Hirsa Amin joined the CFSY team as a Legal Fellow in the summer of 2021. Hirsa works with the Legal & Policy Team on the CFSY’s legal and legislative response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Jones v. Mississippi.
A graduate of Yale Law School and the University of California, Berkeley, Hirsa has worked in international human rights, civil rights, immigration, and capital and criminal defense. Before attending law school, she worked for the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley, where she conducted open-source investigations research for reports and legal cases concerning war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.
In law school, Hirsa’s research focused on prisoners’ rights and the Eighth Amendment. Most recently, she co-authored the paper, Punishment in Prison: Constituting the “Normal” and the “Atypical” in Solitary and Other Forms of Confinement, 115 Nw. U. L. Rev. 45 (2020). Hirsa was also a member of the Peter Gruber Rule of Law Clinic, where she participated in litigation and policy advocacy aimed at upholding the constitutional framework of checks and balances and preventing governmental infringements on civil liberties. In 2020, she was a law clerk for the Appellate Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Previously, she was a legal intern for the Federal Defenders of New York for the Southern District of New York.
Outside of the office, Hirsa enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and learning new arts and crafts.