Civil and Human Rights


A young East Asian person with glasses and short black hair smiles directly at the camera. They are wearing a dark blue suit and paisley tie, and sitting on a couch in front of an arching bookcase. Photo by Katie Miller.
Added 07/20/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects: , , ,

Lydia X. Z. Brown is a policy counsel for the Privacy and Data Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology and director of policy, advocacy and external affairs at the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network. They are a disability justice advocate, writer, attorney and strategist.

Added 06/22/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: , ,

Jawanza Williams is a social justice activist and the director of organizing for VOCAL-NY, a grassroots organization that advocates for social reform. He is a founding member of the Afrosocialists and Socialists of Color Caucus, a division of the Democratic Socialists of America.

Added 03/16/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , ,

Tim Jin is a disability rights advocate with cerebral palsy. He is on the board of directors for Disability Voices United, an organization focused on improving education and services for those with developmental disabilities. Jin advocates for improving the accessibility of technology-aided communication for those with speech-related disabilities.

Added 11/06/20 | Location: Texas | Subjects: , , ,

Marsha Jones is a grassroots organizer and health educator, and the co-founder and executive director of The Afiya Center, a reproductive justice organization in North Texas founded and directed by Black women.

Updated 04/15/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , ,

Victor Pineda is a senior research fellow and visiting scholar at the Haas Institute of the University of California, Berkeley. His expertise lies in the areas of disability rights, urban planning and human rights. Pineda is the president of World Enabled, a nonprofit organization that promotes the rights and dignities of persons with disabilities.

Added 07/20/18 | Location: Illinois | Subjects: , ,

Daniel Abebe is the vice provost and a professor of law at the University of Chicago School of Law. He is an expert on constitutional law, foreign affairs, human rights law, international institutions, and the way political and social institutions interact.

Added 05/02/18 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Jamal Green is the Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches constitutional law, law of the political process, First Amendment, and federal courts. Prior to his current role, Greene served as a law clerk to the Hon. Guido Calabresi on the U.S.

Updated 04/15/21 | Location: Ohio | Subjects: ,

Roula Allouch is an attorney with the law firm Graydon, practicing in commercial litigation, employment law and civil rights. Allouch is the chair of the National Board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). At CAIR, she monitors and analyzes policies and statements that foster discriminatory behavior toward American Muslims.

Updated 04/17/21 | Location: North Carolina | Subjects: ,

Enrique Armijo is a professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, N.C. He is also an affiliate fellow of the Yale Law School Information Society Project.

Updated 04/14/21 | Location: Indiana | Subjects: , ,

Ellen Wu is an associate professor of history and director of the Asian Studies program at Indiana University. Her research interests include race, identity and immigration in the context of the Asian-American experience.

Updated 04/20/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects: ,

Nicole Bibbins Sedaca is a professor of the practice of international affairs and deputy director for the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University. Bibbins Sedaca served for over a decade at the U.S. State Department before working in democracy and human rights NGOs and in academia.

Updated 04/02/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , ,

Jenny S. Martinez is the dean and the Richard E. Lang Professor of Law of Stanford Law School. She is an expert on international courts and tribunals, international human rights, national security, constitutional law, and the laws of war.

Updated 07/21/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Faiza Patel is the co-director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, which seeks to ensure U.S. counterterrorism laws and policies respect human rights and freedoms. Her portfolio includes projects on social media surveillance by police, schools and governments, policing and technology, and secret law.

Updated 04/11/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects: ,

Paul Butler is the Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching in the areas of criminal law and race and the law. He served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption. He is also a legal analyst on MSNBC.

Updated 04/21/21 | Location: California | Subjects: ,

Margaret Russell is an associate professor of constitutional law at California’s Santa Clara University. She specializes in constitutional law, civil rights and civil liberties, as well as freedom of speech, racial equality, sexual orientation equality, and the Supreme Court.

Updated 04/10/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects: ,

Sherrilyn Ifill is president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Previously, she was a professor of law at the University of Maryland and assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, where she litigated voting rights cases. Among her cases is Houston Lawyers’ Association vs.

Added 06/12/13 | Location: Georgia | Subjects: , ,

Jerry Gonzalez is the founder and CEO of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund. Gonzalez has been named one of “Georgia’s 100 Most Influential” by Georgia Trend Magazine. GALEO’s mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia.

A Latino man with dark brown hair looks directly at the camera with a closed mouth smile. He is seen from the chest up wearing a gray suit, white collared shirt, and navy blue and white pinstripe tie.
Updated 04/02/21 | Location: Massachusetts | Subjects: , , ,

Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal is the executive director of Lawyers for Civil Rights and a civil rights attorney specializing in immigration law and legal issues affecting the LGBT community and those living with HIV.

Updated 04/22/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , ,

Cecillia Wang is a deputy legal director at the ACLU and the director of the Center for Democracy, which encompasses the ACLU’s work on immigrants’ rights, voting rights, national security, human rights, and speech, privacy and technology.

Updated 04/09/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , , ,

Kevin R. Johnson is dean and the Mabie-Apallas professor of public interest law and Chicana/o studies at the University of California, Davis. He was appointed dean in 2008 and has been a tenured professor of law since 1992. Johnson served on the immigration policy group of President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Updated 04/06/21 | Location: Connecticut | Subjects: , ,

Cristina Rodriguez is Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where she focuses on constitutional law, administrative law and immigration law. She is the first tenured Latina/o faculty member. She earned both her B.A. and J.D. at Yale, and was previously a professor at New York University School of Law.

Updated 04/04/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , ,

Tom K. Wong is an associate professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He is also the founding director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Center (USIPC).