Our Issues

The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.  Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the Center works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

We monitor hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States and expose their activities to the public, the media and law enforcement.

We’re working to ensure that vulnerable children in the Deep South have equal opportunities to reach their full potential.

We’re working to ensure that people living in poverty in the Deep South, especially minority communities, are not punished or exploited because of their economic status.

We’re working to reform juvenile and criminal justice systems so they operate fairly and equitably; to ensure the dignity and humanity of those interacting with these systems; and to reduce the prison population.