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Legal Worker and Legal Program Associate
Leah Todd provides support to each of CCR’s Legal Department dockets and manages CCR’s term-time internship program as Legal Worker and Legal Program Associate. She also acts as a legal worker on several of CCR’s cases and projects, including Al Shimari v. CACI et al., international advocacy to halt deportations from the U.S. to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, the Right to Heal Initiative, Palestine Legal Support and related cases including Davis v. Cox and efforts on behalf of Professor Steven Salaita, who was terminated from a tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign over his tweets regarding Israel’s assault on Gaza in the summer of 2014. Leah's piece “Worldwide Support Grows for Iraq Human Rights Hearing” discussed CCR's work on the Right to Heal Initiative.
Leah previously worked at the Rubin Museum of Art and did legal work for the Law Office of Rankin & Taylor. Both within and outside her work at CCR, Leah believes in imagining creative strategies to counter violence – from large-scale militarism to interpersonal conflict – from a transformative justice framework that challenges the violence and the structural conditions that allow the violence to occur. She works towards creating safer spaces as a member of Support New York, a collective that provides community-based responses to sexual assault and intimate partner violence, and through other projects. She also advocates for safer streets through the art and advocacy initiative NYC Street Memorial Project and has facilitated Know Your Rights trainings for community groups. Leah graduated from Columbia University with a focus in English and Comparative Literature, Gender Studies, and Creative Writing.