Cy Pres Awards

Securing Justice for All

Since 1961, the Vera Institute of Justice has been on the front lines of building and improving justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities.

Vera is well equipped to make effective, responsible use of cy pres awards. Our work benefits many different kinds of class parties due to the scope of our justice work, populations served, and geographical reach.

Relevant Areas of Class Action Litigation

Vera is an appropriate recipient for cy pres awards in many areas of class action litigation, including the following:

  • Employment, Education, and Housing: To prepare people for success in their communities and families, Vera works to provide meaningful employment, education, and housing opportunities for people in the criminal justice system or reentering society.
  • Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals: Vera works to improve health, mental health, and substance use treatment for people in and out of the criminal justice system.
  • Access to Justice: Vera works to expand access to counsel for low income people in both civil and criminal contexts, including, for example, in bail hearings and immigration court proceedings.
  • Digital Privacy and Data: Vera works to educate the public, media, and decision-makers about the pros and cons of different technologies and uses of big data that intersect with the criminal justice system.
  • Other Areas: If the industry involved or the purpose of a class action intersects with vulnerable individuals or communities, then there is a good chance Vera is doing work that benefits them in a related way. We are also happy to recommend recipients in other areas of class action litigation.
Meeting Your Class Needs

Vera is an appropriate candidate for many cy pres awards due to the following:

  • Geographic Reach: Vera has projects in nearly every state and district in the United States, and engages in work at the local, state, and federal level. This breadth allows Vera to apply cy pres funds to work that closely aligns to an affected class.
  • Appeal to Both Sides: We have a long track record of partnering with community, business, and government. We drive meaningful change while maintaining trust and respect among these diverse partners, making a cy pres designation attractive to both plaintiffs and defendants.
  • Financial Capacity: Vera has a strong reputation for responsible financial management, including transparency, clean independent audits, and a professional staff that is able to administer large, complicated grants.

If you are interested in working with Vera on a cy pres settlement, please contact Kevin Keenan, Executive Vice President and Special Counsel, or Whitney Dukes, Special Assistant.