The Mississippi Project has operated continuously at the Law School since 1994. It was founded by CUNY Law students who traveled to Mississippi to help investigate the suspicious jailhouse hanging death of Andre Jones. Jones was one of about fifty men -- nearly half of whom were African American -- who had died in Mississippi jails under similar circumstances since 1987. Students who participated that first year also looked into allegations of the outright denial of voting rights to African American residents in Mississippi that had reportedly continued into the early 1990s. CUNY Law students continue this tradition today by traveling to Mississippi and Louisiana each year in 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. 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 alongside seasoned lawyers and support staff at partner host organizations.