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DIGNITY AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL

Tennessee Justice Center believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are intrinsically valuable and necessary to manifest our mission of justice for all. We recognize that racism is foundational to the social and economic disparities that plague our nation. We work to achieve opportunity, security and dignity for all Tennesseans. We are committed to expanding and continuing our advocacy, education, and litigation work as a means towards greater equity.

2.5B

DOLLARS IN HEALTHCARE BENEFITS

300M

DOLLARS SECURED IN FOOD AID

95K

CHILDREN RECEIVING MEDICAID SERVICES

45K

CHILDREN AND PREGNANT MOTHERS NOW COVERED

15K

OLDER TENNESSEANS NOW RECEIVING

CARE AT HOME

WHAT WE BELIEVE 

Every life is equally sacred, and our laws and public policies must reflect this truth. Poverty is the product of public policies that deny to some the equal opportunities America promises to all. When public policies create and perpetuate poverty by withholding essential healthcare, nutrition, and a chance at financial security, they blight lives and harm communities. Through skilled advocacy with partners who reflect the diversity of our state, we can reform those policies, improve lives, and make our beloved state a more just and inclusive home for all Tennesseans.

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Tennessee Justice Center is to use the law to advance economic, racial, and social justice by relentlessly working for and with Tennesseans seeking better lives for themselves and their neighbors.

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"IT WAS A MIRACLE.

Without TJC I don't know what could've happened. It makes a big different when you get help like that. I'm grateful and I'm very happy. It's a second chance." 

- Mr. Eduardo Sanchez-Garcia

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WHAT WE DO

We help Tennesseans one-by-one and then take what we learn from their stories to advocate for large-scale changes that help others in the same boat. In addition to helping individuals, we use the law and advocacy to ensure that Tennesseans can meet their most basic needs and have a pathway to opportunity. If you need representation or help with TennCare and other health and nutrition safety net programs, we can help. Click here.

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ENSURING ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE

TJC works to ensure that affordable health coverage is accessible to all Tennesseans by promoting policy solutions that would eliminate the barriers that prevent people from getting care. We also advocate against policies that would hurt Tennesseans’ health coverage or diminish their care. TJC has played an instrumental role in protecting the Affordable Care Act over the years, and our staff continues to work daily to convince state lawmakers to expand Medicaid in TN.

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EXPANDING FOOD SECURITY

All Tennesseans should have access to nutritious food. Every Tennessean should have the food they need to lead a healthy, productive life. We work to keep nutrition programs, like SNAP and school meals, strong.

HELPING KIDS GROW UP HEALTHY

Healthcare is crucial to give children a healthy start in life and a chance to reach their full potential. We work to protect and promote programs that are vital to children’s health by educating the community and mobilizing support for policies and practices that ensure that all of Tennessee’s children can thrive.

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INCREASING INDEPENDENCE

With the right supports, seniors and people with disabilities can live life on their own terms. That’s why we have worked for 27 years to make the possibility of independence real.

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HOW WE DO IT

We focus relentlessly on protecting and improving the laws, policies, and programs which provide dignity and opportunity, including access to health care and food. We help individuals struggling to access these services, and we train health care providers, social service providers, and community leaders to ensure that those in their communities can get what they need.

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TJC'S IMPACT

OUR PARTNERS

Our clients, their families, health care professionals, educators, and caregivers are some of our most committed partners in working for justice. Their stories of difficulty accessing health care and nutrition for themselves or their loved ones show the need for change and help policymakers and the general public understand the impact of inadequate health care and nutrition policy on real people, including our loved ones, friends, and neighbors.  

Our work is supported by and made better by the work of many other individuals and groups throughout the state and the country.  Partners include

  • Heath care providers, social service agencies, and other nonprofits who work hard every day to serve Tennesseans

  • Individuals who share their time, expertise, and financial support

  • Law firms and members of the private bar who provide pro-bono assistance and financial support

  • State and national policy groups on whom we rely for research and policy analysis

  • State-based and national foundations who support our work.  Major funders and partners include:

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