Monique L. Dixon serves as Senior Counsel and Lead for TMI’s Policing Reform Campaign; she also serves as Deputy Director of LDF’s Policy team. In these roles, she is responsible for developing, coordinating and advancing LDF’s policy and legislative work in partnership with its Criminal Justice and Education Practice teams.
Specifically, Ms. Dixon works in collaboration with LDF’s education policy counsel to advance school discipline reform with a focus on state policy and community organizing. She also works to advance state level education policy reform, with particular attention to states where LDF remains engaged in desegregation litigation. In the area of criminal justice, Ms. Dixon oversees the organization’s efforts to advance criminal justice laws and policies that are administered fairly and without regard to race, with particular focus on federal policy.
Prior to coming to LDF, Ms. Dixon was Director of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program of Open Society Institute (OSI)-Baltimore, part of an international network of private foundations known as the Open Society Foundations established by philanthropist George Soros. At OSI, Ms. Dixon was responsible for developing, monitoring, and evaluating criminal and juvenile justice grant-making and advocacy strategies, distributing more than $8 million in grant awards to nonprofit organizations and state agencies.
Prior to joining OSI-Baltimore, Ms. Dixon served as senior staff attorney at Advancement Project in Washington, D.C., a non-profit civil rights organization. In that capacity, Dixon assisted multi-racial grassroots community organizations, lawyers, and public officials throughout the country with addressing policing, education, voting rights, and affordable housing issues. She was part of a team of civil rights attorneys representing African- and Haitian-American voters in NAACP v. Hood (a class action suit that arose out of the 2000 general elections), and she served as co-counsel in Anderson v. Jackson on behalf of African-American residents who challenged the demolition of public housing in New Orleans. Ms. Dixon also co-authored several reports on zero tolerance school discipline policies that led youth from schools to jails.
From 1997-2000, Ms. Dixon was a staff attorney at the Public Justice Center, where she served as the Center's first Equal Justice fellow spearheading its juvenile justice reform project.
Ms. Dixon is a member of the Bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and Hunter College of the City University of New York. She clerked for The Hon. Mabel Hubbard of the Circuit Court for the City of Baltimore.