Amanda Parris is the Policy Counsel for the ACLU of Arizona. Amanda graduated with a J.D. and an M.T.S. from Emory University where she focused on immigrants’ rights, religious discrimination, voting rights, and indigent criminal defense. Before joining the ACLU of Arizona’s litigation team and subsequently moving into policy work, she interned with the ACLU’s Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief in Washington, D.C. working on lawsuits involving religious discrimination. During law school, Amanda worked with the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council Appellate Division and the Georgia Capital Defender's Office. Amanda also helped to manage and draft a report on the conditions of immigration detention centers in Georgia while working pro bono with Project South. While obtaining her master’s degree, Amanda completed her thesis on the prejudicial and unwarranted criminalization of Muslims in the U.S. criminal justice system. Additionally, as a recipient of the Candler’s Criminal Justice Fellowship, Amanda engaged in policy work combatting the criminalization of poverty with the Southern Center for Human Rights. As Policy Counsel, Amanda is primarily responsible for supporting the ACLU of Arizona’s policy and advocacy efforts related to education equity, criminal justice reform, as well as First Amendment issues and other critical civil liberties issues.