Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.lambdalegal.org

Mission Statement

Lambda Legal is a national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people (LGBT) and all people living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

Main Programs

  1. Marriage Project
  2. Proyecto Igualdad
  3. Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project
  4. HIV Project
  5. Health Care Fairness
  6. Workplace Fairness
  7. Transgender Rights
  8. Government Misconduct
  9. Fair Courts
  10. Seniors

service areas

National

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ruling year

1974

chief executive

Kevin Cathcart

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co-chief executive

Frances Goldstein

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Keywords

LGBT, GLBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQQ, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, HIV, AIDS, civil rights, social justice, discrimination, employment law, family law, judicial independence, constitutional law, immigration law, marriage rights, marriage equality, marital status discrimination, domestic partner benefits, relationship recognition, reproductive rights, youth, foster care, child welfare, privacy rights, judicial independence, child custody, HIV prevention, HIV discrimination, health care fairness, life planning, impact litigation, public education, advocacy

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EIN

23-7395681

Also Known As

Lambda Legal

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Public Interest Law/Litigation (I83)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Impact statement

At Lambda Legal, we imagine a different world — a world of full equality for LGBT people and people living with HIV — and we work to create that world every day. We pursue impact litigation, education and advocacy to make the case for equality in courtrooms across the country and in the court of public opinion.

 

Our legal and educational work touches nearly every aspect of our lives. We win legal victories for clients who seek equality on the job, protection for their parenting or relationship rights, equal access to health care or protection against discrimination because of HIV status, sexual orientation or gender identity. We also represent clients in cases involving immigration, military service, the rights of students in school and the rights of LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care.

 

Lambda Legal's work ultimately benefits all people, for it helps to fashion a society that is truly diverse and tolerant. Our mission to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and HIV status in this country has become an intrinsic part of the struggle for equal rights.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Marriage Project

Lambda Legal's Marriage Project is committed to securing public respect for solemnized same-sex unions, to win civil marriage equality for same-sex couples in targeted states, and to protect all same-sex couples when marriage equality is not an option.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Budget

$8,431,888.00

Population Served

Gays/Lesbians

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 2

Proyecto Igualdad

Proyecto Igualdad extends Lambda Legal's resources and information to Spanish speakers and seeks to engage the many Latino/Hispanic communities. We provide bilingual educational materials, host community events and trainings and offer bilingual legal assistance through our Help Desks around the country.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Budget

$8,431,888.00

Population Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Hispanics

Gays/Lesbians

Program 3

Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people are in America's child welfare and juvenile justice systems in disproportionate numbers. According to the Lambda Legal report Youth in the Margins, one of every 10 to 20 adolescents in out-of-home care is lesbian or gay, and the National Network of Runaway and Youth Services estimates that 20 to 40 percent of young people who become homeless each year are lesbian, gay or bisexual. And yet, very few state foster care agencies maintain policies prohibiting discrimination against foster care youth on the basis of sexual orientation or require training for foster parents or foster care staff on sensitivity to LGBTQ youth. As a result, LGBT youth in care services often face neglect, discrimination and abuse at the hands of the child welfare systems charged to protect them.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Budget

$8,431,888.00

Population Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Homeless

Gays/Lesbians

Program 4

HIV Project

Lambda Legal’s HIV Project has helped maintain or expand protections across the country for people living with HIV by pursuing impact litigation, education and advocacy to combat bias and stereotypes and to ensure that people are treated fairly by employers, health care providers and others. We also apply our legal expertise to policy issues affecting people living with HIV — including HIV testing, collection of private information about behaviors and sexual partners, access to medical care and treatment and HIV prevention.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Budget

$8,431,888.00

Population Served

People With Aids (pwas)

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Gays/Lesbians

Program 5

Health Care Fairness

LGBT people and people living with HIV face particular heath challenges and difficulties obtaining appropriate health care due to hostility and discrimination. Difficulties in obtaining health care and health insurance can be especially devastating for those already most vulnerable, including those with limited income, newer immigrants, those who speak limited English, those with less education, many people of color, and many seniors.   Lambda Legal helps LGBT people and people with HIV fight back when they are in lawfully denied coverage or care or when their relationships or health care choices are not given the respect they’re entitled to under the law.

Category

Health Care

Budget

$8,431,888.00

Population Served

Gays/Lesbians

People With Aids (pwas)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program 6

Workplace Fairness

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Program 7

Transgender Rights

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Program 8

Government Misconduct

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Program 9

Fair Courts

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Program 10

Seniors

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service areas

National

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LAMBDA LEGAL DEFENSE & EDUCATION FUND INC
Fiscal year: Nov 01-Oct 31
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Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Kevin Cathcart

co-chief executive

Frances Goldstein

BIO

Kevin M. Cathcart, J.D. has served as Lambda Legal's Executive Director since 1992. Mr. Cathcart is considered a leading strategist and spokesperson for lesbian and gay civil rights movement. Since taking the helm in 1992, Mr. Cathcart has overseen the opening of Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Office in Chicago in 1993, a Southern Regional Office in Atlanta in 1997, and a South Central Regional Office in Dallas in 2003. Under Mr. Cathcart's stable leadership, Lambda Legal's staff has more than tripled, and the organization's budget has grown to over $10 million. A longtime leader in the lesbian and gay community, Mr. Cathcart served from 1984 to 1992 as the Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) in Boston--New England's lesbian, gay and HIV legal organization. Prior to GLAD, Mr. Cathcart was a staff attorney at the North Shore Children's Law Project. He has served on the boards of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, Community Works (the nation's fourth-largest social action fund), and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Kevin Cathcart graduated from Richard Stockton State College (New Jersey) in 1976 and the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1978. He received his J.D. from Northeastern School of Law in 1982.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"- At Lambda Legal, we never lose our focus on equality. Our legal and educational work continues to make a difference and to make history, year after year. Our experienced attorneys choose cases strategically and build our legal arguments carefully over time. The landmark victory in Lawrence v. Texas in 2003 reversed a devastating antigay Supreme Court decision from 17 years earlier. Lambda Legal’s victory had an impact on the personal lives of millions of gay men and lesbians who no longer had to fear that their sexual activity was considered criminal conduct. And the decision had an enormous impact on the law, upholding the fundamental liberty for consenting adults to choose who to love and with whom to share sexual intimacy.

 

The stories we continue to hear and the courageous people we represent, 35 years and running, remind us that, in spite of our progress, discrimination against LGBT people and people with HIV continues to be devastating to individuals, families and communities. Our vision about how to make the case for equality is broad, but it is always focused on making the greatest possible impact. We have a talented, dedicated staff and board of directors, and tens of thousands of supporters and friends across the country. That’s how we keep moving forward, focused on winning as we make the case for equality."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Karen K Dixon

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?