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Nkechi Taifa is President of The Taifa Group LLC; is a Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s Center for Justice, and convenes the Justice Roundtable, an advocacy coalition advancing progressive justice system transformation. Taifa has served as Advocacy Director for Criminal Justice at the Open Society Foundations; legislative and policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union and Women’s Legal Defense Fund; founding director of Howard University School of Law’s Equal Justice Program; staff attorney for National Prison Project; Network Organizer for Washington Office on Africa; and as a private practitioner.
Nkechi has testified before Congress, United States Sentencing Commission, DC City Council, Justice Kennedy Commission, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and U.S. Helsinki Commission. She delivered the Opening Statements in the People’s Tribunal on Mumia Abu-Jamal and the People’s Tribunal on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She served as an appointed Commissioner and Chair of the DC Commission on Human Rights.
An award-winning attorney, Nkechi Taifa is past president of the D.C. chapter of the National Conference of Black Lawyers. She is a founding member of N’COBRA, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America. She serves as a Commissioner on the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC), and on the governing board of the Corrections Information Council.
Nkechi Taifa is the author of a new memoir - Black Power, Black Lawyer: My Audacious Quest for Justice . The book has been described as “an engaging memoir of not just a fascinating woman, but a history of a movement.” – Kirkus Reviews.