Jessica Ginsburg

Jessie is the Director of Professional Development for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She began her DOJ career through the Honors Program in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division, where she investigated and prosecuted criminal civil rights violations throughout the United States. Among her significant federal trials were the racially motive assault of an interracial couple by a group of skinheads in Des Moines, Iowa; the firebombing of an African American family’s rowhouse outside Baltimore, Maryland; and a police captain’s abuse of arrestees with a stun gun in Doraville, Georgia. Jessie served for ten years as a deputy chief in the Criminal Section.

As the Director of Professional Development, Jessie leads the Civil Rights Division’s program to train both new and experienced staff in the Civil Rights Division. The Professional Development Program also coordinates the Division’s participation in pro bono activities, the international visitor program, electronic discovery, and training on civil rights issues at the National Advocacy Center.

During her career, Jessie participated in detail assignments to the misdemeanor trial section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia; the District of Columbia City Council’s Judiciary Committee; and the State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Office of Multilateral Affairs, and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

Jessie was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Princeton University, received a Master’s degree from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, and obtained her law degree from the University of Virginia.

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