Kristen Clarke is president and executive director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In this capacity she is a legal advocate on behalf of the rights of communities of color, especially in the areas of social justice, equal economic opportunity, criminal justice and judicial diversity, among others.
Before joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Clarke spent several years at the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund where she helped lead the organization’s efforts in voting rights and election law reform across the country. Before joining the LDF, she worked at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, where she served as a federal prosecutor, handling cases of police brutality, hate crimes, and human trafficking. Clarke is a regular contributor to a number of outlets including CNN, MSNBC and TV One as well as a 2017 recipient of Quinnipiac University’s Thurgood Marshall Award, among others.
President and Executive Director, National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Areas of Expertise: Criminal justice, police brutality, civil liberties, hate speech, civil litigation, diversity
Faiza Patel is the co-director of the non-partisan public policy institute the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, which seeks to ensure U.S. counterterrorism laws and policies respect human rights norms and fundamental freedoms.
She has testified before Congress opposing police surveillance of Muslims and developed legislation creating an independent Inspector General for the NYPD.
Patel has been a guest on number of television programs, including ABC’s Up Close, Bloomberg TV and Current TV.
Co-Director, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice
Areas of Expertise: Civil Liberties, Islam in America, Counterterrorism Laws, Law, National Security
Location: New York, NY
Please contact the Brennan Center’s communications manager, Seth Hoy