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Social Justice Resources

Resources related to Human trafficking, Incarceration, Poverty, and Racism

Guide Description

Poverty does not discriminate across age, gender, race, or geography. How to resolve poverty and its resulting effects is a question studied by politicians, sociologists, philanthropists, and others since the beginning of time.


Try these search terms

Poverty                   War on Poverty

Working Poor          Poverty and Policy

Primary Poverty      Secondary Poverty

Absolute Poverty    Relative Poverty

Browse the shelves under these call letters

HC – Economic history and conditions

HM – Sociology

HN – Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform,

HV – Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology.




U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) Program

This program “produces single-year estimates of income and poverty for all U.S. states and counties as well as estimates of school-age children in poverty for all 13,000+ school districts.”


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)

In order to advise the Secretary of HHS, ASPE “conducts research and evaluation studies, develops policy analyses, and estimates the cost and benefits of policy alternatives under consideration by the Department or Congress,” not just of poverty and homelessness, but also of other social issues.


U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

This independent statistical agency collects, analyzes, and disseminates “essential economic information to support public and private decision making.” Some of many topics covered include wages by area and occupation, and earnings by industry.



Brookings Institution

Brookings Institution, a public policy organization, conducts “in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.”


Center for Poverty Research at University of California, Davis

This center facilitates non-partisan academic research on poverty in the United States, disseminates the research, and trains poverty scholars. Its research agenda includes four areas of focus: “labor markets and poverty, children and intergenerational transmission of poverty, the non-traditional safety net, and immigration.”


The Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development at Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University

The Center works with academic, government and community partners on a range of issues to “inform public policy and planning through data and analysis in order to address urban poverty, its causes, and its impact on communities and their residents.”


National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)

A division of Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, NCCP is a nonpartisan, public interest research organization that uses its findings to “improve the lives and futures of low-income children and their families.”


National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH)

This national network operates programs centered around “public education, policy advocacy, and grassroots organizing, and are focused on the issues of housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil rights.”


Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity

Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity, a non-partisan initiative, works to find solutions to Americans confronting economic hardship, by bringing together “diverse perspectives from the political, policy, advocacy and foundation communities.”



Funded in part by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, StatsAmerica is a service of the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.


Urban Institute

Urban Institute is a research organization that addresses a number of social justice issues, including poverty, as well as crime and justice, immigrants and immigration, and more.

Media Matters for America

Media Matters for America "progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media."