Hanna Dershowitz

Hanna Liebman Dershowitz is a policy attorney specializing in criminal legal reform. She serves as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for New Yorkers United for Justice. In this role, she leads NYUJ’s legislative advocacy and serves as a fulcrum for NYUJ’s member organizations, maximizing the coalition’s impact on state-level criminal legal reform. Previously, she was Director of Special Projects for the Alternative Sentencing Division of the Aleph Institute, where she spearheaded national advocacy on alternatives to incarceration. She has also served as Director of Legal Affairs and Policy Development at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs in New York, where she crafted new JCPA policy on criminal justice and drug policy reform. Prior to JCPA, she was the Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform Advocate at the ACLU of Southern California, where she was a local leader on California’s Public Safety Realignment law and reentry policies and conducted legislative advocacy for reduction of drug possession penalties. She notably served as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor to Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis, spearheading a landmark package of major reforms to the criminal system in Texas. She received her J.D. with honors from Brooklyn Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. She was a journalist in New York, her hometown, in the early 1990s.