Through research, writing, legal services, and organizing, Andrea J. Ritchie has dedicated the past two decades to challenging racial profiling, police violence, criminalization and mass incarceration, with a particular focus on the experiences of women, girls, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of color. She is the author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color (Beacon Press 2017) and co-author of Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women (African American Policy Forum 2015), and Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Beacon Press 2011). A nationally recognized expert and commentator on policing issues, she has testified before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Prison Rape Elimination Commission, and several United Nations Treaty Bodies. She has appeared regularly in the New York Times, Washington Post, Teen Vogue, and on HBO, Yahoo News, NowThis, MSNBC, C-Span, NBC Nightly News, NPR, Al-Jazeera, and in Mother Jones. Her blogs and opinion pieces have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Root, Think Progress, Colorlines, Rewire, Cassius Life and TruthOUT.
Ritchie is currently Researcher-in-Residence on Race, Gender, Sexuality and Criminalization at the Social Justice Institute of the Barnard Center for Research on Women. In 2014 she was awarded a Senior Soros Justice Fellowship to engage in documentation and policy advocacy around profiling and policing of women of color.
A Warrant To Search Your Vagina
The New York Times [July 27, 2017]
How Some Cops Use the Badge to Commit Sex Crimes
Washington Post [January 12, 2018]
Why Young Girls Die Behind Bars
Teen Vogue [October 2, 2017]
States are trying to tackle police sexual violence, but the solutions fall dangerously short
ThinkProgress [May 10, 2018]
Police violence affects women of color just as much as men. Why don’t we hear about it?
The Washington Post [March 27, 2018]
Black mothers are not only survivors of police violence but also targets
Cassius Life [May 11, 2018]
Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas 07: Student Problems, Sidewalk Problems, Misconduct Problems
HBO [February 24, 2016]
Trump Agenda Spells Increased Violence for Immigrant Women
Washington Post - The Lily [September 21, 2017]
Say Her Name: What it means to center Black women's experiences of police violence
Truthout [September 18, 2015]
Black Lives Over Broken Windows
The Public Eye [July 6, 2016]
Invisible No More: Andrea Ritchie on the Policing of Black Women and Women of Color
The Laura Flanders Show [January 30, 2018]