About Us

Founded in 1999, the National Police Accountability Project (NPAP) is a nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to protecting the human and civil rights of individuals in their encounters with law enforcement and detention facility personnel. The central mission of NPAP is to promote the accountability of law enforcement officers and their employers for violations of the Constitution and the laws of the United States.

NPAP's over 600 members are plaintiffs’ attorneys, legal workers, and law students who work on law enforcement misconduct cases, including civil actions against prison and jail personnel. The Project uses a variety of means to communicate with its members. We maintain an online discussion listserv where members share legal analysis, litigation strategies, information regarding expert witnesses, and discuss other issues concerning police reform. Throughout the year we offer a number of continuing legal education seminars across the country, taught by the most knowledgeable and dynamic experts engaged in law enforcement misconduct litigation.

NPAP does not provide legal representation to victims of law enforcement misconduct. If you are looking for an attorney, please visit our Attorney Referral Listing and feel free to contact us if you require additional referrals. If you are interested in learning more about ways to hold law enforcement accountable, please review the NPAP Manual.

NPAP is a project of the National Lawyers Guild, which was founded in 1937 as the first racially integrated national bar association. For decades, Guild members have been at the forefront of the fight against law enforcement misconduct through litigation and community organizing. The National Police Accountability Project is a natural outgrowth of these efforts.

The project provides:

  • training and support for attorneys, legal workers and law students
  • public education and information around issues relating to police misconduct
  • information and resources for non-profit and community groups who work with victims of law enforcement abuse
  • support for legislative reform efforts aimed at raising the level of police accountability
  • a forum for legal professionals and community organizations to come together and creatively work to end law enforcement and detention officer misconduct

These services are sustained by a national network of member attorneys, law enforcement accountability advocate and experts, and NPAP staff.

NPAP was previously headquartered in Boston and New York; as of 2018, the NPAP office is located in New Orleans.