Leitner Human Rights Speaker Series: Kumar Rao, Center for Popular Democracy – Freedom to Thrive: Reimagining Safety & Security in Our Communities
October 31, 2017 12:30PM -
Room 3-09, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023
Kumar Rao, Attorney at the Center for Popular Democracy
Over the last 30 years, at both the national and local levels, governments have dramatically increased their spending on criminalization, policing, and mass incarceration while drastically cutting investments in basic infrastructure and slowing investment in social safety net programs. Kumar Rao will discuss a new report and related local campaigns that argue that the choice to resource punitive systems instead of stabilizing and nourishing ones does not make communities safer.
Kumar Rao is Senior Staff Attorney for Racial Justice at the Center for Popular Democracy, a national network of community organizations pushing for progressive public policy. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan. A former public defender and trial lawyer, Kumar has represented hundreds of clients in state and federal court, in both criminal and civil matters. Over the course of his career, he has also advised small and large non-profit and private sector firms in strategic planning, designing creative technology solutions, and crafting communication and branding strategies.
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