Helen Vera '02

Helen received her B.A. in English from Yale University and worked as a reporter-researcher at Vanity Fair magazine in New York for four years. She returned to Yale for her J.D. and has worked as a fellow at the ACLU's National Prison Project in Washington, D.C., an associate attorney in private practice, and a law clerk on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She is now a Trial Attorney in the Special Litigation Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, where she investigates and litigates cases to defend the civil rights of people incarcerated in state and local jails, prisons, and other institutions.

Helen has written for legal publications as well as for a broader audience, on diverse topics including solitary confinement, open access laws, and artists' rights. She lives in the D.C. area with her family.
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