Senior Staff Attorney
Ghita Schwarz is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. She works on racial justice, immigrants' rights, and government misconduct and transparency. Her current cases include the challenge to the Trump administration's public charge rule, Make the Road New York v. Cuccinelli; the Freedom of Information Act cases Detention Watch Network v. ICE and Immigrant Defense Project v. ICE, seeking government transparency about controversial immigration detention and enforcement practices; Hassan v. City of New York, challenging the NYPD's discriminatory program of surveilling Muslims; and United States and Vulcan Society v. City of New York, challenging long-term employment discrimination by the New York City Fire Department. Ghita's past work includes Aguilar v. ICE, fighting ICE's practice of warrantless home raids, and NDLON v. ICE, challenging government secrecy regarding DHS' Secure Communities program. Prior to coming to the Center for Constitutional Rights, she worked at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Door Legal Services Center, and Legal Services for New York City. Ghita graduated from Harvard College and Columbia Law School. Ghita's recent writing includes "Why New York is Still the Capital of Immigrant America," published in The Nation, and she has appeared on NY1, NY1 Noticias, Univision, Telemundo, CUNY TV's Ronnie Eldridge & Co, and numerous radio programs.