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Carl Takei

Carl Takei ’07, staff attorney for the National Prison Project of the ACLU in Washington, DC, is the author of two recent ACLU reports on abuses in US immigration detention facilities: “Detention Is No Place for Infants, Children, and Families,” in reference to the Berks County (PA) family detention facility, and “A Most Unsurprising Riot,” which details life inside the Willacy County (TX) Correctional Center.

Illustration by Brian Stauffer

Righting Wrongs: Authored recent ACLU reports on immigration detention facilities’ abuses. Learning Curve: Participated in the criminal justice clinic at BC Law on the prosecution side. “Shifting my perspective to rely heavily on police testimony showed me how the sources of our information can profoundly influence what we understand the facts to be.” Three Words to Describe His Work at the ACLU: Exciting, heartbreaking, and absolutely necessary (OK—that’s four). Proudest Moment: “My cross-examination of an expert witness in a trial about segregation of and discrimination against prisoners with HIV. In just a few minutes, I was able to show that his conclusions about our clients were impossible to disentangle from his homophobia and other prejudices.”