As part of its new nationwide Litigation Initiative, the Louis D. Brandeis Center has hired former prosecutor Danit Sibovits to investigate and prosecute serious anti-Semitism cases in federally funded colleges and universities. Our press release announcing Danit’s arrival appears below.
|Press Release Body||WASHINGTON, DC, March 17, 2013 — The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law today announced that it is expanding its legal capacity to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism at American colleges and Universities. The Brandeis Center has just hired New York lawyer Danit Sibovits, a former criminal prosecutor who will join the Center’s Washington, D.C. headquarters staff. Sibovits will have nationwide responsibility for investigating and prosecuting anti-Semitic incidents that violate federal civil rights laws, such as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The move strengthens the Brandeis Center’s ability to take legal action against discrimination, harassment and hostile environments facing Jewish college and university students and to protect the freedom of speech and academic freedom.LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus commented, “Danit Sibovits’ arrival is an important mark of the Brandeis Center’s expansion. Danit brings great energy, skill and experience to the task of ensuring that Jewish students receive equal protection under the law. She will help the Center to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and, beyond that, to promote justice for all people.” The Center has already received considerable favorable attention for its innovative approaches to Jewish civil and human rights advocacy. In November, the Jewish Forward newspaper named Marcus to its prestigious “Forward 50” list of influential American Jews based on the Brandeis Center’s work to defeat anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism in American higher education. In particular, the Brandeis Center is known for innovative legal and public policy approaches to combat anti-Semitic incidents.Recent surveys show that 40% or more of Jewish American college and university students have experienced or are aware of anti-Semitic incidents on their campuses. While most Jewish American college students experience no discrimination, and while most American universites maintain a welcoming environment for Jewish students and professors, these surveys confirm what observers have long known based on anecdotal evidence, which is that anti-Semitic incidents are now appearing on United States campuses with alarming frequency. The Brandeis Center’s programs combat campus anti-Semitism through research, education and legal advocacy. Ms. Sibovits’ arrival marks an expansion in the Center’s litigation program.
Ms. Sibovits will also join the Center’s Louis D. Brandeis Center Blog as a regular blogger. LDB launched its new blog last week to increase awareness of anti-Semitism, religious freedom, academic freedom and the freedom of speech. Historian Gil Troy, author of “Moynihan’s Moment,” appeared as a guest blogger during the Blog’s inaugural week. Additional bloggers and guest bloggers will be announced soon.
About Danit Sibovits
Danit L. Sibovits is a graduate of Binghamton University and St. John’s University School of Law. While at St. John’s, Ms. Sibovits revived the Jewish Law Students Association as president. She was a member of the Frank S. Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute. After graduating law school, Ms. Sibovits worked as an Assistant District Attorney for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. While at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, she gained extensive litigation experience as well as analytical, investigative, and writing skills.
The Louis D. Brandeis Center, Inc., or LDB, is an independent, nonprofit organization established to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all. The Brandeis Center conducts research, education, and advocacy to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism on college and university campuses. It is not affiliated with the Massachusetts University, the Kentucky law school, or any of the other institutions that share the name and honor the memory of the late U.S. Supreme Court justice.