Naïké Savain, Policy Counsel at DC Justice Lab, roots for the underdog in sports and in life. She has dedicated her time and effort to fighting for justice for the District’s most marginalized communities in and out of the workplace for over a decade, and she knows that means maximizing access to spaces and conversations where decisions are made and from which those most directly impacted are frequently excluded. Naïké is committed to bold and transformative change that is community-led, and she is willing to speak truth to power to achieve it.
After being one of thousands of voices to testify in favor of decreasing the MPD budget in 2020, Naïké accepted an appointment as Commissioner on the DC Police Reform Commission and advocated for meaningful change rather than taking the path of least resistance. Prior to that experience, Naïké’s professional expertise centered around the impact of legal systems on the most vulnerable Black and brown families in the District. Specifically, she spent six and a half years at the Children’s Law Center working her way up from Staff Attorney to Supervising Attorney in the Guardian ad Litem project; there she represented dozens of children in abuse and neglect proceedings, conducted local and national trainings, supervised more than 100 cases, advised on all aspects of litigation, and supported local advocacy campaigns.
During and after law school, Naïké learned how to build relationships and empathize with clients by working as a server at a DC restaurant, interning at Bread for the City, teaching law as an elective to high-school students through Georgetown’s Street Law Clinic, and representing children accused of delinquent offenses as a Student Attorney at the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic. Through these varied experiences, Naïké developed a passion for creative and practical problem-solving centered on treating others with dignity and respect.
Naïké Savain earned her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA in Political Science and French from Amherst College. She is fluent in Haitian Creole, French, and English, and trying to get back to fluent in Spanish.