Yolanda Rondon

Civil Rights Attorney and Policy Advocate

Yolanda Rondon is a Staff Attorney for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), where she works on legal cases and policy issues related to surveillance, racial and religious profiling, hate crimes, employment discrimination and immigration. Ms. Rondon drafted an amicus brief as counsel of record to the 9th Circuit in Farraj v. Cunningham (discriminatory/bias conduct by a judge and court appointed officials). Ms. Rondon also drafted as co-counsel amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. (religious accommodation in employment) and Zivotofsky v. Kerry (Jerusalem Passport Case). Ms. Rondon also substantially contributed to amicus brief submitted by the Center for Constitutional Rights to the 3rd circuit in Hassan v. City of New York (profiling by NYPD) and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Evenwel v. Abbott (representation by elected officials). Ms. Rondon has provided written and oral testimony to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board on surveillance, privacy and profiling concerns of the Arab American community. Ms. Rondon has provided written testimony and reports to the United States Commission on Civil Rights on religious violations of prisoner rights and religious accommodation issues in immigration detentions. Ms. Rondon, also addressed the United States compliance with the Convention Against Torture and privacy issues related to surveillance at the U.S. Department of State – Universal Periodic Review. Ms. Rondon has also provide written testimony to U.S. Congressional committees on issues ranging from profiling and countering violent extremism to the refugee crisis and the visa waiver program. As well as oral testimony to the U.S. Department of Education on implementation of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act, resource equity, and accountability for English Language Learners. Ms. Rondon has served as a speaker and conducted several interviews for articles, newspapers and radio shows on employment discrimination, immigration, racial profiling and constitutional issues including at the GNI Conference at Stanford Law University, Computer Freedom and Privacy Conference in Virginia, National Action Network, Al-Jazeera, PBS, Al-Arabiya, BBC, N.Y. Daily News, U.S. News & World Report, Voice of America, The International Business Times, WHUR 96.3 – The Daily Drum, and 88.5 WMNF – True Talk, ArabVoicesSpeak, Albany Union Times. Recently, the American Bar Association – Human Rights Magazine published Ms. Rondon’s article entitled, Is Korematsu Really Dead? Still Lurking in Front of the Penumbras? Ms. Rondon has also published research on fair trial rights at international tribunals.