Government corruption hurts people: programs that improve public health are undermined to serve ideological agendas. Rules that protect people from harm are weakened or rolled back at the behest of industry lobbyists. And critical decisions affecting the lives of the American people are made outside of public view, violating rules designed to ensure transparency and public accountability.

In 2017, we founded Democracy Forward to help expose the rampant corruption in the Executive Branch and fight it in court on behalf of the people it hurts. Combining smart legal strategies with a commitment to educating the public, we bring together a team of experienced litigators, analysts, and communicators to ensure that when the government acts unlawfully, the public knows about it. And people who are hurt are empowered to fight back.

What we're doing
  • Immigration

Baltimore v. Trump

Defending immigrants and their families against the State Department's anti-immigrant public charge changes, in partnership with the City of Baltimore.

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  • Health Care

Columbus et al. v. Trump

Fighting Trump’s attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act—and thereby make health insurance more inaccessible and expensive—on behalf of five cities.

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  • Education

Passut & Kaiser v. DeVos

Class action challenging Secretary DeVos’s unlawful decision to protect ACICS, a troubled accreditor of predatory for-profit colleges.

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