Andrea Ritchie

Andrea J. Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant and attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, writing, and advocacy around issues of policing and criminalization over the past two decades, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color. She is a nationally recognized expert and sought after commentator on policing issues, and has testified before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Prison Rape Elimination Commission, and several United Nations Treaty Bodies. She is currently Researcher-in-Residence on Race, Gender, Sexuality and Criminalization at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and in 2014 she was a Senior Soros Justice Fellow. Ritchie is the author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color, and co-author of Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women; A Roadmap for Change: Federal Policy Recommendations for Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT People and People Living with HIV; Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States; Amnesty International's Stonewalled: Police Abuse and Misconduct Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in the United States; and the Urban Institute's Surviving the Streets of New York: Experiences of LGBT Youth, YMSM and YWSW Engaged in Survival Sex; and author of "Law Enforcement Violence Against Women of Color," in The Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology (2006, South End Press).