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Zahyr Lauren, Law & Policy Coordinator

Pronoun: They/Them

A revolution that is based on the people exercising their creativity in the midst of devastation is one of the great historical contributions of human kind.
— Grace Lee Boggs

Zahyr Koro-Ranae Lauren is a legal/policy coordinator with the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions, an independent research, training and advocacy think tank that applies Human Justice to achieve public safety, racial equity, community investment, human development and well-being in society. Founded and developed by academic professionals with prior experience within the criminal punishment system, the organization is the first of its kind in the country.

Z is a former Human Rights and Capital Murder Investigator with the Southern Center for Human Rights who has investigated Human Rights abuses in prisons and jails throughout the South in addition to serving as the primary defense team fact investigator and mitigation specialist on a capital murder case. Z brings almost 10 years of investigative, legal, community advocacy and parole advocacy experience to the Center that was born out of deep frustration and anger at the targeting of black and brown families by the criminal punishment system. Our families in overwhelming numbers, are dealing with the heavy emotional, psychological, physical, financial, and often lethal consequences of the carceral system in America.

As a black attorney, Z is dedicated to leveraging experiences of black and brown communities who are persecuted, deported and systematically disappeared within Americas cages, with the goal of building community power fueled by parallel and intersectional struggle.

In addition, Zahyr is emerging as a prolific geometric visual artist engaged in the practice of art as a form of trauma therapy, meditative healing and communal thought sharing.