Marcia Johnson-BlancoCo-Director, Voting Rights Project
Marcia Johnson-Blanco is the Co-director of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Voting Rights Project. She manages the Project’s voter engagement programs and advocacy portfolios which include overseeing the work of Election Protection, the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition; promoting engagement in the census and the redistricting process; researching the history of discrimination in voting; advocating for the restoration of the full protections of the Voting Rights Act and promoting national and state-based electoral reform legislation that ensure access to the ballot; and advocating for the restoration of voting rights for those with felony convictions.
Marcia also coordinates the Lawyer’s Committee’s international human rights initiatives including monitoring U.S. compliance with its treaty obligations under the Convention for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Marcia is a national speaker on voting rights. She has testified before Congress and has appeared in national media discussing voting rights challenges and solutions. She is featured in the international documentary, Democracy Maybe, a series exploring the challenges faced by democracies across the globe.
Marcia is particularly proud of her work organizing two national commissions that researched and documented the record of discrimination in voting. This research has been part of the record used by Congress to support the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act in 2006.Marcia also served as a member of the litigation team defending the 2007 challenge to the constitutionality of the Act.
Her essay on voting rights is part of an exhibit at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.
Marcia has taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. She received her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Linguistics from Georgetown University.
Bar Admissions: Admitted in the District of Columbia and New Jersey. Admitted to the US District Court for the District of New Jersey.