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Meet the 2016 Fellow: Darya Larizadeh

Darya Larizadeh, Policy Research Consultant


Darya Larizadeh is a policy research consultant. Her work focuses on criminal justice reform and women’s rights. After graduating from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2011, Darya spent two years representing indigent clients in criminal court at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and in private practice. Since that time she has devoted her efforts to creating meaningful change in the criminal justice system through her work at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at U.C. Berkeley. Her research has focused specifically on wrongful convictions in California, probation department sentencing recommendations, and the quality of representation for indigent juveniles. She is the co-author of “CRIMINAL (IN)JUSTICE: A Cost Analysis of Error in California’s Criminal Justice System,” Rebecca Silbert, John Hollway, and Darya Larizadeh, The Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley School of Law (Forthcoming). In addition to her criminal justice work, Darya has also advocated on behalf of women and other marginalized groups. Abroad, Darya spent time in India working with the Karnataka State Women’s Commission and in Haiti’s Internally Displaced Person’s Camps documenting living conditions and human rights violations after the 2010 earthquake. She co-authored a report entitled, “We’ve Been Forgotten: Conditions in Haiti’s Displacement Camps Eight Months after the Earthquake”, USF School of Law, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, LAMP for Haiti. Following her trip to Haiti, she wrote a policy paper for the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti on the subject of women’s participation in the rebuilding process after the earthquake. Locally, Darya devotes time to serving her community. She currently is a College Mentor at College Track of East Palo Alto and will begin serving as a Commissioner on the San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women in January of 2016. Prior to her work in law, Darya received a Master’s degree in political science from the City University of New York, Graduate Center and graduated with Honors from U.C. Santa Cruz with a B.A. in politics.

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