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Amir Whitaker

Research Associate

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Amir Whitaker is a researcher with the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, an initiative of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. He has worked as a civil rights lawyer in Florida and Alabama and is currently a staff attorney of the ACLU of Southern California. Referred to as a "civil rights and education stalwart" by the Daytona Times, Amir has negotiated settlements and policy changes improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of children. He has authored publications highlighting educational inequalities, and written for outlets like TIME Magazine.

Over the past ten years, Amir has worked in different settings from South Los Angeles to South Africa.  He held teaching credentials in California, Florida, and New Jersey. During his adolescence, Amir was expelled from school, arrested, and lived in a dozen different settings. This inspired him to start the nonprofit Project KnuckleHead to inspire vulnerable youth to reach their potential through education, music and art programs. Amir is also the current board Chair of the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network.

Amir received his doctorate in education from the University of Southern California, law degree from the University of Miami, and bachelors from Rutgers University.

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