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Vanita Gupta named 2018 Richman Fellow

Vanita Gupta

Vanita Gupta, the former top civil rights prosecutor in the U.S. and current president of Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, has been named the 2018 Richman Fellow by Brandeis University.

As principal deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights for the Department of Justice from 2014 to 2017, Gupta led investigations into racial profiling and police shootings of African Americans in Ferguson, Chicago, Cleveland, Baltimore, and many other cities. She also oversaw a discrimination lawsuit against North Carolina for reversing an ordinance that extended rights to people who are gay or transgender, and successful appeals of voter identification laws in Texas and North Carolina.

Before joining the Department of Justice, Gupta served as an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and worked eight years with the American Civil Liberties Union where she oversaw the development of the ACLU’s criminal justice reform project.

Since leaving the Justice Department at the end of Barack Obama’s presidency, Gupta has overseen the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a nonprofit coalition that promotes and protects civil and human rights.

Read more about Gupta here.

Categories: Campus News
Date: September 27, 2017