Andrea is the author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color and co-author of Say Her Name: Resisting Police Violence Against Black Women and Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States.
She writes and speaks extensively on national and local policing issues, focusing on the experiences of Black women and women of color and LGBTQ people of color. For articles or to book a speaking engagement contact her.
On sale August 1st from Beacon Press, Invisible No More is a timely examination of how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement. Placing stories of individual women—such as Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Dajerria Becton, Monica Jones, and Mya Hall—in the broader context of the twin […]
Earlier this year, I published Policing Race Gender and Sex A Review of Law Enforcement Policies which summarizes the results of my research as a 2014 Senior Soros Justice Fellow in terms of police policies governing: police profiling, police sexual violence, police interactions with LGBTQ people, police confiscation and citation of condoms as evidence of intent […]
Andrea is co-author of Say Her Name: Resisting Police Violence Against Black Women published in 2015 by the African American Policy Forum and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies. Say Her Name sheds light on Black women’s experiences of police violence in an effort to support a gender-inclusive approach to racial justice that centers all Black […]
According to a recent national study, a startling 73% of all LGBT people and PLWH (people living with HIV) surveyed have had faceto-face contact with police during the past five years. Five percent of these respondents also report having spent time in jail or prison, a rate that is markedly higher than the nearly 3% of the U.S. adult population who are under some […]
Drawing on years of research, activism, and legal advocacy, Queer (In)Justice is a searing examination of the queer experience–as criminal defendants, prisoners, and survivors of violent crimes. The authors unpack queer criminal archetypes– like “gleeful gay killers,” “lethal lesbians,” and “disease spreaders”– to illustrate the punishment of queer expression, regardless of whether a crime was […]
Andrea was lead researcher and coauthor for Amnesty International’s 2005 report Stonewalled: Police Abuse and Misconduct Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in the United States. Since Stonewall, significant progress has been made by the LGBT movement in the U.S. in confronting human rights abuses perpetrated by law enforcement. As the LGBT movement has grown in strength […]
Andrea contributed, “Law Enforcement Violence Against Women of Color“, in The Color of Violence: The INCITE! anthology (2006, South End Press). Color of Violence presents the fierce and vital writing of 33 visionary radical feminists of color. These writers not only investigate the intersecting ways in which violence and oppression exist in the lives of women […]
Andrea was a consultant for Caught in the Net, a report on women and the “war on drugs” published by the ACLU, the Brennan Center for Justice, and Break the Chains. Even when they have minimal or no involvement in the drug trade, women are increasingly caught in the ever-widening net cast by current drug […]
Andrea was a co-author for Education Not Deportation: Impacts of New York City School Safety Policies on Immigrant Youth, published by Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) 2006. In recent years, South Asian youth members of YouthPower!, a program of Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), have increasingly been reporting negative experiences they and their […]
Ritchie was a primary author of In the Shadows of the War on Terror: Persistent Police Brutality and Abuse in the United States, a “shadow report” submitted in 2007 on behalf of over 100 national and local organizations and individuals to the United Nations Committee Against Torture, the United Nations Human Rights Committee, and the […]