The Mississippi Project seeks to promote justice for all communities, and to provide CUNY Law students an opportunity to learn innovative legal strategies by working with seasoned lawyers and support staff at partner organizations. The Project was founded in 1994 by CUNY Law students who traveled to Mississippi to help investigate the suspicious jailhouse hanging of Andre Jones — one of about 50 men, nearly half African American, who had died in Mississippi jails under similar circumstances since 1987. Students in 1994 also looked into allegations of denied voting rights to African American residents that had continued into the 1990s. CUNY Law students continue this tradition by traveling to Mississippi and Louisiana each January to work with community and public interest legal organizations such as the Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights, the ACLU of Mississippi, and the Innocence Project of New Orleans.