Born and raised in South Louisiana, A’Niya is an Advocacy Strategist at the ACLU of Louisiana. A'Niya works on the development of dynamic advocacy campaigns, political engagement strategies, coalition, network and alliance building, cultural programming, and research, writing, and popular educating on issues of social justice all while centering the vision, goals, and needs of systems-impacted communities. Previously, A’Niya served as the Racial Justice Fellow at the affiliate, and authored an assessment of Louisiana’s pretrial system and a virtual exhibit that explored the oppression and resistance of Louisiana’s Black communities. Before joining the ACLU, A'Niya attended Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she worked on housing, education, and economic justice issues as a student practitioner at the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice. She graduated in May 2019 with a Juris Doctor and a Certificate in Social Justice, and was grateful to receive two Equal Justice America fellowships. While at Loyola, she completed a study of criminal justice debt in New Orleans' court system in addition to leading two research efforts on minimum wage preemption and community land trusts for Law for Black Lives. She was recognized by the American Bar Association’s State and Local Government Section for receiving the highest grade in her land use and local government law courses. A’Niya previously served and chaired the National Advisory Committee of Equal Justice Works, and was instrumental in creating the Committee's first Diversity and Inclusion working group. She also has served as President of her National Lawyers Guild chapter; as a FEMA Legal Advocate for people affected by natural disasters; and as an advocate for survivors of gender-based violence. She has also previously worked on lawsuits related to solitary confinement and education accessibility. A'Niya recently spent time at the New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice, working with communities of color on decriminalization of poverty and economic justice. Prior to law school, A’Niya was a community organizer on issues of education justice and farm labor while also teaching GED preparation courses. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in political science and history, she worked at the Orleans Public Defenders office and the Louisiana Supreme Court. She is a member of the New Orleans chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Society, and enjoys working with first generation law students. She is licensed to practice law in Louisiana, and is a fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. When not in the office, A'Niya enjoys cooking, gardening, and working on her family's farm.
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