Rights and Justice

Rights & Justice works to combat systemic inequality through policies ensuring that everyone can exercise their rights and has an equal opportunity to thrive.

A protester holds up placards during a demonstration, June 2020. (Getty/Maranie R Staab/AFP)

What We're Doing

Closing the racial wealth gap

The racial wealth gap between white households and Black and brown households continues to grow wider. CAP is pursuing targeted policies that are necessary to reverse this deepening divide. A recent issue brief highlights the pandemic’s impact on the Black-white wealth gap.

Creating a pathway to citizenship

CAP is fighting for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, Deferred Enforced Departure (DED)-eligible individuals, and essential workers. Citizenship for undocumented immigrants is a crucial step toward a fair, humane, and workable immigration system.

Reducing overreliance on police

In October 2020, CAP partnered with the Law Enforcement Action Partnership on a report detailing the need to reduce reliance on law enforcement for all calls for service and instead create civilian community responder programs to respond to many categories of calls.

Advancing LGBTQ equality

In January, CAP published a report providing recommendations for how the Biden-Harris administration could advance LGBTQ equality. The report has since informed dozens of actions from the White House, including a day 1 executive order implementing protections for LGBTQ workers.

Recent work


No More Complicity in Gun Violence In the News

No More Complicity in Gun Violence

In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, authors Neera Tanden and Chelsea Parsons urge Republicans in Congress to work with progressives to help end the epidemic of gun violence.

Neera Tanden, Chelsea Parsons

Jeb Bush’s License to Kill Report

Jeb Bush’s License to Kill

Gov. Bush’s leadership in enacting the nation’s first expansive “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law has hurt public safety and placed a disproportionate burden on communities of color—not just in Florida but also nationwide.

Chelsea Parsons

Latinos Voice Continued Concerns About S.B. 1070 Article
Immigration rights protesters gather near the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Phoenix, Arizona, after the Supreme Court decision regarding Arizona's anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070, Monday, June 25, 2012. (AP/Ross D. Franklin)

Latinos Voice Continued Concerns About S.B. 1070

CAP’s Immigration Team examines the latest polls to gauge the depth of antipathy among Latinos for the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the law’s “papers please” provisions.

Angela Maria Kelley, Marshall Fitz, Philip E. Wolgin, 1 More Ann Garcia

Romney’s Latino Problem Report
Martha Espinosa stands outside a Scottsdale, Arizona, resort to protest against Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who was speaking inside, and Arizona's controversial immigration law, S.B. 1070.

Romney’s Latino Problem

Angela Maria Kelley, Marshall Fitz, Philip E. Wolgin, and Ann Garcia explain how Mitt Romney's profound disconnect with Latino voters has generated growing concern within his campaign and across the Republican establishment.

Angela Maria Kelley, Marshall Fitz, Philip E. Wolgin, 1 More Ann Garcia

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