Human Rights Social Justice Fund

Our Mission

The fund will finance a portion of the legal fees for People of Color who experience blatant acts of physical and/or emotional abuse, hatred and injustice in the city of Pittsburgh, PA.

Our Goals

1. To help recipients offset a portion of the costs associated with legal fees. 

2. To highlight injustices that happen to People of Color in an effort to initiate positive change. 

3. To reduce the mental and emotional burdens associated with paying for adequate legal representation.

Who We Are

Julius Boatwright is the Founder & CEO of Steel Smiling and Executive Director with the Will Allen Foundation. He serves as a Board and Development Committee Member with the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. Julius also volunteers for Pitt's Young Alumni Advisory Team. 

He's a Licensed Master Social Worker who's certified in Mental Health First Aid through the National Council for Behavioral Health. Julius also completed a Trauma-Informed Community Practice Workshop with Duquesne University through their Department of Psychology and Rita McGinley Psychology Clinic. 

He's received the following acknowledgements:

▪2018: NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania Dick Jevon Advocacy Award [Nominee]; NAACP Young Person of the Year [Pittsburgh Chapter]; Get Involved!, Inc. Dr. Tom Baker Community Leader Award; Allegheny County Council Proclamation; Pittsburgh City Council Proclamation and the Thomas Merton Center New Person of the Year [Nominee].

▪2017: Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP 40 Under 40; BMe Community Genius; Pitt School of Social Work Distinguished Alumni Rising Star for Direct Practice; The Incline Community Leader and Activist; PEAL Center of Pittsburgh Emerging Grassroots Leader; and Allegheny County Council Proclamation.  

▪2016: Pittsburgh Public Schools We Promise Champion; Coro Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Individual Leader [Nominee]

His team's service efforts have been featured in or on the following media platforms: Pittsburgh Magazine, The Huffington Post, CBS Pittsburgh, KDKA Newsradio 1020, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,, The Lynne Hayes-Freeland Show, TEDxPittsburgh, NEXTpittsburgh, PCTV, Pittsburgh's CW, Philanthropy, LLC, and the 24 Hour Hustle Show. 

Julius obtained his Master of Social Work degree with a Certificate in Human Services Management from the University of Pittsburgh. He attained a Bachelor's degree in Communication from Pitt.

How You Can Help

We need your help! Since its beginning, this fund has continued to grow and serve as a resource for families in the Pittsburgh community.  You can help by becoming a yearly contributing sponsor or by making a donation. Make a tax-deductible gift now.


Give to the Human Rights Social Justice Fund via mail:

Human Rights Social Justice Fund

PO Box 2656

Henderson, NC 27536