Andrea Ritchie

Brooklyn, NY

Andrea Ritchie will document and promote policy reforms and litigation strategies that address the specific ways in which discriminatory policing impacts women of color.

Ritchie has dedicated the past two decades to challenging abusive and discriminatory policing against women, girls, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of color. She is an accomplished litigator and a highly sought-after commentator on the experiences of women of color relative to policing and mass incarceration. She works closely with a range of local and national organizations, including Streetwise & Safe, an organization focused on policing of LGBT youth of color, and is a member of INCITE!

She is the co-author of Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Beacon Press, 2011) and Caught in the Net, a report on women and the “war on drugs.” Ritchie received her JD from Howard University School of Law and previously clerked for the U.S. District Court judge Emmet G. Sullivan.