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Cold Case Justice Initiative launches summer research program

Cold Case Justice InitiativeOn May 30, the Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI) at Syracuse University’s College of Law kicked off its summer-long research program in which law students investigate unsolved racial killings from the civil rights era. Their purpose is to examine buried information that might help persuade the FBI, the U.S. Department of Justice, or local law enforcement officials to prosecute these long neglected murders.

The program launch included a day-long orientation at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, at which students heard from family members of victims, public officials, and community activists all working to obtain justice for racially motivated violence. Eleven students are participating in the research initiative, representing Syracuse and several other law schools around the country. Follow the program’s progress this summer with our student blog.

Read more about CCJI and its summer research program in this Atlanta Journal-Constitution story.