Senator Kamala D. Harris is one of the most influential, outspoken, and admired politicians in the country. As Attorney General of California, she instated the first implicit bias procedural justice training, “Principled Policing: Procedural Justice and Implicit Bias,” for law enforcement in the state through the California Department of Justice. This training was designed to help law enforcement officers overcome barriers to effective community policing and rebuild the relationship of trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. To date, over two thousand police officers have been trained to recognize that everyone carries biases–and how to surmount them. In 2017, Harris was sworn in as a United States Senator for California, the first South Asian American senator and the second African American woman in history. She serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on the Budget.
Kamala has spent her life fighting injustice. It’s a passion that was first inspired by her mother, Shyamala, an Indian American immigrant, activist, and breast cancer researcher. Growing up in Oakland, Kamala had a stroller-eye view of the Civil Rights movement. Through the example of courageous leaders like Thurgood Marshall, Constance Baker Motley, and Charles Hamilton Houston, Kamala learned the kind of character it requires to stand up to the powerful, and resolved to spend her life advocating for those who could not defend themselves.