Avalan Institute Director and Founder dr. nIAZ kASRAVI
Dr. Niaz Kasravi is a national expert and advocate on criminal justice, social justice, and racial justice. She is Founder and Director of the Avalan Institute for Applied Research Solutions, a research, advocacy & training institute.
Dr. Kasravi is the former Director of the Criminal Justice Program for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)- the nation's oldest civil rights organization. At the NAACP, she led several successful initiatives including campaigns to: abolish the death penalty in Maryland; enact stronger anti-racial profiling legislation in New York City; and free John McNeil who was wrongfully sentenced to life in Georgia. Her career includes serving as Lead Researcher & Associate for the Domestic Human Rights Program of Amnesty International USA, Deputy Director of the Anti- Recidivism Coalition, Director of Community Relations for the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian-Americans, and Policy Associate for Stop Prison Rape.
Dr. Kasravi holds a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). A National Science Foundation grant provided her an opportunity to travel to Iran in 2000 and work with Shirin Ebadi, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient of 2003, on human rights and the role of Iranian women in the reform movement.
Dr. Kasravi was born in Iran and migrated to the U.S. with her family in 1984. Though her works regularly takes her across the country, she currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.