About the Shriver Center

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in efforts to increase justice and opportunity for low-income people and to ensure that their voices are heard in the making of public decisions that affect them. Working for low-income people, we advocate for positive policy and systems changes in a range of issues, including healthcare, housing, economic opportunity and justice, and domestic and sexual violence.  We specialize in practical solutions. Through policy development, advocacy, litigation, consulting, training and communications, we are building the nationwide capacity of low income communities by representing them directly and by supporting and enhancing the capacity of other public interest lawyers who serve them.

Our lawyer-advocates use their expertise in court rooms, legislatures and a range of forums to change policy for the better. Our advocacy agenda currently includes these issue areas:

Learn more about our history.