Monique Lin-Luse is Senior Counsel of NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Monique has over ten years of advocacy, organizing, and educator experience in youth development, education access, social justice, and civil rights. She has focused her work on removing barriers to educational success for all students and ending the criminalization of youth of color. Monique is a proponent of community led interventions that utilizes multiple forms of advocacy to eliminate racial, gender and other disparities in education, housing, and economic opportunities.
Prior to joining LDF, Monique was the ninth Sol and Helen Zubrow Fellow in Children’s Law at the Juvenile Law Center of Philadelphia, where she worked on juvenile justice and child welfare system reform on the national level and in Pennsylvania. While at the Juvenile Law Center, she worked on ensuring constitutional protections for youth through impact litigation, direct representation, legislative advocacy and training child welfare and juvenile justice professionals.
Monique received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar and a recipient of the Juvenile Justice Clinic Award. Monique also has a Masters in Secondary Social Studies Education and taught middle and high school students in New York City as a New York City Teaching Fellow. She graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan Residential College with a B.A. in Political Science and Afroamerican and African Studies.