Director of Global Programs at Movement Law Lab
Meena Jagannath is Director of Global Programs at Movement Law Lab. Prior to joining the Lab, Meena co-directed the Community Justice Project, Inc., a Miami-based movement lawyering organization supporting campaigns for racial justice and human rights. She is a movement lawyer with an extensive background in activism and international human rights, including work in Haiti and Guatemala. While in Miami, Meena used her legal skills to build the power of movements locally in South Florida around workers’ rights, housing, gentrification, and police brutality. She has also supported delegations to the United Nations to elevate U.S.-based human rights issues like police accountability in Ferguson and Stand Your Ground laws to the international level. It is this combination of local legal advocacy and an understanding of international human rights advocacy that Meena hopes to leverage as she develops the Global Network of Movement Lawyers at the Lab.
Meena received her J.D from the University of Washington School of Law where she was a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar. She also holds a Master's degree in International Affairs (Human Rights) from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a B.A. in International Relations and Peace and Justice Studies from Tufts University.