Erin Hustings is an equity and civil rights policy strategist and subject matter expert. In two decades of work with community development organizations and mission-driven entities in the nation’s capital, Erin has advocated inclusion and agency in immigration policy, elections, public data collection, education, workplaces and workforce development programming. She helped to draft and secure favorable votes on the Voting Rights Advancement Act, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, and other key federal legislation; and has briefed elected officials, Members of Congress, and the public on topics ranging from quality of public hate crimes data to dangers of conducting government business in English only.
Erin began her career as a junior high teacher in the Peace Corps in West Africa and did organizing and development work for public foundations focused on empowering women and children. Since becoming a lawyer, she has been an active volunteer with the Election Protection Coalition’s hotline and poll monitoring program, pro bono counsel to immigrants seeking humanitarian protection, and is the co-founder and coordinator of the DC Detention Visitation Network, which supports people affected by immigration detention in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Erin earned her B.A. from Grinnell College, and a J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Law Center Community and the Joyce Chiang Award, and was a Pro Bono Pledge honoree.