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Zoe Savitsky

Deputy Legal Director, Children's Rights

Zoe Savitsky oversees the SPLC’s children’s rights litigation and policy work, which focuses on ensuring that vulnerable children in the Deep South have access to the resources they need — particularly education and health services — to grow and thrive, and that they are neither excluded from nor denied such resources due to their background or characteristics. Vulnerable children in the Deep South are pushed into the school to prison pipeline at disproportionate rates, attend school in under-resourced education systems, and often have little or no access to vital health services. Savitsky’s previous experience includes serving as a trial attorney in the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she focused on developing the DOJ’s school-to-prison pipeline practice; and working for other youth- and poverty-oriented organizations at the state and national level. Originally from California, Savitsky is a graduate of Harvard College and of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.