Kanya Bennett is a former senior legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, serving from 2014 to 2020. In this capacity, Kanya advanced criminal justice reform at the federal level.
Prior to joining the ACLU, Kanya spent over three years at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy as the Director of Policy Development and Programming where she focused on civil and criminal justice issues. Kanya also served as Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee for over eight years and completed a fellowship at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation immediately following her graduation from law school. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and earned her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jul 29, 2020
Communities Deserve Better Than Bayonets and Grenade Launchers: The Defense 1033 Program Must End Now
Jun 12, 2020
Congress Can Lead the Charge on Divesting From Law Enforcement
Apr 29, 2020
Federal Bill Would Release Vulnerable People from Prisons to Help Stop Spread of COVID-19
Apr 13, 2020
Federal Wardens Must Immediately Flatten the Curve in our Nation's Prisons
Dec 20, 2019
A Fair Chance at Opportunity: The U.S. Government Bans the Box
Oct 25, 2019
The First Step Act was Exactly that, a First Step. What Comes Next?
May 16, 2019
Our Government Has Failed to Defend the Sixth Amendment
Jan 15, 2019
Can the Trump Administration Use Asset Forfeiture Funds to Build the Border Wall?
Jan 10, 2019
Trump’s Labor Department Wants to Drug-Test Applicants for Unemployment Benefits
Nov 9, 2018
Before Resigning, Jeff Sessions Handcuffed the Justice Department’s Ability to Police the Police