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Arjun S. Sethi

Adjunct Professor of Law

Arjun Singh Sethi is an activist, attorney and writer based in Washington, D.C., and an expert in policing, counterterrorism, and racial and religious profiling. He is particularly active on domestic and international surveillance issues and pre-arrest police civilian encounters, including consensual stops, predictive policing, location tracking, biometric data collection, and countering violent extremist programs. His work has appeared in numerous national outlets, including CNN, The Guardian, Politico Magazine, USA Today, and The Washington Post, and he has been widely quoted in print, radio and television, including by The New York Times, The Independent, BBC World Radio, and NPR.

In addition to his media work, Sethi is also a consultant and advises foundations, nonprofits, and advocacy groups on rapid-response policy analysis, public education and community organizing, and intersectionality in movement building. He was previously national legislative counsel for human rights and national security related affairs at the American Civil Liberties Union. In connection with this work, he serves as a bridge between communities of color and the institutions that impact their everyday lives. He has met with countless government agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration and FBI, and has been invited by the government to preview and assess numerous intelligence and law enforcement programs prior to launch. He presently serves as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's National Committee on Homeland Security, Counterterrorism, and Treatment of Enemy Combatants

He began his career as a government affairs and litigation associate at the international law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where he represented victims of domestic violence, asylum-seekers, national security detainees, and criminal defendants on death row. Sethi is a graduate of New York University Law School and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.


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