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Arusha Gordon

Associate Director of the James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate

Arusha Gordon leads the James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The Byrd Center’s mission is to combat hate crimes and hate incidents, support communities and individuals targeted for hate, and challenge white supremacy using litigation and other legal advocacy. Arusha’s recent cases include a suit against the Proud Boys for their vandalism of a historic Black church and a precedent-setting case suing neo-Nazis and other white supremacists for a race-based cyberattack. Arusha also leads the Committee’s work training law enforcement on how to better respond to hate crimes, helping implement a program that has trained more than 1,500 officers and prosecutors across the country. In addition, Arusha’s work addresses the alarming trend of white supremacists in law enforcement.

Arusha previously worked with the Committee’s Voting Rights Project where she litigated cases under the Voting Rights Act, National Voter Registration Act and other statues in both federal and state court. She has served as an adjunct professor at Howard Law and Washington College of Law (American University). Publications include Barriers to the Ballot Box: Implicit Bias and Voting Rights in the Twenty First Century (Michigan Journal of Race & Law), Don’t Remind Me: Stereotype Threat in High Stakes Testing (University of Baltimore Law Review), and a chapter in the book Political Geometry: Rethinking Redistricting in the US with Math, Law, and Everything In Between (forthcoming).

Previously, Arusha was a 2009-2010 Fulbright scholar in Egypt and at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, where her research focused on gender issues and civic participation. She also worked for President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 election campaigns, the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, and on Capitol Hill for former Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT). Arusha is a graduate of Berkeley Law and Wesleyan University.