29 Mar RELEASE: Mimi Marziani appointed as chair of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ Texas Advisory Committee

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Contact: Melissa Martinez, Communications Coordinator
Phone: 512.474.5073 ext. 110
Email: melissa@texascivilrightsproject.org

RELEASE: Mimi Marziani appointed as chair of  U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ Texas Advisory Committee

Austin, TX
—This week, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) appointed Mimi Marziani, executive director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, as chair of the Texas Advisory Committee. In this role, she, and the other committee members, will lead efforts in Texas to address critical civil rights issues including justice, voting, discrimination, housing, education, and other important topics.

Mimi has an extensive background in civil rights advocacy, with particular expertise in election law. In addition to serving as TCRP’s executive director, Mimi is an adjunct professor of “Election Law and Policy” at the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to joining TCRP last year, Mimi had served in a leadership role in multiple political campaigns and spent several years as counsel for the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center of Justice at NYU School of Law, litigating election law cases in federal courts across the country.

The USCCR is an independent, bipartisan agency created by the Civil Rights Act of 1957 that advises the President and Congress on civil rights issues. The state advocacy committees, established in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, play an important role in civil rights advocacy at the state and local levels by conducting reviews of state policies, producing reports, and releasing recommendations to address civil rights issues.

Pablo Almaguer, President of the Board of Directors of the Texas Civil Rights Project, said;

“Throughout her career, Mimi has proven to be a strong advocate for civil rights. Her experience and determination make her an excellent choice to chair the USCCR’s Texas Advisory Committee.

She is a skilled leader who will advance the efforts of the advisory committee to address civil rights issues in Texas. Mimi has exactly what is needed to face the new threats to civil rights on the horizon.”

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The Texas Civil Rights Project uses legal advocacy to empower Texas communities and create policy change. In its twenty-five year history, TCRP has brought thousands of strategic lawsuits, defending voting rights, fighting institutional discrimination, and reforming systems of criminal justice. Today — with dozens of high-caliber attorneys and professionals in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley, and an extensive network of pro bono counsel and community allies — TCRP is among the most influential civil rights organizations in the Lone Star State.