Fourth World Movement is a network of people in poverty and those from other backgrounds who work in partnership towards overcoming the exclusion and injustice of persistent poverty. Projects focus on the sharing of knowledge among people of different backgrounds in an atmosphere of mutual respect and dignity. Fourth World Movement then seeks out and creates forums where the voice and experience of those in poverty can influence public opinion and policy. A corps of full-time, long-term volunteers spearheads this work, but relies on members from all walks of life. As the United States branch of the International Movement ATD Fourth World, teams exist in New York, Washington, DC, Southwestern Virginia, and New Orleans.