I. India Thusi, Associate Counsel & Robert L. Carter Fellow

India Thusi is Associate Counsel & Robert L. Carter Fellow at The Opportunity Agenda. She focuses on policies and advocacy to promote a fair and just criminal justice system.

Immediately, after graduating from law school, she clerked for the fellowship’s namesake, the Honorable Robert L. Carter, while he served on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. After clerking for Judge Carter, India clerked for Judge Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and more recently clerked for Justice van der Westhuizen on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Prior to joining The Opportunity Agenda, India was a research fellow at the Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. 

India has litigated civil rights cases as a Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she challenged the overpolicing of young people. She was the Keith Center Lecturer at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit and the Director of the Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History. India has authored articles on a variety of issues around policing and structural inequality in the criminal justice system.

India holds a J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law and a B.A. from Emory University. She has conducted ethnographic research on the policing of sex workers in South Africa and is completing her Ph.D. in Anthropology and Law & Society at the University of Witwatersrand.