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policy | social justice | Latinos | politics | immigration | civil rights | voting rights

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Sonja Diaz is a practicing civil rights attorney, a policy adviser and the founding director of the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, a think tank that addresses critical domestic policy challenges facing communities of color.

She previously served as policy counsel to Sen. Kamala Harris during her first and second terms as California’s attorney general, managing a variety of legal and policy issues, including civil rights, consumer protection, criminal justice, immigration, and privacy and technology policy.

Diaz has also managed domestic policy portfolios at three California nonprofits, clerked in the White House’s Domestic Policy Council and supported litigation efforts at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and California’s Bureau of Children’s Justice.

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