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The Shriver Center provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. The Shriver Center works to achieve this mission through three interrelated program areas: Advocacy, Communications and Training.
Propelled by the vision and spirit of Sargent Shriver, the Shriver Center’s mission is to provide national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. Sarge envisioned a society in which lawyers help low-income communities have a strong voice in the public policy decisions that affect them. Though this year’s 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty winds to a close, Sarge’s vision is very much alive at the Shriver Center--and at work through the thousands of attorneys around the country that the Shriver Center trains and supports.
We have won key legislative victories in 2014, including expanding Medicare eligibility for low income Illinois residents, helping thousands of previously uninsured people enroll in the Affordable Care Act, launching a Racial Justice Training Institute, and continuing to build and lead a state-based law and policy national network for justice, now beginning to coordinate organized statewide advocacy projects--the first of their kind.
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