Guidestar Experts Choose LAC as Leading Criminal Justice Advocate

Contact: Nicole Collins Bronzan
Director of Communications
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NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2011 -- The Legal Action Center is proud to announce that Philanthropedia at GuideStar, the leading guide for donors to identify worthy charities, has named us one of the leading criminal justice advocates in the nation.

Decided by a panel of 127 experts working in criminal justice across the country -- with an average of 16 years of experience in the field -- this honor recognizes LAC as one of the top 5 nonprofits making an impact at the local level, out of the 144 reviewed.

Praise from the expert panel reflected the breadth of LAC's advocacy.

"They do excellent policy development and lobbying for issues about reentry, rights of the formally incarcerated, and the rights of individuals with substance abuse problems or HIV that are incarcerated," Philanthropedia's report quoted one expert as saying.

LAC Director and President Paul N. Samuels said he was delighted by the news.

"On behalf of all the staff who do this critical work, LAC sincerely thanks Philanthropedia for recognition from a group of such distinguished experts," he said. "We look forward to making an even bigger positive impact in the years to come, as we continue our advocacy to advance the legal and privacy rights of people with criminal histories, addiction histories and HIV who are striving to rebuild their lives."

Follow this link to see LAC's highlighted profile on the Philanthropedia website.

The Legal Action Center is the only public interest law and policy organization in the United States whose sole
mission is to fight discrimination against and protect the privacy of people in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction,
individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and people with criminal records.

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