Michael Sisitzky is lead policy counsel in the Advocacy Department. He leads the department’s police transparency and accountability campaign, and his portfolio also includes work in the area of privacy and technology.
Before joining the NYCLU, Sisitzky served as a staff attorney with Immigration Equality, where he provided direct representation as well as administrative and legislative advocacy for LGBT binational couples, who had few options for being together in the U.S. until the Defense of Marriage Act was declared unconstitutional. He was a frequent speaker on LGBT immigration issues, having trained several hundred attorneys and activists on best practices for working with LGBT immigrants, and he has contributed to reports by CNN, MSNBC, and a publication by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. While in law school, Sisitzky interned with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, where he helped partner organizations to draft municipal nondiscrimination legislation. As an intern with the New York State Division of Human Rights, he investigated complaints of housing and employment discrimination throughout the New York metro area.
Sisitzky graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in politics, and he received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2012. In 2014, he was recognized by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the 40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.