Andrew Afifian, J.D., is a policy analyst with Right on Crime. He works with Right on Crime partners to give the formerly incarcerated greater access to meaningful and fulfilling work opportunities. He also helps introduce and provides support to legislation that reduces over-criminalization, so that law enforcement can focus on things that truly impact public safety.

Afifian brings his legal experience and his broad academic background to bear on the critical and often complex challenges present in criminal justice reform. He spent several years litigating high stakes commercial cases for both plaintiffs and defendants in fast-paced New York City, before returning to his hometown of Dallas, Texas. He has advocated for clients whose issues ranged from bankruptcy to pharmaceuticals and other healthcare and product liability and commercial litigation. After earning his law degree, his work as a clerk in Superior Court New Jersey Criminal Division provided firsthand experience of many of the shortcomings of the justice system that Right on Crime addresses.

Afifian earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and he has bachelor’s degrees in biology and political science from Southern Methodist University. Afifian is fluent in Farsi (Persian).

In his free time, Andrew enjoys hiking, bicycling, and playing tennis.