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Alec Karakatsanis  

Founder and Executive Director of Civil Rights Corps

Alec Karakatsanis is an American civil rights lawyer, social justice advocate, co-founder of Equal Justice Under Law, and founder and Executive Director of Civil Rights Corps, a Washington D.C. impact litigation nonprofit. Karaktsanis' recent work has targeted the American monetary bail system. Using the novel legal strategy of suing jurisdictions under the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment, Civil Rights Corps won a series of landmark civil rights lawsuits which ended money bail systems in Mississippi, Missouri, Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, and other jurisdictions. Karakatsanis' long-term goals are ending American mass incarceration, drug crimes, surveillance, the death penalty, immigration laws, war, and inequality. His hobbies include painting, soccer, and playing the piano.

In 2016, Karakatsanis was awarded the Stephen B. Bright Award by Gideon's Promise and the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by Public Justice. In explaining their rationale, Public Justice declared Karakatsanis to be "setting the precedent for a new era of criminal justice reform in the age of mass incarceration."


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