Kaitlyn Barnes joined SCHR’s Public Policy Unit as Public Policy Counsel in August 2020. Before joining SCHR, Kaitlyn worked as a postgraduate policy fellow for the Barton Child Law & Policy Center at Emory University School of Law, advocating for evidence-based policy reforms to Georgia’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems and supervising law students in public policy and legislative advocacy clinics.
Kaitlyn earned her J.D. from Emory University School of Law. As a law student, she spent her summers and semesters interning with civil rights organizations across the South, including SCHR and the Mississippi Center for Justice, supporting litigation and public policy efforts to promote juvenile and criminal justice reform. Prior to attending law school, Kaitlyn engaged in racial reconciliation work in Mississippi, mentoring high school students and training them in civic engagement, civil rights history, and anti-racism skills. Kaitlyn received her B.A. in Classics from the University of Mississippi.