Gene Guerrero is a senior policy analyst for criminal justice and civil liberties at the Open Society Foundations. He works to reduce the excessive reliance on punishment and incarceration in the United States and to promote fair and equal treatment in all aspects of the U.S. criminal justice system. Specifically, Guerrero coordinates working groups of state and local government representatives, civil rights advocates, criminal justice practitioners, and academics to consider law enforcement reforms, sentencing changes, increased use of alternatives to imprisonment, and programs to assist the re-entry of prisoners back into society.
Guerrero has a distinguished career as a civil rights advocate. Guerrero has served as the director of the Torchlight Campaign at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in Washington, D.C. There, he directed a national legislative advocacy campaign to protect the rights of refugees. Before that, he was the country director of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Namibia. Guerrero also spent many years working in the ACLU Washington office and as the director of the ACLU Georgia office.
Guerrero received his MA in history from Georgia State University. He holds a BA in Sociology from Emory University.