Who They Are
So, what is the Public Rights Project?
Public Rights Project (PRP) was created to empower state, local, and tribal governments to fight for civil rights, economic prosperity, and environmental justice. Jill Habig saw the gap between the laws on the books and what was happening in vulnerable communities and decided to do something about it. She started a fellowship for young lawyers, ready to fight for community rights.
PRP’s growing an army of legal talent, building the next generation of public leaders and expanding government’s ability to take action. They’re tackling the biggest threats to health, wealth, and safety, and making real change for communities in need.
How they’re changing the world
PRP has worked with over 100 state, local and tribal governments and community partners from across the country. Tackling such issues as gig economy, workers’ rights, and racial injustice, PRP continues to create a national network of public servants equipped to use their power to reimagine justice and help create a more equitable and effective government.
The fight for rights
PRP’s legal advocacy work extends their efforts to create a functioning democracy and equitable society. They’re making moves in state and federal courts, filing amicus briefs and putting pressure on the government to do right by marginalized communities. For example, they just won a big case against Handy, holding them accountable for misclassifying workers and securing some serious COVID hazard pay for essential workers — to the tune of $14 million.
Why/How We Helped
Incite was all-in on PRP from the jump. We hooked Jill up with some serious funding to get the ball rolling and had Swati help out as an OG board member. We were also lowkey boosting PRP behind the scenes, making sure other partners and funders were clued in on all the good work they were doing. Thanks to Incite’s support, PRP was able to drop their first programs, scale up their Fellowships, and do major work in the fight for civil rights. No big deal.