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Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice



Andrea Ritchie Co-Coordinator

Andrea Ritchie

Andrea Ritchie is a police misconduct attorney who has engaged in extensive research, writing, litigation, organizing and advocacy on profiling, policing, and physical and sexual violence by law enforcement agents against women, girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color in over the past two decades. She currently coordinates Streetwise & Safe (SAS), a leadership development initiative aimed at sharing “know your rights” information, strategies for safety and visions for change among LGBT youth of color who experience of gender, race, sexuality and poverty-based policing and criminalization in the context of “quality of life” initiatives and the policing of sex work and trafficking. Ritchie is also lead counsel in Tikkun v. City of New York, ground-breaking impact litigation challenging the use of searches to assign gender to individuals in police custody, and co-counsel to the Center for Constitutional Rights in Doe v. Jindal, a challenge to Louisiana’s requirement that individuals convicted of “crime against nature by solicitation” register as sex offenders. She is co-author of Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Beacon Press 2011), www.queerinjustice.com.