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Joey L. Mogul is a partner at the People’s Law Office in Chicago, Illinois and Director of the Civil Rights Clinic at DePaul University College of Law. Mogul’s practice focuses on representing individuals who have suffered from police and other governmental misconduct in civil rights cases, and defending individuals in criminal and capital cases. Mogul has worked to seek justice for Chicago Police torture survivors for the last fourteen years, which included presenting the cases to UN Committee Against Torture and the Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland in 2006. Mogul’s practice has also included representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in criminal and civil proceedings involving police and prisoner torture, abuse and misconduct. Mogul previously published The Dykier, the Butcher, the Better: the State’s Use of Homophobia and Sexism to Execute Women in the United States in the New York City Law Review and with co-author Ritchie, In the Shadows of the War on Terror: Persistent Police Brutality and Abuse of People of Color in the United States in the DePaul Journal for Social Justice. Mogul has spoken widely before both legal and popular audiences on the state’s use of homophobic, sexist and racist arguments in criminal cases and has devised legal training to counter such efforts. Mogul has also worked as an activist with Queer to the Left in Chicago, Illinois, the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights and with others to challenge the death penalty, torture by law enforcement officials, gentrification and supermax conditions. Mogul is an Oberlin College graduate and earned a juris doctorate from City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law.
Andrea J. Ritchie is a police misconduct attorney and organizer in New York City. She has engaged in extensive research, writing, speaking, litigation, organizing and advocacy on profiling, policing, and physical and sexual violence by law enforcement agents against women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the US and Canada over the past decade. She currently coordinates Streetwise & Safe (SAS), a leadership development initiative aimed at building knowledge, community and power among LGBT youth of color with experience of gender, race, sexuality and poverty-based policing and criminalization in the context of “quality of life” initiatives and the policing of sex work and trafficking. She proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP) and as a member of the Safe Outside the System Collective of the Audre Lorde Project. She is also counsel, along with Joey Mogul, in Tikkun v. City of New York, et al., a civil rights action challenging unconstitutional and overly invasive searches of transgender people by New York City Police officers. In 2009 she served as the Director of the Sex Workers Project. As a member of the national collective of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence from 2003 – 2008, she coordinated the development of the INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence Organizer’s Toolkit on Law Enforcement Violence Against Women of Color and Transgender People of Color, and drafted its unique “Know Your Rights” flyer. Her original piece, Law Enforcement Violence Against Women of Color appeared in The Color of Violence: The INCITE! anthology (2006, South End Press). She and Joey were also primary authors of In the Shadows of the War on Terror: Persistent Police Brutality and Abuse in the United States, a “shadow report” submitted on behalf of over 100 national and local organizations and individuals to the United Nations Committee Against Torture, the United Nations Human Rights Committee, and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Ritchie was as an expert consultant, lead researcher and coauthor for Amnesty International’s 2005 report Stonewalled: Police Abuse and Misconduct Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in the United States. She was also a consultant and co-author for Caught in the Net, a report on women and the “war on drugs” published by the ACLU, the Brennan Center for Justice, and Break the Chains, and Education Not Deportation: Impacts of New York City School Safety Policies on Immigrant Youth, published by Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM). Her book, Everyday Violence: Racial Profiling and Police Brutality Against Women and Transgender People of Color, will be coming out next year from South End Press.
Kay Whitlock is a Montana-based writer, organizer and consultant working for progressive social change. As an activist, she was worked for almost 40 years to build bridges between LGBTQ struggles and movements fighting for racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice. She formerly served in national leadership positions on LGBTQ issues, including National Representative for LGBT Issues for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC, a Quaker organization advocating for peace, social and economic justice, and human rights); chair of the National NOW Lesbian Rights Committee; and member and co-chair of the board of directors of the (as it was then known) National Gay Task Force. Kay is the author of an AFSC Justice Visions series of publications addressing the meaning of justice in a society based upon violence, exclusion, and abuses of human rights. These include In a Time of Broken Bones, which challenges penalty enhancement hate crime laws as a progressive response to hate violence; Corrupting Justice: A Primer for LGBT Communities on Racism, Violence, Human Degradation & the Prison Industrial Complex; and In the Killing Fields of the State: Why Abolition of the Death Penalty is a Queer Issue. She also authored Bridges of Respect: Creating Support for Lesbian and Gay Youth (AFSC, 1988), the first nationally distributed resource guide for adults working with lesbian and gay youth. She has worked closely with Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ) to produce educational resources about poverty and economic hardship in LGBTQ communities and served as a member of a national working group convened by QEJ to produce Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: A New Strategic Vision for All Our Families & Relationships that seeks to place the struggle for marriage equality within a broader context of social and economic justice. Kay travels widely throughout the United States, speaking, doing research, and facilitating workshops. Her essays and articles have appeared in numerous periodicals and several anthologies.