• 27th February 2015


    Georgia’s Public Defender system is in jeopardy. We are writing today to implore you to take action immediately to help save public defense in Georgia.  Here’s a little background:

  • 23rd February 2015

    Poor adults and children facing prosecution in the superior and juvenile courts of the Cordele Judicial Circuit filed a civil rights lawsuit, N.P. v. Georgia in Fulton County Superior Court. N.P. seeks remedies for the frequent absence of public defenders in juvenile court, the assembly-line processing of adults in the superior courts, and the persistent refusal of the counties and the State to provide the funding necessary to bring constitutional legal representation to Cordele’s poor. This suit is the second in the last decade challenging the inadequate representation provided to poor people accused of crime in this south Georgia Circuit.

  • 17th February 2015

    ATLANTA- Today, the Southern Center for Human Rights, along with Atlanta based attorneys Daniel J. Grossman and Albert Wan filed a motion for civil contempt against the City of Atlanta in Anderson v. City of Atlanta, et al., for failure to comply with a prior Settlement and Consent Order on behalf of a woman whose constitutional rights were violated when she was arrested as she peaceably photographed police activity in 2009. The City and APD have failed to comply with obligations set forward by the Court.

  • 9th February 2015

    February 9, 2015 -- The Gate City Bar Association has selected the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) as the 2015 recipient of the R.E. Thomas Civil Rights Award.

  • 12th January 2015

    While we are all in the mindset of giving this season, the State Bar of Georgia asks that all Georgia lawyers take a minute and think about how you can incorporate pro bono into your everyday practice.

  • 5th January 2015

    The Southern Center for Human Rights is proud to announce that our Executive Director, Sara Totonchi has been recognized by Georgia Trend, The Magazine of Georgia Business, Politics and Economic Development, in its annual issue featuring Georgia’s Influential and Notable Persons. The selections honor Georgians from around the state who are making their marks on their professions, their communities and their state.

  • 19th December 2014

    SCHR is pleased to announce that Stephen B.

  • 2nd December 2014

    ATLANTA, GA – The Southern Center for Human Rights’ sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest inde

  • 25th November 2014

    SCHR envisions a criminal justice system that is used not as a tool to concentrate control, but instead as an instrument of justice by which individuals and communities remain accountable to each other.

  • 24th November 2014

    Vera Cheeks, of Bainbridge, received a $135 for rolling through a stop sign. Going on probation gave her time to pay, but money was so tight that she was unable to make an immediate payment of $50.