What We Do
JULIAN is the first and only organization of its kind that investigates, litigates, mounts civil rights campaigns, and uses technology, design thinking, and foresight in concert to end lynchings, unjustified police killings, and all other hate crimes and rights violations.
Through innovative, intimate methods and cutting-edge technology, JULIAN challenges the impossible.
In short, we foster freedom—freedom of heart, freedom of mind, freedom of rights—civil and human.
Founded in 2020 by attorney Jill Collen Jefferson a few weeks before George Floyd’s murder, JULIAN is a cutting-edge civil rights and international human rights non-profit organization.
Named after Julian Bond, JULIAN is a mix of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund when it was led by Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley combined with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and a Silicon Valley tech firm. We are a national organization, but our mission is rooted in Mississippi soul.
What Makes JULIAN Unique
Whereas other organizations focus solely on civil rights law or human rights law, JULIAN integrates the two legal doctrines, fostering more pathways to justice.
Our staff and volunteers live in the communities we serve, which gives us unique access to our legal cases.
JULIAN is the only organization in the nation with a focus on the existence of modern-day lynchings by investigating and litigating these cases.
JULIAN is developing cutting-edge technology that will transform the way litigation proceeds, how crimes are tracked, and how individuals protest and engage on a mass scale.
JULIAN creates new legal theories and methods for getting justice in and outside the courtroom, innovating civil rights law, policy, and strategy.
JULIAN’s approach joins the lessons of the civil rights movement with the most innovative methodologies in the world, building the future of civil and human rights.