Attorney, Policy & Advocacy Team
Prior to joining BDS in 2015, Andrea Nieves worked as a capital defense attorney in Durham, North Carolina. She represented indigent clients facing the death penalty at trial as a J. Kirk Osborn Fellow at the Fair Trial Initiative and defended death row inmates in their capital post-conviction appeals as a staff attorney at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation. She also spent one year doing human rights and anti-death penalty advocacy work with the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence in Jakarta, Indonesia as a Henry Luce Scholar.
Andrea received her B.A. from Occidental College in 2007 and her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2010. While in law school, Andrea was a Latino Institute for Human Rights Scholar. She participated in the NYU Law Equal Justice and Capital Defender Clinic, where she spent a semester in Montgomery, Alabama representing death row inmates and juveniles sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Andrea also advocated for youth in Brooklyn and the Bronx Family Courts in the Juvenile Defender Clinic, represented immigrant youth facing deportation as an intern at Legal Services for Children in San Francisco, and worked on civil rights impact litigation cases as a summer intern at LatinoJustice PRLDEF.
Andrea is dedicated to advocating for systemic social justice reforms for all of BDS’s diverse clients. She is admitted to practice law in New York, North Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.