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Johanna E. Miller

Johanna E. Miller

New York Civil Liberties Union
Advocacy Director
New York, NY, USA


Johanna Miller

As advocacy director at the New York Civil Liberties Union, Johanna Miller leads the NYCLU’s public policy campaigns on issues including police reform, youth rights, immigration reform, and public education. Her primary areas of expertise are the school to prison pipeline, school climate, student privacy, and LGBTQ issues in education. She most recently co-authored the NYCLU reports Beyond Deliberate Indifference: An NYPD for All New Yorkers (2013) and Birds, Bees and Bias: How Absent Sex Ed Standards Fail New York’s Students (2012). She is co-litigating BH v. City of New York, a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of school safety policies and practices in the nation’s largest school district.

Miller was a founding member of the New York State Dignity for All Students Task Force, charged with implementing New York’s anti-bullying and harassment law. She has trained more than 200 teachers and professionals on the law and best practices.

A frequent public speaker and media contributor, Miller’s appearances include the New York State Bar Association, the Celebration of Teaching and Learning Conference, and the ACLU Nationwide Staff Conference. She has appeared in the Village Voice, WNYC, Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin, and The Huffington Post, and has published op-eds in the Albany Times-Union, Long Island Newsday, and the Buffalo News.

Miller graduated with honors from New York Law School where she received the Alexander Forger Award for Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession. She has now returned to the school as an adjunct clinical professor of law. Originally from Florida, Miller is a proud alumnus of the University of Florida and studied at La Sorbonne. She joined the NYCLU staff in 2008.

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