Erin is a Team Leader and Supervising Attorney in the Family Defense Practice, and the Co-Director of The Bronx Defenders’ Holistic Externship Program at Columbia Law School. In addition to representing parents who are entangled in the child welfare system, Erin also serves on several committees, such as the Black Mamas Matters Alliance, the Women Who Use Drugs Committee of the Office of Drug User Health at the NYS Dept. of Health’s AIDS Institute, and the NYC Dept. of Health’s Sexual and Reproductive Justice Community Engagement Group, which aims to insert a reproductive justice model into the city’s healthcare system.
In 2011, Erin graduated from Fordham University School of Law, where she was a Stein Scholar for Public Interest, and an Ann Moynihan Fellow, for law and integrative social work. She previously interned at The Door’s Legal Services Center and at The Bronx Defenders, as well as for the Honorable Dora L. Irizarry in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York. Erin was the recipient of the Archibald P. Murray Award, for completing the highest number of pro bono work hours while in law school. She was also the recipient of the Ann Moynihan Prize for outstanding clinical work at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice. Before attending law school, Erin taught English to 5th graders at the Iringa International School in Tanzania, and taught Spanish in her hometown of Baltimore. She holds a B.A. in Spanish Language and Dance from Emory University. Erin is a proud mother of two children and resident of the Bronx.
- Woodhull Sexual Freedom Presentation: Beyond Incarceration: The Policing of Black Women and Children Through the Child Welfare System?
- The Appeal: Two States Just Made It Easier to Take Babies Away from Mothers Who Use Drugs During Pregnancy
- NICHQ: Our Systems Meant to Help Are Hurting Black Families
- Rise Magazine: ‘Poor’ Parenting— When poverty is confused with neglect
- NYT: Black Children’s Welfare
- CUNY Law Review: Family Defense in the Age of Black Lives Matter