Chiraag Bains is senior counsel to the assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, focusing on criminal justice reform; reducing the use of solitary confinement; ending unlawful fee, fine, and bail practices; and combating the criminalization of homelessness. He served on the team that investigated the Ferguson Police Department and Municipal Court for a pattern or practice of unconstitutional conduct.
Previously, Bains was a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section, prosecuting police misconduct, hate crimes, and interference with access to reproductive health clinics. Bains also served as a special assistant United States attorney in the sex offense and domestic violence unit of the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney’s Office. Bains clerked for Judge Karen Nelson Moore on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and U.S District Judge Nancy Gertner.
Bains received his JD cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an articles editor on the Harvard Law Review and a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow, and took his MPhil in criminology from the University of Cambridge on a Gates Scholarship. He graduated magna cum laude as a Truman Scholar from Yale College.