Chris Albin-Lackey is NCAJ's Legal & Policy Director. He helps to guide all of NCAJ’s activities. In particular, he is helping to develop the organization's work on abuses related to criminal fines and fees. He also helps lead NCAJ's efforts to support reforms that empower people other than lawyers to help those in need of legal services.
Prior to joining NCAJ, Chris was Senior Legal Advisor with Human Rights Watch, where he helped shape, edit and vet a substantial part of the organization’s research and advocacy, including its work on the United States. He also worked for more than ten years as a Human Rights Watch researcher and associate director. While at HRW, he authored several reports focused on the abuse of disadvantaged litigants in the US justice system.These included Rubber Stamp Justice: US Courts, Debt Buying Corporations and the Poor and Profiting From Probation: America’s Offender-Funded Probation Industry. Chris also carried out Human Rights Watch research and advocacy on business and human rights issues, and worked for several years covering Nigeria and the Horn of Africa for Human Rights Watch’s Africa Division.
Chris lived in Ethiopia and Madagascar as a Peace Corps volunteer. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Boston University and a JD from Columbia Law School.