Letitia Harmon is the ACLU-KS Policy Director

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Policy Director

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she, her, hers
Letitia Harmon joined ACLU Kansas as Policy Director in 2018. Originally from Kansas City, Letitia traveled the world for study and work before coming back home to be near family. Prior to accepting the position at ACLU Kansas, Letitia taught Anthropology and Political Science at Johnson County Community College. 
 
Previously, Letitia worked with Strategic Applications International in Washington DC, on solutions to human trafficking, student loan reform, racial justice, law enforcement reform, and prevention of gender-based violence in the U.S. and Kenya. She also served as a political consultant to Abolish 153 in Kuwait, a women's organization seeking to change the Kuwaiti penal code. In 2014, she was assigned to work with the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing and helped author the final report on recommendations for criminal justice reform, which was presented to President Obama and the Department of Justice and serves as a model for local law enforcement practices and policy today. 
 
In 2000 Letitia was accepted as an Associate Student of Oxford University in Oxford, UK, where she studied English Romantic Literature. She returned to the states to complete a Bachelor's in International Studies at Seattle Pacific University. She received a Master's from the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies in International Relations, specializing in Political Economy and Human Rights. She interned in Nepal with the Himalayan Society for Youth and Women's Empowerment, working with Tibetan refugees in Kathmandu. In the afternoons, she volunteered at Punarbal Plus orphanage with children who were HIV affected/infected. The following year, she studied Urdu at the American Institute for Indian Studies on a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship from the State Department. While there, she interned with Sanchetna, a microfinance team seeking to economically empower women in Uttar Pradesh. 
 
Currently, Letitia sits on the boards of KC 4 Refugees and the United Nations Association. She has volunteered with several local organizations, including UNA Women of Greater Kansas City, Stand Up For Racial Justice, Human Rights Campaign, World Refugee Day, Heart to Heart International, Kansas City Rescue Mission, and Giving Hope and Help, as well as global NGOs, including Women's Protection Center of Nepal, Amnesty International, International Justice Mission, SEMA Kenya, UW Human Rights Center, and Free Burma Roundtable.

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