Jamaican-American Kristen Clarke nominated for Assistant Attorney General in Civil Rights Division of the DOJ
Jamaican American civil rights lawyer, Kristen Clarke, has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Department of Justice.
She was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1975 to Jamaican parents. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 2000.
Clarke started her career in civil rights as a career attorney in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice where she handled cases of police misconduct, hate crimes, human trafficking, voting rights, and redistricting cases. She is currently the president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She also previously worked as the head of the Civil Rights Bureau for the New York State Attorney General’s Office.