#TakeBackTech: Ending Mass Criminalization in the Digital Age

#TakeBackTech: Ending Mass Criminalization in the Digital Age

Session Type(s): Panel

Technology is transforming law enforcement by enabling tracking at an unprecedented scale. Communities in the crosshairs of discriminatory policing and surveillance—particularly Black and Latinx—are seeing an acceleration of arrests, detentions and deportations. Aiding federal agencies are companies like Palantir, Amazon and others that generate millions in government contracts to build this digital infrastructure of criminalization. This moment requires a new set of strategies—one that organizes the criminalized to reclaim technology away from discrimination and toward justice. Come learn how organizers are helping our communities prepare for and fight back against agencies like ICE and the FBI.

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Azadeh Shahshahani

Azadeh Shahshahani

Azadeh Shahshahani is Legal & Advoacy Director at Project South. Azadeh has worked for a number of years in the U.S. South to protect the human rights of immigrants and Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities. She previously served as National Security/Immigrants’ Rights Project Director with the ACLU of Georgia. Azadeh is a past president of the National Lawyers Guild. Azadeh also serves on the Advisory Council of the American Association of Jurists. Azadeh has served as a trial monitor in Turkey, an election monitor in Venezuela and Honduras, and as a member of the jury in people’s tribunals on Mexico, the Philippines, and Brazil. She has also participated in international fact-finding delegations to post-revolutionary Tunisia and Egypt as well as a delegation focused on the situation of Palestinian political prisoners. She is the author or editor of several human rights reports, including a 2017 report titled “Imprisoned Justice: Inside Two Georgia Immigrant Detention Centers,” as well as law review articles and book chapters focused on racial profiling, immigrants’ rights, and surveillance of Muslim-Americans. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Nation, MSNBC, USA Today, Aljazeera, and the Huffington Post, among others. Azadeh received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School where she was Article Editor for The Michigan Journal of International Law. She also has a Master’s in Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan. Azadeh is the recipient of the 2018 Emory Law School Outstanding Leadership in the Public Interest Award, the 2017 US Human Rights Network Human Rights Movement Builder Award, the American Immigration Lawyers Association 2012 Advocacy Award, and the University of Georgia Law School 2009 Equal Justice Foundation Public Interest Practitioner Award, among several others. She has also been recognized as an Abolitionist by the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University & the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, and as one of Atlanta’s 500 Most Powerful Leaders by Atlanta Magazine. In 2016, Azadeh was chosen by the Mundo Hispanico Newspaper as an Outstanding Person of the Year for her activism on behalf of the Latino community and defending the rights of immigrants in Georgia. In 2017, she was chosen by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the 40 under 40 notable Georgians.

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