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Motion For Justice

A resource hub that equips prosecutors—the legal system’s powerful gatekeepers and decision makers—to reduce racism-fueled harm to Black and brown communities.

Brand Strategy, Visual Identity, Campaign Website
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The challenge

In recent years, criminal justice reform has gained much-needed, long-overdue attention, as decades of work by activists and organizers have entered mainstream consciousness. But often, the focus has been on public defenders, leaving prosecutorial power unexamined and unchecked.

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A strategic focus

Vera Institute of Justice and the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College have teamed up to highlight the importance of changing the hearts and minds—and most importantly, the actions—of prosecutors. With a laser focus on a specific subset of the legal process, Motion For Justice speaks directly to over 2,300 prosecutors offices nationwide.

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Inspiration meets information

Motion For Justice strikes a balance between approachable and serious, careful to respect the gravity of the issues at hand while creating a space that encourages genuine engagement. In crafting the name Motion For Justice, we played on the term for filing a motion, “A written or oral application made to a court or judge to obtain a ruling or order directing that some act be done in favor of the applicant.” Leveraging the technical noun to do double duty as a verb emphasizes the future-focused momentum of MFJ. And the left-justified double rules that run across the site echo the aesthetic of legal briefs.

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Long-form content for long-term change

Eschewing surface-level activism, the Motion For Justice website is filled with in-depth resources (yes, there are footnotes!) to effect real, informed change. We created an engrossing yet navigable user flow to guide visitors: a clean, bold home page that unfurls to reveal detailed information across histories, values, action steps, and strategies.

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A picture’s worth a thousand words

In addition to the core audience of prosecutors, Motion For Justice also serves impacted communities—as a reference point, documenting the history of oppression through targeted prosecution, and as a resource for organizers ready to take action. Rounding out the written resources are an abundance of powerful photographs and video interviews, lending a sense of humanity and immediacy to the brand.

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Project Credits

Client
  • Vera Institute of Justice
Year of Completion
  • 2020
Focus
  • Initiatives
Services
  • Brand Strategy
  • Visual Identity
  • Campaign Website
Project Team
Collaborators
  • L.D. Libra
  • BerlinRosen
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