Born in Queens, New York and raised in Portland, Oregon, Ashley is a graduate from the University of Oregon with a degree in Anthropology and Philosophy. In December 2015, Ashley graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a LLM in Criminal Justice and Human Rights Law, where she wrote her dissertation on police use of deadly force against black Americans in the United States. In Belfast, she worked with three human rights organizations on receiving justice for the families of individuals that were killed as a result of collusion between the British Army and paramilitary groups during the conflict. During her time in Europe, she attended The Hague Academy of International Law and earned a certificate in Public International Law. Currently, Ashley works for a criminal defense attorney on a federal drug conspiracy case and a capital murder case. She plans on pursuing a law degree.
Updated May 2015
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