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One Year after Death of Rexdale Henry in Mississippi Detention Center Autopsy Report Still Not Released to Family

Cold Case Justice Initiative Statement on introduction of Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act

Statement on the suspicious death of Rexdale Henry

Cold Case Justice Initiative Statement in Support of Pensacola Murder Victim

Cold Case Justice Initiative statement on Charleston, SC tragedy

Cold Case Justice Initiative: Recent Killings Just Continuation of a Trend

Vernon Dahmer family visit CCJI

Alabama Editorial on Need to Extend Emmett Till Act

AP story on Post Emmett Till Act killings

Cold Cases, Voting Rights & the Murder of Vernon Dahmer: Why We Must Remember; Why We Must Vote; October 2 SUCOL 7:00 pm Room 440 Dineen Hall

NAACP Resolution on Emmett Till Act

DOJ Issues 5th Report on Emmett Till Act

Why We Must Remember September 15, 1963

CCJI Commemoration of 50th Anniversary 4 Little Girls & Birmingham Bombing

At Syracuse University, remembering the civil rights era and the lives lost for freedom

NAACP Adopts CCJI/Ga State Chapter resolution on Emmett Till Act Enforcement: Resolution Adopted at NAACP national convention June 16, 2013

Cold Case Justice Initiative at Syracuse University launches Five Cities Project this summer

CCJI News Conference with Dr. CT Vivian at The King Center, Atlanta

Key Suspect in Morris Murder Dies; FBI/DOJ Investigation “inexcusable Delays”

When Cold Cases Stay Cold

Roman Ducksworth Family Claims Department Of Justice Overlooked Evidence In 1962 Killing

Civil Rights Era Unsolved Murder Victim’s Family to Visit SU College of Law, Monday, Feb. 25th, 6-8 pm

Potential cases identified in 10 states and District of Columbia

The Continuing quest for racial justice and peace

Unbroken thread of racial violence cannot continue

Failure to solve Ku Klux Klan-linked murder prompts anger, 47 years on
The London Guardian (11/30/2011)

1964 slayings convict James Ford Seale dies in prison

Letter from Selma

The 47th Annual Mississippi Civil Rights Martyrs Memorial Service, Conference and Caravan

CCJI Co-Sponsors the Program Celebrating Justice Thurgood Marshall 

Today’s CNY Woman

CBS Evening News (view clip) reported on the work of the SU College of Law Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI). Co-director and College of Law Professor Paula Johnson and Shabnam Karimkhani, second-year law student, are quoted.

Washington Post February 18 2011

Grand Jury Probing Frank Morris Case

Kansas City Star February 18 2011

Breaking News on Jan. 12 Frank Morris Murder Investigation

Concordia Sentinel January 12 2011

NY Times story on Frank Morris Murder

Paper Names Ex-Klansman in Civil Rights Murder

Cold Case Justice Initiative

An interdisciplinary project that engages Syracuse University College of Law faculty and students, the Cold Case Justice Initiative seeks justice for racially motivated murders during the Civil Rights era on behalf of the victims, their families, local communities, and society at large. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Concordia Sentinel, Ferriday, LA

Reauthorize Emmett Till Act

Emmett Till Legacy Foundation's support for Till Act 2Passage of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016 is an essential component of the Nation’s responsibility to bring justice in cases of unsolved and ongoing racial violence and racially-motived killings. The Act authorizes and enables the Department of Justice DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to take required and decisive measures to investigate and resolve cases as fully and fairly as possible.

Clearinghouse on Emmett Till Act Reauthorization efforts

The Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI) at Syracuse University's College of Law examined the current state of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act during a panel at the National Press Club on Dec. 9, 2014. The Act expires in 2017. Given the recent killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and resulting fallout this was a particularly timely and compelling lineup.

News Coverage

CCJI Panel 

Access print and television coverage of CCJI-related events, legal actions, victims' stories and more here.

CCJI Directors

Through a College of Law initiative, professors Paula Johnson and Janis McDonald and their students are investigating unsolved murders from the civil rights era. 

Paula Johnson Paula C. Johnson 

Paula Johnson is a professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law.  She was the Sparks Chair at the University of Alabama School of Law in 2008, and served as the Haywood Burns Chair in Civil Rights at CUNY Law School. Read more

Janice McDonald Janis L. McDonald

Janis McDonald is a Professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law. Before joining the SU law faculty, Professor McDonald was a member of the law firm of Hirschkop & Grad in Alexandria VA where she litigated cases in the federal and local courts. Read more