Stoneleigh and Rosenberg Leading Edge Fund Fellow | Nicole Pittman has spent more than a decade challenging youth registration and notification laws through extensive research in the field, lawyering and advocacy. As a 2011 Soros Senior Justice Advocacy Fellow at Human Rights Watch, Pittman interviewed hundreds of individuals raised on registries across the country to document the emotional and societal toll of subjecting children to this practice. Pittman’s 2013 Human Rights Watch report, “Raised on the Registry: The Irreparable Harm of Placing Children on Sex Offender Registries in the US,” is the first comprehensive examination of this issue. She’s since used her knowledge to provide testimony to at least 30 states and Congress, while in the process reshaping the public dialogue.
Previously, Pittman worked for seven years as a juvenile justice policy analyst attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She has also worked as an attorney at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, the New Orleans Public Defender Office, and the New Orleans Pro Bono Project. Pittman received a JD from Tulane Law School and a B.A. from Duke University. Her goal for the Center on Youth Registration Reform is to eliminate the placement of youth on registries.