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Please welcome to the Alliance for CHANGE Board of Directors, Dr. Niaz Kasravi! Dr. Kasravi is a national expert and advocate in criminal justice, social justice, and racial justice. She is Founder and Director of Avalan Institute for Applied Research – a research, advocacy & training institute. She is also the former Director of the Criminal Justice Program at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. At the NAACP, Dr. Kasravi led several successful initiatives, including campaigns to: abolish the death penalty in Maryland; enact stronger anti-racial profiling legislation in New York City; and free a man wrongfully sentenced to life in Georgia. Her career includes serving as Deputy Director of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Lead Researcher & Associate for the Domestic Human Rights Program of Amnesty International USA, Director of Community Relations for the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian-Americans, and Policy Associate for Stop Prison Rape Act. She is also the author of a report on racial profiling for the NAACP (2014), and the co-author of another report on the same issue for Amnesty International (2004).

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