, a web project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, offers five criteria by which community justice organisations can be included on its US Map of Social Justice Groups:
1. The group promotes respect, acceptance, understanding and equality in the community, encouraging inclusion across the lines of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, class or disability.

2. The group strives for alliances across public and private sectors, maximizing available resources within a community and minimising potential duplication of efforts.

3. The group clearly provides ways for constituents to contact it for services and/or volunteer opportunities.

4. The group encourages collective activism, supporting partnership work and interaction among the diverse people in the community.

5. The group freely shares information about the impact that its programming has on the community

Community justice groups shape policies and patterns of behavior to protect and enhance the worth of each person and their sense of belonging. A variety of social justice groups pursue different missions, with different philosophies but within a common ooperational core which consists of: