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New Justice Fellowships: Applications Sought

Thursday, August 11, 2005

  • Organization: Open Society Institute
In 2006, OSI's U.S. Justice Fund will support individuals through two programs: the Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowships and the Soros Justice Media Fellowships. Similar in many respects to the previous initiative, the newly launched program will fund outstanding lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, activist academics, journalists and filmmakers to implement innovative projects that address one or more of the U.S. Justice Fund's criminal justice priorities.Projects should seek to accomplish one or more of the following:

· advance death penalty reform and abolition efforts;
· improve public defense services;
· combat racial profiling;
· promote leadership in progressive justice reform efforts among people who are or have been imprisoned;
· encourage systemic reforms that create incentives for community based solutions over parole and probation revocation;
· challenge unreasonable civil and legal barriers to the reintegration of people returning from prison;
· redirect criminal justice monies to strengthen community resources and responsibility for public safety and justice;
· advance sentencing reform efforts;
· curtail prison expansion;
· empower communities most affected by mass incarceration to develop and advocate for alternative policies that address underlying social, racial and economic inequality.

Projects may also emphasize the intersection of the above priorities with the particular needs of: communities of color; immigrants; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities; and women and children.

The Advocacy Fellowships have two distinct tracks. Track I supports new and emerging advocates with two to five years of advocacy experience. Track II supports seasoned leaders with a minimum of ten years experience in their fields and five years of advocacy experience. Both tracks are 18 months in duration and may be implemented in conjunction with large or small not-for-profit organizations The Media Fellowships support mid-career and veteran print journalists, filmmakers, and individuals with unique voices proposing writing projects and are 12 months in duration.

Guidelines and application information are now available on our website at: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/justice/focus_areas/justice_fellows/

The Fellowship deadline is Friday, October 14, 2005at 5PM

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