Yolanda Rondon, Esq.
Yolanda Rondon is a Staff Attorney for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), where she works on legal cases and policy issues related to surveillance, racial profiling, hate crimes, employment discrimination and immigration. Ms. Rondon drafted an amicus brief as counsel of record to the 9th Circuit in Farraj v. Cunningham (discriminatory/bias conduct by a judge and court appointed officials). Ms. Rondon also drafted as co-counsel amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. (religious accommodation in employment) and Zivotofsky v. Kerry (Jerusalem Passport Case). Ms. Rondon also substantially contributed to amicus brief submitted by the Center for Constitutional Rights to the 3rd circuit in Hassan v. City of New York (profiling by NYPD).
Ms. Rondon has provided written and oral testimony to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board on surveillance, privacy and profiling concerns of the Arab American community. Ms. Rondon has provided written testimony and reports to the United States Commission on Civil Rights on religious violations of prisoner rights and religious accommodation issues in immigration detentions. Ms. Rondon, also addressed the United States compliance with the Convention Against Torture and privacy issues related to surveillance at the U.S. Department of State – Universal Periodic Review.
Ms. Rondon has served as a speaker and conducted several interviews for articles, newspapers and radio shows on employment discrimination, immigration, racial profiling and constitutional issues including the N.Y. Daily News, U.S. News & World Report, Voice of America, The International Business Times, WHUR 96.3 – The Daily Drum, and 88.5 WMNF – True Talk, ArabVoicesSpeak. Recently, the American Bar Association – Human Rights Magazine published Ms. Rondon’s article entitled, Is Korematsu Really Dead? Still Lurking in Front of the Penumbras? Ms. Rondon has also published research on fair trial rights in international tribunals.
Prior to her position at ADC, Ms. Rondon was a law clerk at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and for Chief Administrative Judge Charetta Harrington at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Cleveland, Ohio. During law school, Ms. Rondon also served as a law clerk in Israel, working on cases involving Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees. Ms. Rondon earned her Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2013, with legal concentrations in individual rights and social reform, and international humanitarian law. Ms. Rondon earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the SUNY Buffalo State College in 2010.