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David C. Fathi

David C. Fathi

American Civil Liberties Union
Director, ACLU National Prison Project
Washington, DC, USA


David C. Fathi is Director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project, which brings challenges to conditions of confinement in prisons, jails, and other detention facilities, and works to end the policies that have given the United States the highest incarceration rate in the world.  He worked as a staff lawyer at the Project for more than ten years before becoming director in 2010, and has special expertise in challenging “supermax” prisons, where prisoners are held for months or years at a time in conditions of near-total isolation.  From 2012 to 2015 he represented the ACLU in negotiations leading to adoption of the United Nations Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, known as the “Nelson Mandela Rules.”

From 2007 to 2010 Fathi was Director of the US Program at Human Rights Watch.  The US Program works to defend the rights of particularly vulnerable groups in the United States, and has published groundbreaking reports on the death penalty, prison conditions, racial discrimination, the rights of immigrants, and many other human rights issues.

Fathi has lectured nationally and internationally on criminal justice issues.  His op-eds have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, and other major media outlets.  He serves on the Board of Penal Reform International, a UK-based NGO that works for criminal justice reform around the world. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.

David C. Fathi is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Tips for a Prison Tour: Bringing Solitary to Life - Prison Litigation 2018: Practical Strategies, Tuesday, June 05, 2018
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Interview Guide—Talking to Youth About Solitary Confinement - Prison Litigation 2018: Practical Strategies, Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Reid v. Wetzel, Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, Case 1: 18-cv-00176-JEJ (M.D. Pa. 2018) - Prison Litigation 2018: Practical Strategies, Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Post-Dukes Cases Certifying Classes of Persons in Prisons, Jails, and Other Institutional Settings (March 2018) - Prison Litigation 2018: Practical Strategies, Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Litigating Solitary Confinement - Prison Litigation 2018, Friday, June 08, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Litigating Solitary Confinement - Litigating Solitary Confinement, Friday, June 08, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Litigating Solitary Confinement - Litigating Solitary Confinement, Friday, June 08, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Litigating Solitary Confinement - Litigating Solitary Confinement, Friday, June 08, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Prison Litigation 2018, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, New York, NY
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