Senior Legal Worker
Leah Todd is a Senior Legal Worker at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she works on issues related to international human rights, First Amendment principles and suppression of dissent, gender and LGBTQIA+ justice, and anti-militarism. Leah also manages the Center for Constitutional Rights' term-time internship and volunteer programs, and co-hosts the Center for Constitutional Rights podcast, The Activist Files. She has worked on cases and projects including Al Shimari v. CACI, challenging torture by military contractors; amicus and advocacy efforts to protect the rights of queer and trans people; the Right to Heal Initiative, seeking accountability and reparations for U.S. militarism in Iraq; advocacy in support of Palestinian rights and related cases Silber v. Airbnb, Awad v. Fordham University, Davis v. Cox, Bronner v. Duggan, and Salaita v. Kennedy; Gulino v. Board of Education of the City of New York, challenging discrimination against Black and Latinx New York City teachers; and advocacy to halt U.S. deportations of Haitians following the 2010 earthquake.
Leah previously worked at the Rubin Museum of Art and the Law Office of Rankin & Taylor. Both within and outside her work at the Center for Constitutional Rights, 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 has worked towards building cultures of accountability and safety as a member of Support New York, a collective that provided community-based responses to sexual assault and intimate partner violence, and through other projects. She is also a member of 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.