Ashley Mitchell

Staff Attorney, Education

Tel (718) 254-0700 x224

Ashley is excited to be a part of BDS’s Education Advocacy Project, where she addresses the educational needs of incarcerated youth and young people involved in the criminal justice or family welfare systems.

Ashley graduated from Princeton University with an A.B in Politics and a certificate in American Studies. She wrote her senior thesis on federal prisoner reentry programs during President George W. Bush’s administration. After college, Ashley worked for two years as a policy fellow at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice in Newark, NJ, where she worked on reforming state and municipal policies around hiring practices for people with criminal records, as well as on challenging juvenile transfer laws and zero tolerance policies in schools.

Following her time in Newark, Ashley enrolled at Fordham University School of Law, where she was a member of the Stein Scholar Public Interest Program. For her capstone project with the Stein Scholars Program, Ashley and two classmates worked with the Legal Aid Society’s Homeless Rights Project to create a comprehensive manual of available services for runaway and homeless youth ages 16-24. During law school, Ashley interned with the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, the Legal Aid Society’s Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Project, and Advocates for Children. As a 3L, Ashley participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic. Ashley received the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award in recognition of her commitment to public service.