About the Criminal Justice Staff

Dr. Niaz Kasravi serves as the NAACP's Criminal Justice Director. She received her Ph. D. in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine. In her academic career, she focused on sociology of law and law and inequality. A National Science Foundation grant allowed her to travel to Iran to work with Shirin Ebadi, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient of 2003, on human rights in Iran and the role of Iranian women in the reform movement.

After graduate school, Dr. Kasravi worked as the Lead Researcher and Associate for the Domestic Human Rights Program of Amnesty International USA, helping build this new program for the organization and focusing on racial profiling, prison conditions, juveniles in the criminal justice system, civil rights and the "war on terror", as well as other domestic human rights issues. Additionally, she has served as Policy Associate for Stop Prisoner Rape - working to end sexual violence behind bars - as well as researcher and advocate at a number of organizations working on human rights issues in the Middle East and domestic issues concerning the Iranian-American diaspora.