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WASHINGTON, August 14, 2023 – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, announced that Carlita Salazar has been named as the organization’s inaugural Vice President of Communications.

This newly created leadership position will lead efforts to amplify the organization’s impact through strategic communications. Salazar will serve on the organization’s executive management team and will spearhead all external communications and lead the organization’s efforts to inform the public about the organization’s work and to shape public discourse and narratives about civil rights and racial justice.

“Carlita’s appointment as our Vice President of Communications arrives at a pivotal moment for both the Lawyers’ Committee and the nation,” said Damon Hewitt, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “As we mark our 60th anniversary as an organization, our nation confronts both new and familiar challenges— from voting rights and educational opportunities to police accountability and the complex interactions between technology and civil rights in the digital space. A robust communications capacity plays an essential role in mobilizing hearts and minds to combat these challenges and create positive change for Black people and other communities of color. Carlita’s role on our executive management team signifies our commitment to ensuring communications is woven into the fabric of our litigation and advocacy efforts, helping to share our clients’ stories, and articulate a vision for how we can achieve a future of fairness and equity—the future we all deserve.”

“I’m thrilled to join the team at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an organization that has played a pivotal role in championing the rights that are at the very foundation of our democracy. Moreover, the Lawyers’ Committee understands that pursuing justice and equality for Black people and communities of color is a mission that is absolutely paramount to the betterment of this country ,” said Carlita Salazar. “As the Lawyers’ Committee celebrates its 60th anniversary, its commitment to strategic communication will yield great dividends in our racial justice work. I’m excited to get started.”

Salazar brings with her more than a decade of experience as a senior communications leader, most recently at the Innocence Project, where she served as deputy chief communications officer. She holds an M.S. in urban planning from Columbia University, where she concentrated on food security issues and community development, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish from Lehigh University.


About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes. For more information, please visit