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May 06, 2011 By: seeta Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Copyleft/Free Culture, Criminal Defense, Economic Development, Immigration, Indo Caribbean, Intersectionality, LGBTQ, Poverty, Prison Industrial Complex, Prisoner Rights, Welcome, White Privilege

Seeta PersaudI am a New York State licensed attorney with a multidisciplinary background in U.S. civil rights law, international human rights law, non-profit management, public policy, economics and international development.

My litigation experience has centered on civil rights claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (prohibiting race and gender discrimination, as well as retaliation), Title VI (prohibiting discrimination by beneficiary institutions in receipt of federal funds), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (originally enacted to eliminate the vestiges of slavery, it prohibits intentional race discrimination), Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act of 1871 (originally enacted to protect southern blacks from the Ku Klux Klan, it prohibits the denial of constitutional rights by municipal actors; for example, it creates a cause of action for individuals claiming police brutality based on excessive force), and the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL).

I am a graduate of CUNY School of Law and had the distinct honor of working with Rhonda Copelon while she was at the helm of the International Women’s Human Right’s Clinic.

As a social justice activist, my goal is to combine my experience and knowledge in policy, law, and community organizing/mass-mobilization in an holistic manner.

In the coming days this site will feature a full bio, resources, services, and will catalogue a spectrum of inter-linked socio-economic and political issues — with the hope of raising consciousness in an accessible, constructive, and informative manner, and with the goal of helping to dismantle institutionalized racism, the prison industrial complex, sexism (including violence against women in both the public and private spheres), heteronormativity, state violence, an economy based on scarcity, hierarchical governance structures, and cultural hegemony.  In the interest of keeping sanity, a sense of humor will also be featured.

Thanks for visiting.