We bring targeted and systemic civil rights litigation to achieve widespread and lasting change for Florida’s poor and disenfranchised residents. We investigate through partnerships with advocacy groups and directly impacted people, and use strategic, creative, and client-centered litigation to end systems of oppression and improve living conditions across the state of Florida. Through a combination of class action and individual cases, we aim to leverage our resources so that change continues beyond our lawsuits.
Our current areas of focus include:
Criminal Justice Reform
We bring cases that encourage reform of Florida’s inequitable criminal justice policies. This includes cases seeking to improve prison conditions in areas such as medical and mental health care, abuse, violence, disability accommodations, free speech, dangerous understaffing, overcrowding, and solitary confinement. It also includes cases seeking to end the criminalization of poverty, such as challenging laws that target homeless people, and laws requiring cash bail.
Housing & Poverty
We bring cases challenging laws that criminalize poverty and target homeless people, seeking to encourage the funding of affordable housing and appropriate treatment. We also bring cases for victims of housing discrimination.
We bring cases seeking to require governments and business to maintain accessible facilities, to ensure people with disabilities get the accommodations they need to live with dignity and respect.
For more information on FJI’s history and to learn about some of our major accomplishments, please see our History page. For more information about more recent accomplishments, please see the Our Work page.