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About Us

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Our Mission

We build capacity, partnerships, and provide affordable legal services to individuals, nonprofit organizations and grassroots movements to advance human rights.  Our approach is movement-based and community-centered.

Our Vision

Our vision: that our efforts and collaborations transform our communities to make them more equitable and empower all people to exercise their human and civil rights to migrate, access education and to flourish.

Our Founder

Kathy Purnell, J.D., Ph.D., has over two decades of experience working in the nonprofit sector in the fields of civil and human rights, immigration and education.  She has been a licensed attorney since 2008.

Our Services

Legal Representation

Witness In Courtroom

Capacity Building

Are you a nonprofit service provider who is interested in collaboration to promote access to civil justice and expand awareness of human rights? Consider partnering with us to expand access to justice through an onsite legal clinic or presentation! 

Group Hug

We provide direct legal representation and advice clinics for individuals who need affordable services but do not qualify for legal aid.  We are passionate and diligent advocates for our clients. Our practice areas are immigration, educational advocacy and the expungement of criminal records.

Lecture Hall Tutor

Education and Training

The Human Civil Rights Law Center provides "deep dives,"  learning communities and retreats in the areas of immigration, elections and democracy, administrative law, building inclusive communities, among other topics. 

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