Chinyere Ezie is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she advocates for racial justice, gender justice, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) rights, and challenges governmental abuses of power. Chinyere is lead counsel for transgender rights activist Ashley Diamond in her pathbreaking lawsuits against the Georgia Department of Corrections. She is also the originator of #BoycottPrada, a viral campaign that led luxury fashion house Prada to change the way it does business when it comes to racial equity and inclusion. Prior to joining the Center for Constitutional Rights, Chinyere worked at the Southern Poverty Law Center where she brought cases defending the rights of LGBTQI Southerners. She also served as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she litigated employment discrimination cases and secured a $5.1 million jury verdict and historic injunction on behalf of workers who were subjected to religious harassment. Chinyere is a William J. Fulbright Scholar, a White House Fellows Program Regional Panelist, and a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, where she was an Alexander Hamilton Scholar and served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gender and Law. She was also named one of the nation’s Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40. Chinyere is a frequent speaker at law conferences and her advocacy has been reported on by the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NBC, and NPR, among others. Chinyere’s article Not Your Mule: Disrupting the Political Powerlessness of Black Women Voters was recently published in the University of Colorado Law Review.
The Criminal Legal System and LGBTQ Communities – Litigation and Civil Remedies