Social Justice Fellow
Eliazar Chacha (He/Him/His) is an attorney and former Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Emerging Leaders intern, who has substantial experience working on criminal justice reform, election law and civil rights issues. Specifically, Eliazar received D.C. Bar pro bono honors for helping represent death row inmate Bobby James Moore before the United States Supreme Court in Moore v. Texas, 137 S. Ct. 1039 (2017). He also received recognition from the American Bar Association and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs for successfully obtaining the release of a federal inmate under the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act (known as the First Step Act), which was a bipartisan criminal justice bill passed by the 115th Congress and signed into law in December 2018. Lastly, his experience includes assisting the federal monitor and deputy monitor in overseeing the New Orleans Police Department’s (NOPD) compliance with a far-reaching Consent Decree before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Eliazar’s research focuses on how democratizing police departments can improve officer interactions with members of the Black community. He earned his B.A. with high honors from the University of California-Berkeley, his M.A. in History from the New York University, and his J.D. from Columbia University, where he was a Development Editor on the Columbia Law Review.