Alexis Agathocleous is a Deputy Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he works on issues of mass incarceration, criminal justice, LGBTQ discrimination, gender justice, profiling of Muslims, and the criminalization of dissent. He is counsel for plaintiffs in Aref, et al. v. Holder, et. al., challenging policies and conditions at the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Communications Management Units, and in Ashker v. Brown, a class action lawsuit challenging long-term solitary confinement at California’s Pelican Bay prison. He was lead counsel in Doe v. Jindal and Doe v. Caldwell, successful challenges to a Louisiana law that required individuals convicted of a “Crime Against Nature” to register as sex offenders.
Before coming to CCR, Alexis was a senior staff attorney at the Office of the Appellate Defender (OAD) and director of OAD’s Reinvestigation Project. He was a Karpatkin Fellow with the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union. Alexis graduated from Yale Law School, where he was a Coker Fellow and interned at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Alexis’s recent writing includes “Rampant use of solitary confinement in the US constitutes torture” on MSNBC.com, “Pelican Bay Hunger Strike One Year Later: The Movement Against Solitary Confinement Grows” on the Huffington Post, and “Eight Years After Lawrence, Sodomy Laws Are Alive and Kicking” on the Bilerico Project. Alexis and his writing have appeared in numerous outlets including National Public Radio, The Los Angeles Times, The Observer, Al-Jazeera, and New York Magazine.