks, and litigates civil rights issues related to the criminal justice system. The CRP seeks to secure equal and fair treatment individuals intersecting with the criminal legal system, and accountability and systemic reform through strategic litigation, public education, programming, and policy advocacy.
Working with OJRC’s executive director, Juan will develop and implement the mission and goals of the CRP. The OJRC will have more details about the criteria for case selection, scope of work, and priority issues. Check back for details.
Project Director and Attorney: Juan C. Chavez has practiced law in Oregon since 2013. His practice focuses on ending mass incarceration. He was on the Advisory Committee for the Oregon Justice Resource Center’s Women’s Justice Project, and is the Communications Coordinator for the Portland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. He attended the Willamette University College of Law, where he worked at the International Human Rights Clinic and the Marion County Public Defenders office. He loves to pet dogs he meets on the street.